MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec), a sophomore goaltender on the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, was named the USCHO/ITECH Women's Division I Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday night. Bourdon, who received the same honor Nov. 2, was also named Defensive Player of the Week by Hockey East on Monday.
In her only game of the week, Bourdon recorded 30 saves (.968 save percentage) to backbone UNH to its 2-1 victory against then fifth-ranked Harvard, whom the Wildcats had not defeated since their 1998 championship season. Three of Bourdon's 11 saves in the third period came when Harvard was skating with a two-player advantage in the final 39 seconds as the Crimson, already on the power play, pulled its goalie in favor of another skater.
Bourdon has a 9-3-1 overall record with a 1.96 goals-against-average, .910 save percentage and two shutouts. Those numbers rank No. 12 in the nation in GAA and 18th in save percentage. She is 3-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA, .940 save percentage and one shutout in Hockey East action. Her other honors this season include both Player of the Month and Goaltender of the Month for October.
UNH (12-3-1 overall, 6-0-0 Hockey East) is on break for exams and will return to action Jan. 1, 2005 at home against Princeton University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m. The Wildcats will also play host to Yale University on Jan. 2 (2 p.m.).