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Penn State Women’s Hockey Earns Four Individual CHA Awards

Penn State women’s hockey’s strong season has not gone unnoticed and earned the awards for CHA Player, Rookie, Coach, and Defenseman of the Year, as announced on Wednesday. The news comes just one day after five Nittany Lions earned All-CHA honors.

Junior forward Kiara Zanon earned the CHA Player of the Year award. This season, Zanon broke the program’s previous scoring record and her own record for points. She currently has 25 goals and 48 points on the year.

Freshman forward Tessa Janecke earned the CHA Rookie of the Year nod following her breakout season with the Nittany Lions. In 2022, Janecke broke Penn State’s freshman record for goals, points, and assists.

For the second time in his career, Penn State women’s hockey head coach Jeff Kampersal won the CHA Coach of the Year award. He previously earned the distinction after the 2020 season.

This season, Kampersal led the team to 26 wins –– the best mark in program history. The Nittany Lions are actively defending a win streak of 17 games, dating back to November 26.

Senior defenseman Izzy Heminger also received the CHA Defenseman award after an outstanding season on both sides of the ice. Heminger has recorded 27 points so far this season and ranks sixth in the country in assists, with 23.

The Nittany Lions return to Pegula Ice Arena at 2 p.m. on March 4, where they will face Mercyhurst in the CHA Championship.

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