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As Penn State prepares for its season opener scheduled for Sept. 22, there’s plenty to be excited about after a school-record 18 wins in 2021-22.
The Nittany Lions are coming off an 18-10-5 season in which several subclasses saw significant playing time on the ice.
Despite the loss of players such as Natalie Heising and Rachel Weiss, Penn State’s forward squad remains one of the most talented in the conference. Even with the losses, there will be no lack of experience this season, as many of the team‘s key players will return to Happy Valley for the upcoming campaign.
Five of the team’s 10 losses in 2021-22 have come by scoring less than two points, so forwards should be the group to watch this season.
Junior forward Kiara Zanon will be one of the Nittany Lions’ leaders on the ice this season. Zanon will be looking to continue her high level of play after a year in which she finished second on the team in points, scoring 13 goals and adding 26 assists.
Zanon filled out the stat sheet during his two years playing at Penn State. In her 54 career games, she registered a total of 23 goals and 46 assists while showing her impact in victory at Happy Valley. She also produced a +23 plus-minus for the blue-and-whites last season, tied for the highest on the team.
Zanon’s reliable effort is set to continue this season as one of the team’s leaders on the ice.
Olivia Wallin should also be a key player this season after two strong first years with Penn State.
After leading all freshmen nationwide with 13 goals in 2020-21, Wallin continued his offensive production in Year 2. Wallin had seven goals and seven assists last season in 25 games.
The Oakville, Ont., native can step in as a go-to offensive option for the Nittany Lions in what will likely be an expanded role for her this season.
Julie Gough is another forward the team will need to bolster as they enter their fourth season in blue and white. After breaking out as a sophomore with 11 goals and eight assists, Gough moved things forward as a junior.
The Nittany Lion had 10 goals and six assists in the 2021-22 season, including a seven-game streak that tied a school record.
She leads a senior class with recent transfers Courtney Correia and Eleri MacKay both bringing additional experience to the attacking group. Leading a talented team, senior management will be important to the success of this season.
Correia comes to Happy Valley after playing at Boston University, while MacKay spent his previous four seasons with Colgate.
Correia had 65 points in 116 career games as a forward at Boston University, including a senior year in which she scored 14 goals and 25 points.
MacKay will also play forward at Happy Valley, following a career in which she scored 29 goals and 29 assists during her time with the Raiders.
Both players can immediately contribute to the Nittany Lions this season after competing elsewhere.
In a 2021-22 season that saw the offense score nearly three goals per game, the offense was good enough to win Penn State’s important games. Now, an offseason later, many of the returning forwards will be looking to translate their improved skills into victories on the ice.
While Zanon, Gough and Wallin should all be a step up from last season, the additions of senior transfers along with a talented freshman class will surely give Hockey Valley fans another reason to be optimistic for this season. .
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