WAKEFIELD, Mass. – After opening 2015 with a 42-save performance on Saturday at Northeastern, UConn women’s hockey goaltender Elaine Chuli was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday (Jan. 5). It is the third weekly honor of the season for Chuli and the ninth career league honor for the junior.
In a 3-3 overtime tie at NU on Jan. 3, Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) stopped 42-of-45 shots, good for a .933 save percentage, to help the Huskies pick up a Hockey East point. She was particularly sharp in the third period and overtime, recording 21 saves over the game’s final 25 minutes. At the 3:30 mark of the extra frame, she robbed United States Olympian Kendall Coyne of NU with a brilliant glove save on a point-blank attempt, and moments later stuffed another chance on the doorstep to preserve the draw.
Overall this season, Chuli holds a 3-5-4 record with a 2.75 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. Her save percentage is good for third in Hockey East and 15th nationally among Division-I goaltenders. Chuli picked up earlier Defensive Player of the Week nods after a 54-save performance against No. 10 Minnesota Duluth on Sept. 28 and a 51-save outing vs. No. 5 Clarkson on Nov. 28.
Chuli and the Huskies return to the ice with a non-conference tilt at No. 6 Harvard on Tuesday, Jan. 6. Puck drop from the Bright-Landry Center in Boston is set for 7 p.m.