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Pens Honor PIHL Players Of The Month

by Joe Sager / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins honored the PIHL Highmark Players of the Month for December on Monday night at Mellon Arena.

Meadville’s Bryan Danczak, Conemaugh Valley’s John Polovac, Serra Catholic’s Josh Werner and Steven Tracy of Mars were honored at Monday night’s Penguins game against the Washington Capitals.

Danczak, a senior goaltender, played outstanding during the four league games in December, each against teams with winning records. In four games, he registered a 1.25 goals-against average for the Bulldogs.

“It’s great. It’s always nice to be recognized when you play well, especially in front fans like these,” he said. “We finally started to come together and play as a team.”

Poloyac, a junior center, is currently one of the top goal scorers in the PIHL. In three games, he recorded seven goals and eight points for the Blue Jays.  

“It’s a nice thrill to have the honor to be here,” he said. “We had a rough season so far, but we’re not bad. This is a real honor for me and my teammates.”

Tracy, a junior defenseman, scored four goals and eight points in four games, averaging two points per game.  He played excellent two-way hockey and led a Planets defense that only allowed five goals last month.

“It’s quite an honor. It feels good to represent Mars, too,” he said. “We played well and got some points.”

Werner, a senior forward and team captain for Serra Catholic, recorded six goals and 13 points in December.  His two goals and three points paced the Eagles in a big division win against Westmont-Hilltop. 

“This is a great honor. I totally didn’t expect this to come. It was pretty cool to have my name on the JumboTron and hear everyone clap,” he said. “The team had a good month. I couldn’t have done it without them. They set me up for the goals. It’s a team game; it’s not just me.”

The Penguins honor high school hockey players of the month four times each season.

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