A Trio of Orange Earn CHA Honors


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Three Syracuse student-athletes earned College Hockey America honors for their performances in the Orange series against Penn State. Graduate student Victoria Klimek is the CHA Forward of the Week, senior Arielle DeSmet is the CHA Goaltender of the Week and junior Mae Batherson is the CHA Defenseman of the Week.

Klimek recorded the second hat trick of her career, tallying three goals in Syracuse’s 6-3 win against Penn State on Saturday. She added an assist on the game-winning goal, on a give-and-go to Anna Leschyshyn, for a career-high four points in the contest. Klimek scored the three goals on four shots and had one blocked shot. The Orangeville, Ontario native has 58 career points, including 32 goals and 26 points.

DeSmet recorded a career-high 50 saves in the 6-3 win against Penn State. The Charlotte, Vt. native had 23 saves in the second period when the Orange offense scored three goals to take a 4-1 lead. The Nittany Lions scored their final two goals when they pulled their goalie to add an extra skater late in the third period. In the first game in the PSU series, a 1-0 overtime loss, DeSmet came in for the final 42:36 of the game due to injury to starting goalie Allison Small and recorded 18 saves. DeSmet has 943 career saves, including 294 this season. The honor is DeSmet’s second of the season.

Batherson assisted on Syracuse’s first goal in the 6-3 win. The goal tied the game at 1 in the first period just 90 seconds after Penn State scored to take a 1-0 lead. The New Minas, Nova Scotia native also had two shots on goal and one block. In the first game in the series, Batherson had two blocks and four shots on goal. In her Orange career, she has 10 goals and 28 assists.

2021-22 Syracuse CHA Honors

Oct. 4 – Abby Moloughney, Forward of the Week

Oct. 11 – Arielle DeSmet, Goaltender of the Week

Oct. 18 – Jessica DiGirolamo, Defenseman of the Week

Oct. 18 – Madison Primeau, Rookie of the Week

Oct. 25 – Jessica DiGirolamo, Defenseman of the Week

Nov. 2 – Jessica DiGirolamo, Defenseman of the Month

Nov. 8 – Jessica DiGirolamo, Defenseman of the Week

Nov. 8 – Sarah Marchand, Rookie of the Week

Nov. 22 – Mae Batherson, Defenseman of the Week

Nov. 22 – Arielle DeSmet, Goaltender of the Week

Nov. 22 – Victoria Klimek, Forward of the Week

The Orange will play at Vermont on Friday, Nov. 26th and Saturday, Nov. 27th at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Both games start at 7 pm and will be streamed on CBSSports.com.

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