Five BPHS hockey players chosen for PIHL All-Star team

Russell Finelsen, Staff Writer, Assistant Editor, Sports Editor

With only three games left in the season, the BPHS Boys Varsity Hockey team are destined to do well in the playoffs. As of today (before the State College game), they are 12-5-2. They have 26 points overall, and have outscored all opponents by a score of 63-40. In addition, they are third in the AAA Varsity division and have the least penalty minutes in the division.

Recently, some players got rewarded for their efforts.

Tyler Kruszewski, Antonio Esposito, Louie McLinden, Tre Lowe, and Jacob Mueser all got selected to the roster of the PIHL All-Star game. The team’s roster got released earlier in the week, and it includes all the best players split into two teams: Black and Gold. Their selections were based on their statistics. Let us take an up-close look at all five players.

Tyler Kruszewski: Junior Forward. Kruszewski is a key part of the team. He has played 16 games this season. In those games, he has scored nine goals and six assists. These total to 15 points. In addition, he has four power plays, and has only spent ten minutes on the penalty bench. Furthermore, he adds almost one point per game this season. He is a vital part to this team’s success. He was selected for the Black Team, and should bring a major boost.

Antonio Esposito: Junior Forward. Esposito was also selected for the Black Team, and will star along his teammate Kruszewski. Esposito has played 19 games this season, and has averaged over 1 point per game this season. He has scored 12 points and 8 assists this season, which totals 20 points this season. He also has added two power play goals. And, even though he does not have a game-winner this season, he has helped the Black Hawks get to where they are today.

Tre Lowe: Junior Goalie. Lowe has played every game at his position this season for BP. This has accounted for 983 minutes this season. He has allowed 40 goals this season, and has allowed 2.08 goals against average. In addition, he has saved 381 shots on goal, which accounts for a 90.5% save percentage. He has stopped many teams from getting a win against this team. He was chosen for  Team Gold.

Louie McLinden: Senior Forward. He is easily the best player on BP’s roster as of this season. He has 26 points this season, which includes 13 goals and 13 assists. In addition, he has six power play goals, and four game winning goals. And, even though he leads the team with 28 penalty minutes, he brings a big offensive force in black and orange. He should be a big force for Team Gold in the All-Star team.

Jacob Mueser: Senior Defenseman. Mueser now has bragging rights as the only BP defensive player chosen for the All-Star team and Team Gold. And, even though he can sway the score on defense, he can also help the team on the offensive end. Mueser has played in 19 games and has five points this season (three goals, two assists), which makes him the highest scoring defensive player on the roster. He has only spent two minutes on the penalty bench, and has helped the team tremendously on the defensive end.

In addition, coach James McVay was selected as an assistant coach for Team Black. He has coached 15 games this season.

To see the full roster for the All-Star team, click here. For another link, click here.