WAKEFIELD, Mass. – For the fourth time this season and second consecutive week, UConn women’s hockey goaltender Elaine Chuli has been named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. The league made the announcement on Monday (Jan. 12). It is the 10th Hockey East award of Chuli’s career.
Chuli (Waterford, Ontario), who shared the honor this week with No. 1 Boston College’s Emily Pfalzer, has now won the weekly laurel in each of the last three weeks that UConn has played. This honor comes after a record-setting performance on Jan. 10, when the junior tied the program single-game record with 55 saves in a 5-1 win over Vermont.
On Jan. 6, Chuli made 35 saves in a setback at No. 6 Harvard, giving her 90 saves in the two games she played during the week. Her 55 saves on 56 shots on Jan. 10 sparked the Huskies to a weekend sweep of Vermont, their first Hockey East sweep since Feb. 8 and 9, 2014.
Overall this season Chuli holds a 4-6-4 record with a 2.99 GAA and a .921 save percentage. She currently places third in the league and 17th nationally in save percentage and is fourth in Hockey East in winning percentage. For her career, her .913 save percentage and 2,102 saves both place her fourth in Connecticut history.
Chuli and the Huskies return to the ice this weekend to host a pair of league contests against New Hampshire. UConn and UNH will square off on Saturday, Jan. 17 and Sunday, Jan. 18 for a pair of 3 p.m. puck drops.