No. 7 UNH women's hockey falls to Mercyhurst, 4-0

Dartmouth wins UNH Thanksgiving Tournament

DURHAM, N.H. -- Laura Hosier recorded a shutout with 17 saves in her collegiate debut to lead the ninth-ranked Mercyhurst College women's ice hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 4-0 victory against seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire in the finale of the Ocean National 2004 UNH Thanksgiving Tournament at the Whittemore Center.

UNH, which defeated Minnesota State 4-1 on Saturday, is now 9-2-1 overall while Mercyhurst claimed second place in the tourney by improving to 8-4-2. No. 2-ranked Dartmouth College won the UNH Thanksgiving Tournament with victories against Minnesota State, 4-0, on Sunday and Mercyhurst (4-3 on Saturday).

Stefanie Bourbeau gave MC a 1-0 lead at 7:05 of the first period when her shot from the right circle sailed into upper-right corner of the net. The Lakers carried that one-goal lead into the middle stanza and netted goals at 2:53 and 5:05 to extend the advantage to 3-0.

Samantha Shirley scored off a rebound -- UNH goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) stopped the initial shot by Ashley Pendleton -- to produce the 2-0 lead, then Danielle Ayearst scored on a screened slap shot from the left point.

Sara McDonald's power-play goal -- again on a shot from the right circle into the upper-right corner -- closed the scoring at 3:41 of the third period.

Bourdon finished with 17 saves in UNH's first home loss of the season (7-1-0).

Dartmouth's Gillian Apps was named the Most Outstanding Player and teammates Meagan Walton and Kate Lane were 2004 UNH Thanksgiving All-Tournament Team selections. MC's Chrissy Yule and Michelle Bonello, as well as UNH's Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Melanie Salatino of MSU, were also named to the All-Tournament Team.

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In Sunday's opening game, Cheryl Muranko recorded a goal and two assists to propel Dartmouth to a 4-0 win against Minnesota State. Muranko gave the Big Green a 1-0 lead at 4:28 of the first period and the score remained that way until Katie Weatherston netted a power-play goal at 4:58 of the middle stanza. Meredith Batcheller (at 2:22) and Apps (3:19) scored 57 seconds apart early in the final frame to close the scoring. DC goalie Kate Lane made nine of her 17 saves in the third period. MSU's Laura Brennan stopped 25 shots, including 13 in the third period.

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UNH returns to action Dec. 1 (7 p.m.) at Dartmouth College. The next Wildcat home game is Dec. 4 against the University of Connecticut. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m.

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