Quaker Valley athlete of the week: Cole Musser

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 5:36 PM

Cole Musser

School: Quaker Valley

Sport: Hockey

Class: Senior

Claim to fame: Cole Musser has been paired with new linemates, and the trio has had an instant chemistry.

Musser’s three assists in a win over Shaler occurred in a six-minute period, and he has nine points in his last five games. His teammates, Dan Fagan and Dylan Roebuck, each scored two goals in the victory.

How does it feel to get that win after three close losses?

That win is huge for us. Looking at the upcoming schedule, we have games against teams we’ve played against. We know each other. Getting that win and flipping tables can help us get on a good run here.

Why do you think you’re recently scoring nearly two points per game, four times more compared to the first half of the season?

I think it was mostly about finding a group of my teammates to connect with. We’ve worked a lot during practice, and we’ve switched the lines a lot since the beginning of the season. Now, I’m centering Dylan Roebuck and Dan Fagan, and we found our stride as a line.

How’d you three score three goals in six minutes?

The first one occurred when we were down. I just found the puck around the net and threw it out front, and Dylan Roebuck put it in. It turned the momentum of the game, and as a line we were just getting shots on goal. Us three, whenever we get working, we’re probably one of the top lines in the league.

Why do you three mesh so well?

I think it’s our combination of size, speed and skill. That might be unmatched. Dylan is insane, because he has incredible hands an incredible shot, and when Dan is skating with the puck it’s almost impossible to catch up to him. I just try to get the puck to those two.

Your teammates have called you “the hardest working kid ever” and “a great all-around leader.” What does that mean to you?

That’s amazing that they would say something like that about me. Every practice and game I just try to go out there to set a good example, especially for the younger guys. I’ve had amazing captains the last three years, so I just aspire to be like them. I try to make sure no one gets down on themselves, especially on a young team, so we all have to keep our confidence high.

If you could score on one NHL goalie, who would it be?

I’d choose Marc-Andre Fleury. I watched him almost every single year in a Penguins uniform during my childhood, and he’s always been an idol. He always smiles and doesn’t take things too seriously, and now I’m watching him do well in Vegas. If I could score on him, that would be pretty amazing.

Shawn Annarelli is a freelance writer.