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Former Anaheim Lady Ducks Player Catanzariti Named CHA Rookie of the Week

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
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Former Anaheim Lady Ducks player and current Penn State freshman forward Micayla Catanzariti was named College Hockey America's Rookie of the Week on Monday. Catanzariti led the Nittany Lions to a win in their inaugural opener on Saturday with two goals and an assist at Vermont.

Catanzariti, from Rancho Santa Margarita was part of Lady Ducks teams that won bronze medals at the 2009 and 2010 USA Hockey national championships. Her former teammate with the Lady Ducks, goalie Celine Whitlinger of Huntington Beach, is also a teammate at Penn State.

Catanzariti played a pivotal role in Penn State's (1-1-0) historic 5-3 win over Vermont. She scored the game-tying and the go-ahead goal on Saturday, while assisting the final goal by Birdie Shaw (Troy, Mich.). Catanzariti became the first Nittany Lion to tally a multi-goal game and had three points in the victory.

Fellow forward Shannon Yoxheimer (Jackson, Mich.) was named to the CHA's honorable mention list for the week after her two-goal performance against Vermont on Saturday, which included the eventual game-winning tally. She was named the No. 2 star in Saturday's win and the No. 3 star in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Catamounts.

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