UNH's Bourdon earns Hockey East defensive award
Melissa Bourdon

WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec), a sophomore goaltender on the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, was named Defensive Player of the Week by Hockey East on Monday. It is the third time this season that Bourdon has received this honor. She was a previous recipient Dec. 13 and Oct. 25.

Bourdon went 1-0-1 last week with a 0.96 goals-against-average and .962 save percentage as she stopped 51 of 53 shots in 125 minutes of action. She made 22 saves in a 1-1 tie against 10th-ranked Princeton University and that included two in overtime. In a 3-1 win vs. Yale University, 17 of her 29 saves were recorded in the second period.

Overall, Bourdon has a 10-3-2 record with a 1.82 GAA, .919 save percentage and two shutouts. Those numbers rank No. 9 in the nation in GAA and 11th 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 Hockey East Player of the Month and Goaltender of the Month for October, as well as two-time selection for USCHO.com Defensive Player of the Week.

UNH (13-3-2 overall, 6-0-0 Hockey East) continues its eight-game homestand Jan. 5 against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.

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