HYANNIS, Mass. – For the second straight season, UConn women’s hockey goaltender Elaine Chuli has been named a Women’s Hockey East Association Honorable Mention All Star. The WHEA made the announcement at its Championship banquet on Friday night (March 6).
Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) picks up the award in a season that has seen her record four of the five highest single-game save totals in program history, including tying the program-record for stops with 55 on Jan. 10. The junior became UConn’s all-time saves leader last weekend at Maine, now with 2,444 stops in a Husky uniform.
A five-time WHEA Defensive Player of the Week and February’s Goalie of the Month this season, Chuli holds an 8-11-5 record with a 2.95 GAA and a .922 save percentage on the year. Her save percentage places her third in the conference and top-20 nationally. In the month of February, Chuli went 4-1-2 with a 2.43 GAA and a .930 save percentage to backbone UConn to the WHEA Semifinal round.
Her performance of the season came at Maine on Feb. 28 when she recorded a 45-save overtime shutout to send UConn to a 2-0 quarterfinal series victory. It was Chuli’s first shutout of the season and the third of her career. In the two-game playoff set, Chuli posted a 0.92 GAA and a .973 save percentage.
Chuli is one of two Huskies to be honored with postseason awards by Hockey East this season, with Leah Lum (Richmond, British Columbia) picking up an All-Rookie Team nod earlier this week. Chuli was UConn’s lone All Star honoree last season and is the first Husky to notch WHEA postseason honors in consecutive seasons since fellow netminder Alexandra Garcia in 2010 and 2011. Also honored at the banquet was UConn coach Chris MacKenzie, tabbed one of three finalists for the league's Coach of the Year award.
The Huskies return 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.