STORRS, Conn. – Sophomore goaltender Morgan Fisher recorded a 30-save shutout against Rensselaer on Saturday afternoon, helping her to earn Women’s Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday morning – the first of her career.
Fisher, a native of Vernon, Conn., is 1-1-1 between the pipes for the Huskies (4-3-2, 0-2-1 WHEA) this season. She matched her career-high with 30 stops against RPI on Saturday, on the way to UConn’s 0-0 tie with the Engineers at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
When asked about Fisher’s performance, head coach Chris MacKenzie said, “She probably had five or six big-time saves on good scoring chances. If we get that every time she plays, I will be a very happy coach.”
Fisher joins fellow goalie Annie Belanger as the second Husky to achieve WHEA Defensive Player of the Week, after UConn’s senior goaltender won it back on Oct. 23. It is the third major award for the Huskies (Briana Colangelo, Player of the Week – Oct. 16).
In three appearances this season, Fisher has made 76 saves and recorded a .962 save percentage – while allowing 0.99 goals on average per game. She currently leads all Hockey East goalies in save percentage and goals against average.
Saturday’s game was the second shutout of the season for the sophomore, following her 24-save outing in a 5-0 win over Union on Oct. 14.
The Huskies return to league action this weekend when they travel to play Boston University (Friday at 7 p.m.) and Maine (Sunday at 2 p.m.).