Melissa Bourdon posts 17 saves for Wildcats

DURHAM, N.H. – Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario) scored her third goal of the season and Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) recorded 17 saves as the third-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team skated to a 1-1 tie against fourth-ranked St. Lawrence University in Saturday afternoon’s non-conference game at the Whittemore Center.

UNH, unbeaten in 28 consecutive home games (25-0-3), is now 9-1-1 overall, including 2-0-1 in overtime, and SLU is 8-2-1.

Following a scoreless first period in which UNH recorded a 11-4 shot advantage, the Wildcats took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 7:31 of the second stanza. Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) initiated the sequence with a pass from the left point to Shannon Clement (Sault Ste Marie, Ontario) in the corner. Clement threw the puck in front of the net, where Paton’s initial shot was stopped by SLU goalie Meaghan Guckian but Paton socred off the rebound.

New Hampshire took that 1-0 lead and a 20-7 shot advantage into the second intermission.

The Saints evened the score, 1-1, on their fifth power play of the game. UNH goalie Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) stopped Britni Smith’s initial shot from the left point, but Sabrina Harbec gathered the puck at the right post and lifted a shot into the net. Carson Duggan was also credited with an assist on the play.

SLU began the five-minute overtime session with 1:47 remaining on a power play. Chelsea Grills, who was stoned by Bourdon on a first- period breakaway, found open space in the left circle and fired a shot from the face-off dot that was snared by Bourdon.

Bourdon made three saves in OT following a seven-save effort in the third period. Guckian made one of her 28 saves in the extra session.

UNH finished the game 1-for-3 on the power play and 7-for-8 on the penalty kill.

New Hampshire and SLU conclude the two-game series Nov. 12 (2 p.m.) at the Whittemore Center.