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MIDGET MAJOR (18U) POINTSTREAK PEAK PERFORMER-Bob Tritschler, forward, Pittsburgh Viper Stars

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Tritschler, 18, has been a big reason why the Viper Stars are sitting atop of the PHL’s 18U Midget Major Division and a big reason why they have the #1 offense in the 18U division. The 5’11”, 185 lbs. forward from Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania, played his best hockey of the season so far at the last PHL event in San Jose, California. Tritschler had a total of six goals and three assists for nine points in just four games played as Pittsburgh went 3-1-0 and moved into a 1st place tie atop the 18U PHL standings.

Tritschler’s top performance of the event may have also come in his first game of the event in San Jose. Pittsburgh defeated Omaha 6-3 with Tritschler scoring a hat-trick and adding an assist for a four point game. All three his goals came on the power play in the game. Later that day, Tritschler added another three points (one goal, two assists), which all came in the 2nd period of a 5-3 win over the Wenatchee Wild. After being held scoreless for the first time all season long in a 2-1 loss against Orange County, Tritschler came back with a vengeance in the next game, an 8-2 win against the New Jersey Jr. Titans. Tritschler had two goals, including the game-winner in an 8-2 win.

For the 2011-12 season, Tritschler leads all PHL 18U players in goals with nine and is third in points with 15. Pittsburgh head coach Dave Kosick believes that Tritschler’s decision to come back and play one more season with the Viper Stars is going to pay off for the forward. “Bob is chasing his dream, which is playing hockey. He is a 4.0 student and that has allowed him to really put the focus on hockey,” said Kosick. “He is becoming a premier player in this league and it is going to help him take that next step because of the fact his is both an outstanding student and hockey player. His focus is 100% on taking that next step and securing an opportunity at a high junior level. He has tremendous value to our team and is very gifted with the puck.”

About the PHL

Now in its third season, the North American Prospects Hockey League (PHL) is made up of 42 Midget Major (17), Midget Minor (18) and Bantam Major (7) teams from 20 programs that compete at the Tier I AAA level. In 2010-11, the PHL continued to establish itself as one of the premier grounds for development and exposure. Not only did players receive year-long recognition from the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, some also received scholarships to NCAA Division I schools and many were drafted and tendered by NAHL and United States Hockey League (USHL) teams. The PHL, which is sanctioned by USA Hockey, utilizes the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program and is designed to maximize the exposure of all the Midget and Bantam participants through the NAHL's high-profile recruiting events which attract hundreds of college, junior and professional scouts. The PHL provides an organized and competitive experience with an unrivaled scouting presence guaranteed to benefit all of the participating student-athletes and programs. For more information, visit

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