Record: 0-9-1, 0-0-0 CHA
Top players: So. G Nicole Hensley (0-9-1 record, 4.46 goals-against average, .903 save percentage), Jr. F Kendra Broad (2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points), So. D Brooke Peden (1-2-3), Sr. F Jocelyn Slattery (2-0-2), Jr. F Alyssa West (2-0-2)
What to watch: The Lions’ third season in NCAA Division I has been as difficult as the first two. They are a combined 15-56-3 at this level as they head into CHA play. But at least they have a strong building block in Hensley, who set the NCAA record with 90 saves in a 2-1 triple-OT loss to Robert Morris in the CHA playoffs last March. She broke former Mercyhurst star Desi Clark‘s mark of 78.
Record: 5-3-1, 0-0-0 CHA
Top players: Sr. F Christine Bestland (5-9-14), Jr. G Amanda Makela (5-3-1, 1.66, .935, 3 shutouts), Jr. F Shelby Bram (2-6-8), Sr. F Christie Cicero (3-4-7), Jr. D Molly Byrne (0-4-4)
What to watch: The Lakers are young, with 15 freshmen and sophomores. But it’s hard to count out this team at playoff time, given their track record (NCAA-record nine straight trips to the national playoffs) and leaders like Bestland, Cicero and Byrne.
Record: 2-7-1, 0-2-0 CHA
Top players: So. F Shannon Yoxheimer (3-5-8), Sr. F Taylor Gross (3-4-7), So. F Hannah Hoenshell (1-4-5), Fr. F Sarah Nielsen (1-4-5), Fr. F Laura Bowman (4-0-4)
What to watch: The Nittany Lions are off to a sluggish start in their second CHA season. They need to keep the puck out of their net to turn it around. PSU has allowed four goals or more five times in their seven losses.
Record: 8-2-0, 2-0-0 CHA
Top players: Fr. F Brittany Howard (4-13-17), Fr. G Jessica Dodds (6-0-0, 1.49, .932, 3 shutouts), Sr. F Kristen Richards(3-7-10), Sr. F Thea Imbrogno (5-4-9), Jr. F Rebecca Vint (5-3-8)
What to watch: The Colonials have a strong blend of experience and youth, starting up front with Howard, Richards and Imbrogno and in net with Dodds and junior Courtney Vinet (2-2-0, 2.25, .905). They are contenders to win a conference title for the second time in three seasons.
Rochester Institute of Technology
Record: 4-5-0, 0-0-0 CHA
Top players: Sr. F Kourtney Kunichika (5-2-7), Jr. G Ali Binnington (4-3-0, 2.63, .914, 2 SO), Jr. F Kolbee McCrea(3-3-6), So. F Jess Paton (3-3-6), Jr. D Morgan Scoyne (0-5-5)
What to watch: The Tigers head into their second season in CHA with a chance to make a name for themselves. They have wins over two Hockey East Association teams – New Hampshire and Vermont – and a one-goal loss to a strong Northeastern club. They also have a strong roster, led by Binnington in goal.
Record: 4-4-0, 0-0-0 CHA
Top players: So. D Nicole Renault (1-8-9), Sr. G Kallie Billadeau (2-4-0, 2.03, .943), So. F Melissa Piacentini(1-5-6), Sr. F Margot Scharfe (4-1-5), Sr. D Caitlin Roach (2-3-5)
What to watch: The Orange join Mercyhurst and RMU in the national poll. With a goaltending tandem like Billadeau and Jenesica Drinkwater (2-0-0, 1.50, .940), they should be in the running in the CHA this season.