With the NWHL season coming to a close, the pressure is on for Elaine Chuli and the Toronto Six.
Chuli will enter the Isobel Cup semifinals leading the league with a four-game winning streak. The Six’s starting goaltender will no doubt hope to extend that streak with a ticket to the Isobel Cup finals.
As the top seed in the league, both the Toronto Six and Chuli are going into the semifinals smoking hot. However, with Lovisa Selander between the pipes for the Boston Pride, nothing is a sure thing. Chuli’s prowess will be key in the long-awaited semi-final matchup.
While Chuli has not played in a plethora of high-stakes games, her individual statistics with the UConn Huskies and on the international stage are nothing short of impressive. Furthermore, her performance this season is an underdog success story that no one can argue against.
When Chuli signed with the Six last offseason, she was the more experienced goaltender with many individual awards under her belt. However, coming off a CWHL season where she posted a less-than-stellar 0.899 save percentage for the Toronto Furies, many question marks surrounded whether Chuli or Samantha Ridgewell would take to the crease.
Once Chuli stepped into the Toronto Six crease, she made it clear she was the woman for the job. In her first NWHL game she was awarded the game’s second star, despite a disappointing 3-0 loss to the Metropolitan Riveters. After ceding the crease to Ridgewell for a game, Chuli took back the starting goaltender gig and ran with it, leading the Toronto Six to a four-game wining streak to end the season.
Beyond holding the league lead in wins (four), Chuli also has a 0.936 save percentage and a 1.65 GAA, putting her on the leaderboard for every category. She posted a 25-save shutout in her final regular-season game, still managing to shine In a dominant 6-0 win against the Connecticut Whale that all about firepower.
Chuli has shown no signs of slowing down for the upcoming semi-final matchup against the Pride. In what is sure to be a great goaltending battle, all eyes will be on Chuli as she fights to walk out of the NWHL bubble with the Isobel cup in her hands.