The Pittsburgh Penguins honored Chartiers Valley’s Justin Sabilla, Penn-Trafford’s Conlan Sodrosky, North Hills’ Brett Berner and Butler’s Tanner Gilliland as Highmark High School Hockey Players of the Month for November Tuesday night during the first intermission of their game against the Chicago Blackhawks
The Penguins and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield honor high school players of the month four times each season.
Sabilla, a senior forward who also serves as the Colts’ captain, exploded for 15 goals and six assists for 21 points in five games – which included a five-goal game against West Allegheny. In addition to his offensive firepower, Sabilla also took several shifts as a defenseman.
“This is my second time so it’s always a good honor, but I couldn’t have done it without my team,” Sabilla stated. “It’s awesome that they recognize me for what I’ve done this season.“
Sodrosky, a senior forward, had five assists in one memorable game as he helped the Warriors overcome a 6-1 to defeat their rival Norwin, 7-6. He added a pair of two-goal games to finish the month with five goals and 10 assists for 15 points in six games.
Berner is a freshman phenom who was named Player of the Month in varsity competition. The young centerman averaged more than a point a game with two goals and four assists for six points in five games. Other than serving as the Indians’ assistant captain, Berner also maintains a 3.8 GPA off the ice.
“As a freshman I didn’t think it would happen, but it’s really cool,” Berner admitted. “Whenever they called me and said I got the tickets I was excited. My mom was cheering for me and saying, ‘I’m so proud!’ It’s really cool.”
Gilliland, a junior forward, is a team leader for Butler who is respected for his work ethic and energy. He collected four goals and five points in the Golden Tornado’s first five games.
“I really appreciate it. It’s pretty neat to get out there on the ice,” Gilliland expressed. “I’m proud of my coach for nominating me for this position. It’s just great to be out there.”
All three honorees in attendance Tuesday night stated that hard work and teamwork was the main factor to their own personal success.
The Penguins are proud supporters of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL), as well as local amateur hockey.