NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The UConn women’s hockey team battled back, but ultimately fell short of the undefeated, No. 1 Boston College in a 4-2 decision on Saturday in the WHEA semifinals.
Senior goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) finished with 36 saves on Saturday and set two more Hockey East records. The first was for most saves in WHEA tournament history with 149 after her 113 save performance in the quarterfinals and her 36 save performance against the Eagles. Chuli also set the record for post-season career saves with 335.
Boston College took a 1-0 lead after the first period after Haley Skarupa scored on the power play with less than five minutes to play in the first period.
The Eagles extended their lead to two goals 7:29 into the second period with a goal from Meghan Grieves.
Sophomore Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) put UConn on the board 16 minutes into the second period after she went top shelf on BC goaltender Katie Burt to make it 2-1 going into the third period. Senior Margaret Zimmer (St. Charles, Ill.) took credit on the assist.
Sophomore Justine Fredette tied it up 2-2 less than a minute into the third period after she scored while being brought down by an Eagle and drawing a tripping penalty on BC. Zimmer earned her second assist of the game and freshman Kayla Mee (Winnipeg, Manitoba) earned the secondary assist.
BC retook the lead less than five minutes later, scoring its second power play goal of the game. The Eagles solidified their lead 7:47 into the third to make it a 4-2 final.
The Huskies’ season ends with its second straight appearance in the WHEA semifinals, while BC advances to its third straight WHEA championship game.