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Penguins Recognize Highmark High School Hockey Players of the Month

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins have been honoring high school hockey players from the PA Interscholastic Hockey League for 16 seasons. Senior Anthony Sweet of West Allegheny High School has seen students receive the Highmark Player of the Month awards at Penguins games before, but this time it was different.

“I’ve seen players get this award in the past but I never expected to be here,” said Sweet, who received the honor after posting a shutout in each of his last three starts. “It’s a really nice award. I wasn’t expecting it.”

Sweet, who leads the league with a 1.11 goals against average through nine games this month, was joined by Jamesy Rossi of Altoona High School, Dace Ludwig of Laurel Valley High School and Jake Robash of Mars High School as the winners for the month of November.

“This is awesome,” Robash said. “It’s a great feeling to be recognized.”

Robash, a senior center, serves as Mars team captain.  Last month, he recorded 14 points, scored two game-winning goals and registered a plus+22 rating.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Rossi, who is the first Altoona representative to win the award. “I’ve always liked the Pens and this is a great honor.”

Rossi, a senior left wing, averaged over three points per game last month.  In five games, he recorded seven goals and 17 points.

Ludwig, a sophomore right wing, averaged three points per game in November.  In six games, he scored 10 goals and 18 points for the Mounties.

“It’s pretty awesome, especially being the first player from Ligonier to win,” Ludwig said.

The four players received their award during the first period of Pittsburgh’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning Dec. 23. The Penguins honor high school hockey players of the month four times each season.
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