Feb. 10, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – After going 2-0 with wins over No. 7 Boston College and New Hampshire on the road last weekend, the UConn women’s hockey team was named Hockey East Team of the Week on Monday (Feb. 10), the league announced. Goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) was also named Warrior Hockey East Co-Player of the Week after stopping 83-of-84 shots over the two contests.
The Huskies defeated Boston College, 2-0, on Saturday, Feb. 8 for their first win over a ranked opponent since March 6, 2010. Chuli made 45 saves in the win for her second shutout of the year, and Kayla Campero (Wallingford, Conn.) and Stephanie Raithby (London, Ontario) lit the lamp on offense. It was UConn’s first win over Boston College in its last 12 tries, snapping a 10-game losing streak and 11-game winless streak against the Eagles dating back to Feb. 6, 2010. The victory also ended Boston College’s 11-game unbeaten and seven-game winning streak, marking BC’s first loss since Nov. 30, 2012.
UConn then closed its season series at New Hampshire, erasing an early deficit en route to a 3-1 victory at the Whittemore Center. Brittany Berisoff (Kelowna, British Columbia), Sarah MacDonnell (Quispamsis, New Brunswick) and Michela Cava (Thunder Bay, Ontario) scored for UConn in the victory, while Rachel Farrel (Cheshire, Conn.) assisted on the final two goals. Chuli made 38 saves in the contest, keeping UNH at bay for much of the contest after the early goal. The win sealed a season series with New Hampshire for the third time in program history.
On the week, Chuli finished with a .988 save percentage and an 0.50 GAA to earn the weekly conference honor. It is the fifth conference honor of the season for Chuli, who has won Defensive Player Of The Week thrice and was the Co-Goaltender of the Month in January. She shares her weekly award this week with BU’s Sarah Lefort, who scored five goals in two games for the Terriers.
The weekly honor for the Huskies is their second Team of the Week nod in Chris MacKenzie’s first year on the bench. UConn also took home the award on Oct. 27 after sweeping RPI in two games at Freitas Ice Forum. Overall this season, the Huskies have hauled in nine team or individual conference awards.
The Huskies, who moved up to fifth place in the WHEA standings after their big weekend, return to action on Saturday, Feb. 15 for the first of two games at Northeastern. Puck drop from Matthews Arena in Boston on Feb. 15 and 16 is set for 2 p.m.