Elaine Chuli Logs First NCAA Career Win in 5-1 Victory over Princeton

Mark Staffieri@@MarkStaff100Contributor IIJanuary 3, 2013

Photo by Stephen Slade
Photo by Stephen Slade

After an 0-9-2 start to the first half of the season, freshman goaltender Elaine Chuli started off 2013 on a great note with the first win of her NCAA career. In a 25-save performance, Chuli led the Connecticut Huskies to a 5-1 victory over the Princeton Tigers. While Chuli achieved a great milestone in her budding career, Princeton’s backstop Ashley Holt was making her first career NCAA start.

Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs, Connecticut played host to Connecticut’s first win since October 26, 2012.

The Huskies took command early. Kayla Campero opened the scoring at the 1:01 mark of the first period, and less than two minutes later, Michela Cava logged her seventh score of the season to provide the Huskies with a 2-0 lead.

Prinecotn replied at the 6:59 mark with a goal by Alex Kinney, with assists going to Kelly Cooke and Corey Stearns. Before the period ended, the Huskies scored again as Brittany Berisoff provided Connecitut with a 3-1 lead. Campero would assist on the score.

After a second period that saw both teams combine for 19 shots, the score remained 3-1 in favor of the Huskies. Despite two power play opportunities for Princeton (Kayla Campero for tripping at 7:38, and Sarah McDonnell for charging at 9:06), Chuli was solid between the pipes as she nullified both power plays.

Even though Connecticut earning two power plays of their own in the final frame, both of their goals were scored at even strength.

Campero logged her second goal of the contest while Casey Knajdek registered her second assist on the night. With 23 seconds left on the clock, Berisoff would log her second score as well to ice the game 5-1 for Connecticut. Of note, Campero would assist on the goal as she finished with a sterling four-point performance.