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Four Members Of Penn State Women’s Hockey Named Finalists For CHA Yearly Awards

The College Hockey America conference released the finalists for its yearly awards Tuesday afternoon, and Penn State was well represented, with four members receiving recognition.

Jeff Kampersal was named a finalist for CHA Coach of the Year, Maggie MacEachern is a finalist for the conference’s Best Defenseman Award, Julie Gough received the recognition for Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and Tessa Janecke is in the running for Forward of the Year.

In his seventh season as Penn State’s head coach, Kampersal has led the team to a 21-12-3 overall record and a 14-4-2 conference record. He also brought the team to a regular season CHA title for the second consecutive year and third in the last four years. Kampersal is a two-time CHA Coach of the Year and won the award last season.

MacEachern, a graduate transfer from Colgate, has six goals and 13 assists on the season. She also has 45 blocks, the second-highest on the team, leading her to be named a finalist for the CHA’s Best Defenseman. Additionally, in 36 appearances, MacEachern has committed just four minor penalties.

Gough, also a graduate student, has seven goals and nine assists this year. She has been a steady piece for the Nittany Lions throughout her career, as she has seen significant minutes over the last five years. Gough was named a finalist for the conference’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Lastly, star sophomore forward Janecke received finalist honors for the CHA Forward of the Year. She leads the team in most statistical categories, including 17 goals, 36 assists, 53 points, and 207 shots. Last year, Janecke was named the conference’s Rookie of the Year.

The blue and white return to action for the CHA Tournament Championship at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at Pegula Ice Arena. The game will be broadcast on BTN+.

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