ERIE, Pa. - Senior co-captain Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) scored the game-tying goal and freshman goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) made a career-high 36 saves to lead the eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 2-2 non-conference tie against No. 7 Mercyhurst College at Mercyhurst Ice Arena.
UNH, which recorded a 1-0 road victory against Niagara on Saturday, is now 8-7-3 overall (3-0-1 Hockey East). Mercyhurst, now 1-3-1 lifetime vs. the Wildcats, extended its unbeaten streak to eight games (5-0-3) and is 15-2-4 overall (6-0-0 CHA).
The Wildcats trailed 2-1 entering the third period, but Thomas, with the assistance of Lindsey Caleo (Clinton Township, Mich.) and Rebecca Paul (Sudbury, Ontario), tied the score with her second goal of the season on a shot from the high slot.
Bourdon, whose previous career high of 34 saves occurred Nov. 30 vs. Harvard, turned aside all 11 Lakers' shots in the third period as well as all three in the five-minute overtime session.
MC goalie Desirae Clark finished with 29 saves, including 13 in the third period and one in overtime.
Mercyhurst took a 1-0 lead at 4:16 of the first period when Samantha Shirley scored from the left doorstep. The Wildcats tied the game, 1-1, just under four minutes later when Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ontario) scored a power-play goal from close range at 8:15. Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ontario) and Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ontario) were credited with assists.
The Lakers netted the only goal of the second period to regain the lead, 2-1, as Jackie Jarrell scored with 1:57 remaining in the stanza.
New Hampshire returns to action next weekend with a pair of home games against Hockey East rival Maine. The series opens Jan. 16 (7 p.m.) and concludes Jan. 17 (2 p.m.) at the Whittemore Center.