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Penguins Honor PIHL Players of the Month for November

by Joey Sykes / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins would like to announce that Joe Hubert of North Allegheny, Thomas Kimmick of Thomas Jefferson, Austin Cassidy of Upper St. Clair and Austin Tonkovich of Canon-McMillan are the Highmark PIHL Players of the Month for November 2014.

Each month during the hockey season, the Penguins, alongside Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, honor four high school hockey players from the PIHL (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League) for their dedication on and off the ice.

Senior forward Thomas Kimmick of the Thomas Jefferson Jaguars posted 12 points in five games last month with 10 of those points being goals. The team captain led his club to a win in each of their five November contests and averaged an impressive 2.40 points-per-game.

“It means a lot because we’re being honored out of all the high school players in the PIHL and there’s obviously a lot of talented players, so it’s a great honor also to represent your school and your team,” Kimmick said.

The Canon-McMillan Big Macs are thankful for senior forward Austin Tonkovich and the 10 points (6G-4A) he offered up last month. Through three games, Tonkovich averaged 3.33 points-per-game and scored two power-play goals. He currently leads the PIHL’s top division (AAA) in points-per-game.

“It means a ton because it’s sponsored by the Pittsburgh Penguins,” Tonkovich said. “There’s a lot of good kids in our league, so it’s very tough to get this award. It means a lot to me.”

North Allegheny junior netminder Joe Hubert had a phenomenal month as he backstopped the Tigers to a 2-0-1 record. In addition to letting in only a single goal against both Peters Township and Bethel Park, he also logged a shutout against Mt. Lebanon. Hubert, whose brother Marty won the award last November, posted outstanding numbers between the pipes with a .065 goals-against average and a save percentage of .972.

“It means a lot,” Hubert said. “My brother got this last year so I wanted it too. It’s good to have it.”

Austin Cassidy, a senior forward for the Upper St. Clair Panthers, recorded nine goals and three assists for 12 points through five games in November, which equals out to 2.40 points-per-game. Cassidy currently leads the PIHL’s AAA division in scoring and had two power-play goals, one shorthanded goal and one game-winning goal last month.

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