Valley News Dispatch Male Athlete of the Week
School: Kiski Area
Notable: Zvonkovich, a third-year forward, had a hat trick including two short-handed goals in a win over Connellsville on Jan. 4, and was selected to the Open division all-star team this week.
"I was able to pull away on breakaways both times, and was able to bring the puck across before the goalie could get there," he said.
Zvonkovich said he caught a good pass behind the defense on the first shorthanded goal, and took off with a blocked shot on the other.
"I'm usually in on penalty kills, so I guess it's one of my strong points," he said.
Zvonkovich has 12 goals and 10 assists through 11 games, and has a chance to surpass his totals last year of 24 goals and 19 assists.
"Last year was probably my best year statistically, and I don't know if I'm going to beat it this year, but it could happen," he said.
This season's success of Kiski Area (7-4) comes from good team chemistry, according to Zvonkovich, a captain.
"We have a bunch of younger players, but most of us played together last year," he said. "I try to help the younger guys out when they make a mistake."
Zvonkovich, who started playing hockey at age 5, has always played at forward. He said that unselfishness makes him a good player at his position.
"I'm not afraid to make a physical play, and I'm always looking for the open guy," he said. "I look for a pass before I look for a shot."