WAKEFIELD, Mass. - After backstopping the UConn women's hockey team to a WHEA Quarterfinal sweep at Maine over the weekend, goaltender Elaine Chuli has been named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. The league made the announcement on Monday (March 2).
Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) picks up her fifth weekly award of the season, also grabbing Defensive Player of the Week nods on Sept. 29, Dec. 2, Jan. 5 and Jan. 12. This honor comes following a 45-save overtime shutout on Feb. 28 to clinch UConn's quarterfinal series at Maine. Chuli made 26 saves in game one of the series on Feb. 27, finishing the two-gameset with a 0.92 GAA and a .973 save percentage.
The 45 saves in game two marked the second-highest save total in WHEA Quarterfinal history and the fourth-most stops in any WHEA Championship game. Overall this season, Chuli holds a 2.95 GAA and is third in Hockey East and 20th nationally with a .922 save percentage. She tied the UConn record for saves in a game with 55 stops against Vermont on Jan. 10 and holds four of the five highest single-game save totals in program history.
UConn returns to the ice on Saturday, March 7 in the Women's Hockey East Championship Semifinals in Hyannis, Mass. The five-seed Huskies take on top-seed and No. 1 Boston College at 1:30 p.m. from Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Memorial Rink. For championship and ticket information, click HERE.