Texan Goaltender Ashlynne Rando Rounds 'em Up in First Career NCAA Win

Mark StaffieriContributor IIOctober 19, 2012

(Photo obtained from Twitter @AshhSmash35)
(Photo obtained from Twitter @AshhSmash35)

Ashlynne Rando blocked 35 Connecticut shots as she helped the Colgate Raiders to a 4-1 win at Starr Rink.

In just her second NCAA start, it was the second-straight win for the Raiders program. The one goal she did allow in the October 13 contest was on the Connecticut power play in the third period. Rando posted a very respectable .972 save percentage in the win.

After a scoreless first period, Taylor Volpe opened the scoring as she grabbed the puck from the corner. Near the 18:00 mark of the second, Katelyn Parker gave the Raiders a 2-0 lead. Heading into the third period, team captain Jenna Klynstra and Brittany Phillips assisted on Jocelyn Simpson’s breakaway goal.

With Connecticut facing a 3-0 deficit, Sarah MacDonnell brought the beleaguered club back in the game.

A slapshot by Kiana Nauheim was tipped by MacDonnell and dropped in the corner of the crease. She tapped in the rebound to deny Rando her shutout.

With two minutes left in the final stanza, UCONN removed netminder Elaine Chuli in favor of the extra attacker.

The result was Klynstra and Simpson connecting once more. With the game clock displaying 1:37 left, Simpson buried the puck into the empty net to give the Raiders an insurmountable 4-1 lead.

Of note, the match featured two prominent goaltenders.

Elaine Chuli, who stood between the pipes for Connecticut, has strong credentials. The Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres (PWHL) goaltender was a member of the 2012 Canadian National Under-18 team. Among her accomplishments, Chuli boasts a gold medal with Team Ontario Red at the 2011 U-18 National Championship, and a 2012 U-18 World IIHF gold medal.

Rando attended the North American Hockey Academy and set a school record for most shutouts in one season. She posted a staggering 26 shutouts in one season during 2010.  NAHA was part of the Junior Women’s Hockey League (competing against hockey academics from Canada and the US). She helped NAHA to the JWHL Under-19 titles in 2011 and 2012, respectively. With NAHA, Rando stood between the pipes as her team defeated the Czech National women’s team in 2012. Other highlights of her young career included a Nike Bauer title in 2011, and a 2012 Can-Am title in Kitchener, Ontario. Rando was part of the USA Hockey National Camps for several years, and will make a strong case for inclusion at the 2018 Winter Games.