Bourdon records fourth shutout with 28 saves
ORONO, Maine - Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) recorded 28 saves for her 11th career shutout and both Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) and Taylor Palazeti (Calgary, Alberta) scored two goals to propel the eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 5-0 Hockey East victory against the University of Maine at Alfond Arena.
UNH, 18-1-2 lifetime vs. Maine, won its fourth consecutive game to improve to 19-5-4 overall and 11-1-2 in Hockey East. The Black Bears are now 12-11-3, 3-9-2.
Following a scoreless first period in which the shots were even at 8-8, Palazeti and Jones netted goals 56 seconds apart late in the middle stanza to give New Hampshire a 2-0 lead through two periods.
Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario) initiated the sequence on the game's first goal with a pass from the right point down to Lindsey Caleo (Clinton Township, Mich.) in the circle. Palazeti converted the centering pass into a power-play goal at 17:45 - just one second remained on the Maine penalty - for a 1-0 lead.
Jones, with the assistance of Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.), scored from the top of the crease and her team-leading 21st goal of the season extended the advantage to 2-0 at 18:41.
Bourdon stoned Cheryl White and Sonia Corriveau from close range in the opening minutes of the third period, just as she did to Danielle Tangredi in the first period and Tristan Desmet on a third-period power play, to keep Maine scoreless.
This marked Bourdon's fourth shutout of the season and 11th of her career. She has three shutouts in seven career games vs. Maine.
UNH closed with three goals in the latter half of the final frame to pull away.
Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) won the puck from two Black Bears at the right dasher and her pass sent Jones alone in front, and she capitalized to score a shorthanded goal at 13:03 to give the 'Cats a 3-0 lead. Palazeti, with the assistance of Becky Peters (Dover, N.H.) and Caleo, netted her second goal of the game from the right post at 16:06. Craig capped the scoring with 47 seconds remaining. Jones and Jackie Wedster (Chicago, Ill.) were credited with assists.
Maine goaltender Rachel Gettings stopped 23 shots.
New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 19 (2 p.m.) at the University of Connecticut. The next Wildcat home game is Feb. 26 vs. Providence College. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m.