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UPMC AND PENGUINS HONOR FOUR HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY PLAYERS

Monday, 03.20.2006 / 12:00 AM / Pittsburgh Penguins
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UPMC AND PENGUINS HONOR FOUR HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY PLAYERS

Mount Lebanon goaltender Matt Vaughan has not lost a game this season.

Mt. Lebanon's Matt Vaughan

He doesn’t plan to do so Saturday when the Blue Devils take on North Allegheny at Mellon Arena for the PIHL 84 Lumber Penguins Cup Class AAA championship.

Vaughan had a chance to experience the hockey atmosphere at Mellon Arena on Sunday as he was one of four players given the UPMC High School Player of the Month award for February along with Serra Catholic’s Mike Ellis, Plum’s John Bronder and Thomas Jefferson’s Brock Heinauer.

Serra's Mike Ellis
“It’s a good time to come to the game, especially when we’re playing here [on Saturday] to get a taste of what it will be like,” he said.

Vaughan, in the PIHL South Division, did not yield a goal in February as he and the Blue Devils shut out all five opponents.

“It was a great month,” he said. “We’ve been playing well.”

Plum's John Bronder

Ellis will play at Mellon Arena on Saturday as well. His Eagles will take part in the Class A game. He was honored in the West Division as he scored nine goals and added 14 assists in seven games in February.

“It’s a great honor. It’s nice to get this award in front of everybody at Mellon Arena,” he said. “I wouldn’t be here without my teammates and linemates, especially.”

Thomas Jefferson’s Brock Heinauer
Bronder, a sophomore goaltender, was honored in the East Division. He had a 2-2 record for the Mustangs in four games. He faced an average of 44 shots per game, but managed to finish with a .930 save percentage in February.

“It’s a great honor. I am really happy,” he said. “There are a lot of great high school players in the league this year and I am just glad to be recognized as one of them. It wasn’t a bad month. I faced a lot of shots, but didn’t give up too many goals.”

Heinauer, a junior forward, scored 12 goals and had six assists in seven games for the Jaguars. He finished the year with 43 goals, which was the most in the PIHL at any classification.

“It’s nice to come down here and be honored for high school hockey,” he said. “It’s nice for the Penguins to do this, too. It means a lot.”

 

 

 

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