Mustangs named to all-star team
By Michael Love
Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Updated: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The top players in the PIHL will be on display Feb. 11 in all-star action at the Robert Morris Island Sports Center.
Players from Plum and Gateway will play in the Class AA game which is set for 3 p.m.
Four games will highlight the day of hockey. The Open class game is at 11 a.m., and the Class A game follows at 1 p.m.
The Class AAA contest caps everything off at 5 p.m.
Plum and Gateway players will join all-stars from Pine-Richland, Hampton, Greater Latrobe, Franklin Regional and Kiski Area on the Northeast AA team.
The Southeast team will feature players from Moon, North Hills, West Allegheny, Montour, Bishop Canevin, Chartiers Valley and Erie Cathedral Prep.
Plum seniors Andrew Walters and Jordan Gable will be making their second consecutive appearances in the AA all-star game.
Walters sits tied for eighth in goals scored in all of AA with 16 after Monday's game against Hampton, a 5-3 loss. He has scored more than three goals in a game three times, and he scored a combined nine goals in December victories over Franklin Regional and Hampton.
Gable, is listed as a defenseman on the all-star roster. He also has one goal and five assists in 12 games this season.
Junior forward Joe Randazzo is an all-star for the first time. He ranks third in all of AA in goals scored with 21.
The all-star nod is the second one for Gateway junior goaltender Tyler Perhac and senior defenseman Cam Cacolice.
Cacolice is second on the Gators squad with 16 points (seven goals, nine assists).
Gateway senior forward Taylor Siwik and senior defenseman Jake DeHass both are all-stars for the first time.
Siwik has 12 goals and five assists in 11 games for the Gators this season.
DeHass was selected as an all-star alternate last year, but he didn't get to play in the game.
Gateway head coach Gene Perhac will serve as an assistant coach for the Northeast team. Latrobe's John Winebrenner and Pine-Richland's Mike Bagnato will be the co-head coaches, while Hampton's Anthony Scolieri will join Perhac as an assistant coach.
The Northeast will be out to avenge last year's tough 8-2 loss to the Southwest. Plum senior goaltender Taylor Cestra played in that game, and she made seven saves on 11 shots faced.
Kiski Area senior forward Shawn Welsh, who scored one of the Northeast's two goals in last year's game, returns as an all-star.
Latrobe senior defenseman Robert Vasinko, who assisted on Welsh's goal, also is back as an all-star.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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