Feb. 3, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - UConn women's hockey goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) finished off her outstanding month of January by winning Hockey East Co-Goaltender of the Month, the league announced on Monday (Feb. 3). The award is the fourth conference honor Chuli has received this season. She shares the honor with Boston College's Corinne Boyles.
The award for the Huskies' netminder comes after she posted a 1.52 GAA and .955 GAA in 10 January starts. In each start she recorded at least 30 saves, and allowed two or fewer goals in nine of them. She also recorded her first career shutout at Vermont on Jan. 11, turning aside 32 shots for the first shutout for a UConn goalie since Nov. 2011.
During her outstanding run, Chuli was twice named WHEA Defensive Player of the Week, first on Jan. 6 after a 33-save performance at Princeton, and again on Jan. 27 after stopping 66-of-68 shots in a two-game set with Providence. She also earned the honor earlier this season on Sept. 30 following a 43-save performance against Union.
On the year, Chuli's January has seen her season numbers improve to the tune of a 2.67 GAA and .924 save percentage. Those marks are seventh and third in the WHEA, respectively, and her save percentage is good for 16th nationally. If it stands, her save percentage would be the highest single-season mark in program history.
The award for Chuli is the first monthly award for a UConn player since Alexandra Garcia was named WHEA Defensive Player of the Month for November on Nov. 30, 2010. Garcia would go on to become the runner-up for the WHEA Player of the Year in the 2010-11 season.
Chuli and the Huskies return to action this weekend when they host No. 7 Boston College on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.