No. 8 UNH women's ice hockey blanks Niagara, 1-0

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. - Freshman goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) stopped all 21 shots to record her third career shutout and lead the eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 1-0 non-conference victory against Niagara University at Dwyer Ice Arena.

UNH improved to 8-7-3 overall (3-0-1 Hockey East) and Niagara is now 2-12-3 (1-4-1 CHA).

Bourdon, who entered the weekend ranked ninth in the nation in goals-against-average and 11th in save percentage, turned aside nine shots in the first period and eight in the middle stanza as the teams skated to a scoreless tie through two periods.

Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.), with the assistance of Rebecca Paul (Sudbury, Ontario), scored from the left doorstep at 6:30 of the final frame and it proved to be the only goal of the game.

The Wildcats generated a 27-21 shot advantage, including 10-4 in the third period.

Niagara goalie Allison Rutledge stopped 26 shots.

New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 11 (2 p.m.) at seventh-ranked Mercyhurst College. The next Wildcat home game is Jan. 16 vs. Maine. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.

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