DURHAM, N.H. - Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec), the two-time reigning Hockey East Rookie of the Week, made a career-high 34 saves but the eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team was defeated 2-1 by No. 3 Harvard University in Sunday afternoon's non-conference game at the Whittemore Center.
UNH fell to 6-4-2 overall and Harvard remained unbeaten at 7-0-0.
With the game tied 1-1 through two periods, the Crimson generated a 17-5 shot advantage in the final frame and produced the game-winning goal. Julie Chu won a faceoff from the left circle back to Jennifer Sifers, who touched the puck to Angela Ruggiero at the left point. Ruggiero's slap shot hit Bourdon's right leg pad and carried into the net with 5:52 remaining in regulation.
The Wildcats called time out with 4:09 to play and pulled Bourdon in favor of an extra skater with 45 seconds on the clock. Harvard's defense prevented a game-tying shot, however, to preserve the victory.
Crimson goalie Ali Boe, who had three shutouts in as many games prior to Sunday's contest, turned aside 16 shots, eight of which were in the first period.
Harvard opened the game scoring at 10:37 of the first period. Lauren McAuliffe's initial shot from the right circle hit the near post and the puck rebounded into the slot, where Jennifer Raimondi wristed a shot into the net.
New Hampshire tied the score, 1-1, with a power-play goal by Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) at 18:50 of the opening stanza. The initial shot from the right point by Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) was blocked, then Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.) was denied by Boe from the slot. Gordon gathered the rebound at the left doorstep and lifted the puck into the net.
The Crimson, which finished with a 36-17 shot advantage, had an 11-3 edge in shots during the scoreless second period.
New Hampshire returns to action Dec. 5 vs. Vermont. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.