CHESTNUTT HILL, Mass. – The UConn women’s ice hockey (3-2-2, 0-2-0) fell short of No. 2 Boston College (9-0-0, 3-0-0) 4-0 on Friday at Conte Forum. Senior goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) racked up a career-high and record breaking 59 saves, the most recorded in program history.
The majority of the first period remained evenly matched at 0-0 until Boston College took a 1-0 lead off a power play goal with less than four minutes on the clock in the first frame.
The Eagles extended their lead to 3-0 in the middle period. The first goal came just over five minutes out of the break, when Haley Skarupa of BC beat Chuli high just over her right shoulder.
The second goal of the second period came again with less than four minutes left on the clock. Chuli made the initial save and rolled on her back to try and cover the back door of the goal and prevent the rebound, but an Eagle was there to tap it in.
Boston College knocked in one more in the final frame, claiming the 4-0 shutout. Chuli came up with three saves right in a row and the puck got lost in a cluster in front of the net. The referee had not blown the play dead when BC’s Lexi Bender came in and tapped the puck in the back of the net from underneath Chuli.
Chuli recorded 59 saves on 63 shots, a personal best and the most in program history. The previous record-high was 55 saves made by both Chuli last season against Vermont on January 10, 2015 and Diana Cohen against Wayne State in January of 2001.
Boston College goaltender Katie Burt tallied 15 saves for her third shutout of the season. Senior Brittany Berisoff (Kelowna, B.C.) recorded the most shots for the Huskies with four, followed by sophomore Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Manitoba) who had two.
The Huskies will return home to host Boston College Saturday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. in the second game of the series at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs.