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Baldwin's Alaimo lauded as PIHL Open Division player of month

| Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Baldwin's Anthony Alaimo, a junior forward, apparently enjoyed the holiday season.

Alaimo was honored as a PIHL player of the month for December, along with Bethel Park's Derek Lesnak and Norwin's Dan Merz in Class AAA, and Quaker Valley's Clayton Bouchard in Class A.

“Anthony is a great team player; he listens and leads by example,” Joe Powell, Baldwin's head coach, said. “He's a great power forward, likes to play physical, and obviously has a scoring touch.

“He is good in front of the net, tipping or hammering in rebound goals, but he also a nice wrist shot giving him the capability to score from the perimeter.”

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Alaimo led the Highlanders to a 3-1 record in four December games. He scored at least one goal in all four games.

He had one goal and one assist in a 4-3 overtime win against Altoona, and one goal and two assists in a 7-5 loss to Greensburg Salem.

Alaimo netted two goals and two assists in a 12-2 rout of Frazier, and three goals and one assist in a 13-1 rout of Ringgold.

For the month, Alaimo ended up with 13 points (seven goals, six assists), two penalty minutes, and a plus-12 rating.

“Anthony was consistent all month,” Powell said. “He sparked our comeback win at Altoona. We were trailing 3-1 early into the third (period). With about six minutes left in the game, Anthony cut our deficit in half on a great individual effort. He beat his man out of the corner and sniped bar down. On the next shift, 20 seconds later, we tied the game at 3.

“We would win in overtime on a slap shot from the point by Brian Dee, with Anthony standing right in front of the (opposing) goalie.”

Through 17 games, Alaimo led the Highlanders offensively with 32 points, and stood third in goals with 14.

He was one of three Baldwin players selected to represent the Northeast Conference in the PIHL Open Division all-star game, along with senior defenseman Jake Naylor, senior goaltender Ryan Beerman.

“Anthony is one of the older veteran players on our young team,” Powell said. “Not only has he stepped up his play on the ice, but in the locker room Anthony was a key leader in helping our team get off to a 6-2 start.”

Baldwin opened this week with a 10-6-1 overall record.

“We've already clinched a playoff spot,” Powell said. “We're still trying to win our section again and get a home playoff game.”

Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or rfisher@tribweb.com.

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