Boston - Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) recorded her sixth shutout of the season with a 15-save performance to lead the eight-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team to Saturday afternoon’s 2-0 Hockey East victory against Northeastern University in the regular-season finale for both teams at Matthews Arena.
UNH won its seventh consecutive game to extent the nation’s longest unbeaten streak to 10 games (9-0-1) and end the regular season with a 22-8-4 overall record (17-1-2 Hockey East). Northeastern is now 13-12-8, 7-9-4.
Following tow scoreless periods, Sadie Wright-Ward (Durham, N.H.) scored at 13:45 of the final frame on a wrist shot from the high slot. Stephanie Jones (Kimberly, B.C.), who made the centering pass, and Allison Edgar (Bridgen, Ontario) were credited with assists.
Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ontario) netted her team-leading 23rd goal on a breakaway as she scored from the left doorstep at 15:19. Rebecca Paul (Sudbury, Ontario) set up the rush with a pass through the neutral zone and Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) also assisted by pushing the puck ahead to Paul out of the defensive zone.
NU goaltender Chanda Gunn (43 saves) tied her record for saves in a period as New Hampshire generated a 23-6 shot advantage in the first period. UNH had a 14-6 edge in shots in the middle stanza but the game remained scoreless despite the Wildcats’ 37-12 shot advantage through 40 minutes.
Bourdon made six saves in both the first and second periods en route to the shutout.
New Hampshire won the Hockey East regular-season title to earn the No. 1 seed in the Hockey East Championships. The top-seeded Wildcats will play Northeastern in a March 20 semifinal game at NU’s Matthews Arena. Game time is 4 p.m. The championship game, also at Matthews Arena, is March 21 (1 p.m.).