UNH's Bourdon feted as USCHO Defensive Player of the Week
Melissa Bourdon

Bourdon received the honor for recording back-to-back shutouts in the Hockey East Championship to lead the Wildcats to their first Hockey East tourney title with 6-0 victories against both the University of Maine and ninth-ranked Boston College. Bourdon, named the Hockey East Goaltending Champion for the third consecutive year and as a Hockey East Second Team All-Star prior to the tourney, was also voted to the RBK/CCM All-Tournament Team for her performance in the two-day tournament. Bourdon made 21 saves in the semifinal vs. Maine and stopped 17 shots against BC in the final to extend her consecutive shutout streak to four games and a total of 282 minutes, 10 seconds, both of which are school records.

In 30 games this season, Bourdon has compiled a 27-2-1 record with a 1.06 goals-against-average, .931 save percentage and 10 shutouts. She ranks No. 1 in the nation in wins and winning percentage (.917), second in GAA as well as sixth in both save percentage and minutes (1804:48). Bourdon's 1.06 GAA is on pace to shatter UNH's previous benchmark of 1.28 established by Lynn Walsh in 1980, and her .931 save percentage would tie for third on UNH's list of single-season superlatives. Her 10 shutouts ranks second in the single-season records.

Bourdon's other 2006 honors include Hockey East Goaltender of the Month (January and February) and being featured in Sports Illustrated as a "Face in the Crowd."

UNH (32-2-1), winners of the 2006 Hockey East regular season and tournament titles, has an NCAA-record 28 game unbeaten streak of 27-0-1 with a 16-game winning streak. The Wildcats have received automatic qualifier status and await the March 12 NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship selection show that will be televised on CSTV beginning at 8:45 p.m.

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