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Penguins Honor Highmark PIHL Players of the Month for November

by Tom Mast / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins recognized the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League November Highmark Players of the Month during Tuesday’s 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Four players were featured in a Jumbotron ceremony during the second period: Jake Blair of Thomas Jefferson High School, Sam Jarrett of Seneca Valley High School, Derek Mathews of Altoona High School and Abe Edson of State College High School.

Edson is a junior and plays forward. He racked up 15 points in seven games during the month of November.

“I was kind of shocked, but I was really happy at the same time,” Edson said about when he learned he was going to be honored by the Penguins. “It’s a great time.”

“I was really excited,” said Mathews, a senior forward who netted 16 goals in six games to earn Player of the Month recognition. “It’s an honor.

“It’s great. It’s great to see a Pens-Flyers game, too. It’s a really exciting game.”

Jarrett, a senior forward, was named alternate captain and led his team to a 6-1 start this season.  In seven games, he recorded seven goals and 15 points.

Blair collected 13 points in four games and was as thrilled as the other players to receive the honor.

“I was surprised, but also really excited,” Blair said. “It was nice.”

This is the 17th season that the Penguins have teamed up with the PIHL to recognize the achievements of some of the areas finest high school student-athletes.

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