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PIHL Players Of The Month

by Joe Sager / Pittsburgh Penguins

Meadville recorded a Highmark PIHL Player of the Month hat trick.

Senior forward Nick Fedorka became the third Bulldog to earn the award as he joined Mt. Lebanon’s Brooks Behling, West Allegheny’s Ryan Kumpfmiller and Thomas Jefferson’s Dan Nath as players of the month for February.

Fedorka scored 13 goals and added 23 points in six games during the month. He joins teammates Morgan Nickerson and Bryan Danczak to earn the honors.

“After paying your dues for four years, it’s nice to get recognized for your hard work. To get this honor meant a lot to me and my team, especially in the last three months a Meadville player won the award,” Fedorka said. “Morgan and Bryan, especially, worked the hardest on the team, so to see them get the awards was very special. I was ecstatic for them. They felt the same way for me when I got the award. It’s just a great honor.”

Behling, a junior forward for the Blue Devils, scored six goals and added 11 points in four games. His brother, Rob, is also a former winner of the award.

“My brother had this last year and it’s pretty exciting to get it myself. It’s a sibling rivalry. It’s a really great honor.”

Kumpfmiller, a senior forward, scored nine goals and 20 points in four games for the Indians.

“This is a great honor. I love the fact the Penguins help support it. It’s great to be up on the JumboTron. It feels nice,” he said. “Our whole team was solid all year. We had a great year this year.”

Nath, a senior center for the Jaguars, led his team with 72 points (35+37) during the regular season.

“It’s a real nice thing what they are doing here with honoring the players of the month for high school hockey,” he said. “The team really helped out this year. The team really pulled through.”

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