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UPMC AND PENGUINS HONOR FOUR HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY PLAYERS

Wednesday, 03.08.2006 / 12:00 AM / Pittsburgh Penguins
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UPMC AND PENGUINS HONOR FOUR HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY PLAYERS

Bethel Park’s Tim O’Brien won a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Penguins Cup championship last season as well as a state championship.

However, he’d like to add two titles to his collection.

O’Brien and his Black Hawks teammates aren’t selfish – they’re just hungry for more.

Bethel Park’s Tim O’Brien

“We’re just taking it game by game and we’ll see what we can do this year,” he said.

O’Brien helped get Bethel Park back into the playoffs this year. He is one of four UPMC High School Hockey Players of the Month for January along with West Allegheny’s Ryne Savisky, Meadville’s Bryan Danczak and Kiski Area’s Jeremy Zvonkovich.

O’Brien, a senior, represents the South Division. In seven games, he scored 12 goals had eight assists for a total of 20 points.

“It’s real good to get this honor. My teammates got me the points,” he said. “We worked hard as a team and that’s why I am getting the honor.”

Bethel Park opens PIHL Penguins Cup playoff action against Penn-Trafford.

“We’ll see what we can do,” he said. “We’ll work hard and hopefully we can move on.”

Meadville’s Bryan Danczak
Meadville sophomore goalie Danczak is the East Division winner.  With a 3-1 record in four games, his save percentage for the month was .930. He allowed only 1.5 goals per game.

“It’s always nice to get out in front of people and be honored with something like this,” he said.

Danczak hopes to backstop the Bulldogs to a PIHL championship. 

“Playoffs are definitely fun, especially out in Meadville because we get that big crowd and it gets a little out of control,” he said. “We’ve won 14 in a row so far. Knock on wood, hopefully we can keep that going all the way through the playoffs.”

In the West Division, West Allegheny captain Ryne Savisky led his team with 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points in the month.

“To receive this award is an honor. There are a lot of great players in this league,” he said. “To

West Allegheny’s Ryne Savisky
be recognized as the player of the month is just awesome.”

The Indians open the Class AA playoffs against Peters Township.

“We’re looking to hopefully take them out and move on,” he said. “We’re fired up. We feel that if we can just play as a team and do everything we know how to do, we can make it as far as we can go.”

Jeremy Zvonkovich, a senior for the Kiski Area in the North division, put up eight goals in six games. He led the open division in scoring for the month of January with 21 points, and is also the scoring leader for the season.

He was unable to attend Tuesday’s award presentation as his Cavaliers had a playoff game.

 

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