Bourdon records season-high 33 saves for 'Cats
DURHAM, N.H.-- Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) recorded a season-high 33 saves to lead the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 2-1 non-conference victory against No. 9 Brown University at the Whittemore Center.
UNH improved to 6-0-0 while Brown fell to 1-1-0.
With the score tied 1-1 midway through the third period, UNH converted back-to-back penalties against Brown into a 2-1 lead. The Wildcats did not score on the 5-on-3 advantage they had for 38 seconds, but Taylor Palazeti (Calgary, Alberta) scored from in front just five seconds after the first penalty expired for a power-play goal at 12:57. Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario), who made the pass from the high slot to the low slot, and Lindsey Caleo (Clinton Township, Mich.) were credited with assists.
Brown called time out with 1:19 remaining and pulled goaltender Stacy Silverman in favor of an extra skater. She had to re-enter with 56 seconds to play, but exited again 19 seconds later. Brown's offense generated some dangerous scoring chances, including Ashlee Drover's shot from the right point and consecutive shots from the low slot by Jessica Link and Lindsey Glennon.
Bourdon denied all three opportunities and preserved the one-goal lead. The 33 saves are three less than her personal best of 36 established last season vs. Mercyhurst College.
Brown's Silverman finished with 26 saves in 59:00.
The Bears took a 1-0 lead at 1:10 of the first period when Hayley Moore's pass from behind the net was one-timed into the net from between the circles by Krissy McManus.
UNH trailed 1-0 at the first intermission and pulled even with a power-play goal at 2:26 of the middle stanza. Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) initiated the scoring sequence with a pass from the right circle to Becky Peters (Dover, N.H.) at the point. Peters' pass found Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) alone at the right post and she redirected the puck into the open net.
The Wildcats finished the game 2-for-11 on the power play while Brown went 0-for-7. UNH is ranked No. 1 in the nation in penalty kill and is now 56-for-57 (98.2%).
New Hampshire returns to action at home Nov. 3 vs. Northeastern University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.