UNH women's hockey duo receives Hockey East honors

Hekle named top player, Bourdon tabbed top defensive player

Nicole Hekle

WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba), a sophomore forward on the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, was named Hockey East Player of the Week and sophomore goalie Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) received the conference's Defensive Player of the Week honor on Monday.

Hekle, who received the same distinction Nov. 29 and Oct. 18, is the only repeat recipient of the Player of the Week award this season. This also marks the third time this season that Bourdon has been honored as Defensive Player of the Week.

Hekle recorded six points with two goals and four assists in wins against Northeastern (5-2) and Harvard (2-1) last week. She registered two goals and two assists - including one on the game-winning goal - in the Hockey East win vs. the Huskies, then set up both of UNH's tallies in the 2-1 win vs. the fifth-ranked Crimson.

In her only game of the week, Bourdon recorded 30 saves (.968 save percentage) to backbone UNH to its 2-1 victory against Harvard. Three of her 11 saves in the third period came when Harvard was skating with a two-player advantage in the final 39 seconds as the Crimson, already on the power play, pulled its goalie for another skater.

Hekle leads the team in both assists (18) and points (29), as well as power-play goals (six), and is second in goals (11). She is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation in assists (1.12 per game), No. 11 in points (1.81 ppg) and No. 19 in goals (0.69 gpg), as well as No. 10 in power-play goals.

Bourdon has a 9-3-1 overall record with a 1.96 goals-against-average, .910 save percentage and two shutouts. Those numbers rank No. 12 in the nation in GAA and 18th 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 Player of the Month and Goaltender of the Month for October.

A UNH student-athlete has received the Hockey East Player of the Week award four consecutive weeks and a total of five times this season.

UNH (12-3-1 overall, 6-0-0 Hockey East) is on break for exams and will return to action Jan. 1, 2005 at home against Princeton University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m. The Wildcats will also play host to Yale University on Jan. 2 (2 p.m.).

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