Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

POST-GAZETTE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

POST-GAZETTE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK [Derived Headline]

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DANIEL MERZ, Norwin

* Last week: Merz finished with a season-high six points (two goals, four assists) in a 7-2 win against Shaler last Monday.

* Check this out: Merz, a senior forward, is the second leading scorer in PIHL Class AAA with 46 points. He's one point behind Peters Township's Trevor Recktenwald. In 14 games, Merz has 30 goals and 16 assists. He has had at least one goal and two points in every game, and four hat tricks. Merz has led Norwin to an 8-6 record and first place in Class AAA Section 3. As a junior, Merz had 44 points (22 goals, 22 assists).

* Who is your favorite NHL player?

(Laughs) Alex Ovechkin.

* Wow. Are the Capitals your favorite team, too?

No, but they're a close second behind the Penguins.

* Is playing professional hockey a goal of yours?

I don't know about playing professionally, but I definitely would love to play college hockey. …

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