STORRS, Conn. – Two senior Huskies were recognized by the conference for their performances in the two-game sweep of UNH in the Hockey East quarterfinals. Forward Leah Buress (Windsor, Ont.) was deemed Warrior Hockey East Co-Player of the Week for her five-point showing against the Wildcats while goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) was named HEA Defensive Player of the Week for her stunning 113 save showing in the quarterfinal series.
Buress tallies five points in two games with New Hampshire, including three goals and two assists. In Friday’s 3-2 victory over the Wildcats, Buress scored UConn’s second goal off a breakaway halfway through the second to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead. Buress took credit for assists on both of the other UConn goals, including the game-winner, to finish with three points.
In Saturday’s 4-3 triple overtime thriller, Buress was responsible for tying up the game 3-3 with just 41 seconds left in the third to force overtime in game two. After two scoreless overtime periods, Buress ended it three minutes into the third overtime, to sweep the Wildcats and send the Huskies to the semifinals.
Chuli, the all-time UConn and Hockey East career saves record holder, stopped 113 shots over the two-game quarterfinal series with UNH. In Friday’s 3-2 decision, Chuli kept the Huskies alive right up until zeros on the clock, making 44 saves in 60 minutes of action.
In Saturday’s triple overtime contest, Chuli shattered her single-game saves record, recording 69 saves in over 102 minutes between the pipes, 38 of those saves came in overtime minutes. Her previous single-game high was 59 saves, the most in the UConn program history, which came against Boston College earlier this season on Oct. 30, 2015.
Buress, Chuli and the rest of the Husky squad will take on Boston College in the Hockey East semifinals Saturday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Lawler Rink in North Andover, Mass.