The Pittsburgh Penguins are pleased to announce Derek Lesnak from Bethel Park, Randy Unger from Bishop Canevin, Sebastian Ragno from Westmont Hilltop and Tyler Stevenson from Chartiers Valley as the four Highmark PIHL Players of the Month for January.
The Penguins organization and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield recognize high school players of the month four times each season.
Forward and defenseman Lesnak recorded three goals and seven assists over six games for the Bethel Park Blackhawks. He is also currently captain of the team and has served a leadership role for the past three years.
“It’s a real honor (to win this award), not only for myself, but my team,” Lesnak said. “They helped me get here tonight as much as I got myself here.”
Forward Unger tallied seven goals and 15 assists in seven games for the Bishop Canevin Crusaders, including a hat trick in the Crusaders’ 12-0 win over Franklin Regional. Unger did not play for the Crusaders last year, being sidelined with a concussion.
“It’s a great way to represent high school hockey to give honors to the players that are exceeding right now,” Unger said. “It’s great to recognize everyone.”
Goaltender Sebastian Ragno recorded three wins in four games in the month of January for the Westmont Hilltop Hilltoppers, including an 11-0 shutout over South Fayette. He ended the month with only a 0.75 GAA and a save percentage of .950. He was also named to the Northeast Division A All-Star team.
“It’s awesome (the way the Penguins are representing high school hockey). Knowing a few guys have gone through high school hockey in Pennsylvania and made it to the show,” Ragno said. “It’s great to help us get out there.”
Defenseman Tyler Stevenson helped the Chartiers Valley Colts to a 5-1 record in January by tallying nine points (3G-9A). He scored the overtime game-winning goal in the Colts’ 6-5 victory over Moon.
“It’s an honor to win this award and be recognized by coaches around the league,” Stevenson said. “I think it’s a great way to represent high school hockey and I appreciate all that (the Penguins) do for high school hockey.”