Sept. 30, 2013
STORRS, Conn. -- Fresh off its season opener on Saturday, the UConn women’s hockey team has already received a pair of weekly accolades from the Women’s Hockey East Association. Junior forward Rachel Farrel (Cheshire, Conn.) was named Athletic Republic Co-Player of the Week, and sophomore goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) got the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week nod, as announced by the conference this morning (Sept. 30).
Farrel’s Player of the Week laurels come after she scored both of UConn’s goals in its 3-2 loss to Union. The forward showed immense range on her two goals. The first, a second period strike, came when she sent home a rebound off a Kayla Campero shot in a scrum in front of the net. The second, which came early in the third period, came off a breakaway after she was released from the penalty box. Farrel dangled in front before sending a nifty backhand top shelf over the Union netminder’s blocker. It marked the second multi-goal game of her career, after tallying a pair against RPI on Oct. 5, 2012.
Chuli earns Defensive Player of the Week honors after stopping 43-of-46 shots in the UConn setback, finishing one save shy of her career-high. The second-year netminder stopped the first 22 shots she faced, and her .935 save percentage after the first week of play is currently fourth in the nation.
This marks the first weekly award in the careers of both Farrel and Chuli, and the first accolade for UConn since Campero took home Player of the Week Honors on Jan. 7, 2013.
Rounding out the weekly award from the conference, New Hampshire's Vilma Vaatovaara was named Co-Player of the Week, UNH's Cassandra Vilgrain was named Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week, and the Wildcats earned the league Team of the Week.
The Huskies are back in action this weekend when they travel to Minnesota-Duluth for games on Friday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 5. Both match-ups with the Bulldogs are set for 7 p.m. (ET) puck drops.