Although Nicole Paniccia and Shannon Yoxheimer's performances in October were not named the best in the conference, they did not go unnoticed.
Paniccia and Yoxheimer were both nominated to Conference Hockey America's list of monthly award winners for the first month of the season. Paniccia was nominated for Goaltender of the Month, while Yoxheimer was nominated for both the Rookie of the Month and Player of the Month honors.
Paniccia has been solid in the majority of her six starts so far. While her record does not seem noteworthy at 2-3-1, she has saved 228 of the 244 shots that have come her way. Her save percentage of .934 is tied for second-best in the CHA, and only Nicole Hensley of Lindenwood has more saves than Paniccia in the conference, with 235; Paniccia has more than twice as many saves as the next-closest goalie.
Yoxheimer has been just as impressive. She is the owner of the program's first ever goal and first goal inside Greenberg Ice Pavilion, too. Her six goals and 49 shots each lead the Nittany Lions by far, and she is tied for the team lead in points (8) with team captain Taylor Gross. Yoxheimer is also tied in the conference for third place in goals.
Kallie Billadeau won the CHA Goaltender of the Month honors for October. She has started in four games for Syracuse and racked up three shutouts, one of which was earned against Penn State. Billadeau gave up three goals in her only loss of the season so far, giving her the conference lead in save percentage (.964) and goals-against average (0.76).
CHA powerhouse Mercyhurst claimed the two other awards for October. Christine Bestland was named Player of the Month. She has accumulated 18 assists and 24 total points through ten games, which both lead the conference.
Teammate Emily Janiga won Rookie of the Month. Her nine goals lead the Lakers, and her nine assists come second to Bestland on the team.