STORRS, Conn. – Two Huskies were recognized by Hockey East for their contributions in the two-game sweep of Vermont last Friday and Saturday. Sophomore Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) was named Warrior Hockey East Player of the Week and senior goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) took home Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Lum was recognized for her four point performance against the Catamounts, three of which came in Saturday’s 3-1 victory. Lum opened the scoring early on in both games, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead three minute in on both Friday and Saturday. The Richmond, B.C. native also assisted Theresa Knutson’s game-winning goal on Saturday and tacked on an insurance goal for the Huskies in the third period to seal it 3-1.
Lum’s four point performance brings her total to 17 points so far this season, including seven goals and 10 assists. Of her seven goals, three of them have been on the power play and one was the game-winner. Her two goals on Saturday set a single-game career-high for Lum and she tied her career-high of three points in one game which she had set on two other occasions.
Chuli was honored for her 55 combined saves and 1.00 goals against average in the two-game series against Vermont. The Catamounts outshot the Huskies on both occasions, but Chuli’s solid performance in net kept UConn on top. The Waterford, Ont. native only gave up one goal in each game, both in the second period and one of which was a power play goal.
Chuli held Vermont to two scoreless third periods to guide the Huskies to both wins, stopping 18 shots in the third period to preserve a one-goal lead Friday and a two-goal lead Saturday. The two wins bring her to a 6-9-2 record in net this season with 631 saves a .942 save percentage and a 2.32 goals against average. Chuli is currently fourth in all-time career Hockey East saves with 2,010 saves in just Hockey East match-ups.
Lum, Chuli and the rest of the Huskies are back at it on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. when they will host No. 1 Boston College at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs.
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