The Penguins honored the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Highmark Players of the Month for January on Tuesday night at Mellon Arena.
Seneca Valley’s Andrew Tang, Woodland Hills’ Bill Sullivan, Bethel Park’s Tom Whetsel and Elizabeth Forward’s Bryan Hickey were honored at Tuesday’s Penguins game against the Florida Panthers.
Tang, a senior forward for the Raiders, helped lead his team to an undefeated month with six goals and 12 points in five games. His outstanding performance has helped Seneca Valley clinch a playoff spot.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized among the best the PIHL has to offer,” he said. “My line and all of my teammates have been moving the puck well and creating a lot of opportunities. We’ve come together as a team and I think we have a good chance in the playoffs.”
Sullivan, a senior center for the Wolverines, has led his team in scoring for the past four seasons. Over the past seven games, he has recorded 19 goals and 36 points for Woodland Hills.
“I am real excited to get this honor. It’s nice to see the Open Division getting some recognition, too, because there are a lot of good players there,” he said. “This year, we’re getting a lot of help from everybody and that’s why we’re winning some games.”
Whetsel, a junior forward for Blackhawks, scored 13 goals and recorded 24 points in his last six games. In the past month, Bethel Park has scored 28 goals with Whetsel contributing to 24.
“It is a big award. As much credit as I was given, I have to give credit to my teammates, too, because without them, I wouldn’t be here,” he said. “I think once the playoffs come, we’ll pick it up and come through.”
Hickey, senior right wing and captain for the Warriors, recorded five goals and nine points in his last five games for Elizabeth Forward.
“It’s great to get recognized and come here and watch the game,” he said. “I can’t take all the credit; it’s always a team effort. To have my teammates chip in has been good.”