It is a noteworthy accomplishment any time a player reaches 100 points in his high school hockey career.
The Presque Isle High School Wildcats have two players who have eclipsed the mark including one who is only a junior.
And the interesting twist is that Dylan Collins and Brennen Shaw have been linemates for just one of their three seasons together: their first year.
Collins centers one line and Shaw centers another and they aren’t even on the same power play unit.
Senior Collins has 56 goals and 52 assists for 108 career points including 16 & 16 this season. Junior Shaw has 56 & 48 for 104 points including 24 & 22 this season.
“I didn’t think about it until this year,” said Collins. “Then it started to cross my mind. My teammates joked around with it.”
Collins took a casual approach to the 100-point plateau.
“I wasn’t worried about it. If it happened, it happened. No big deal. I’ve been trying to have fun with it,” said Collins. “It’s definitely an honor. It’s a pretty cool feeling. And to have both Brennen and me do it is really cool. We’ve both contributed to each other’s success.”
“It’s awesome,” said Shaw. “I’d never heard of it happening before. And if we had played on the same line together, we’d probably each have more points.”
Collins said the fact they are on different lines has led to a little “friendly competition” between the two of them.
“We both love the game,” said Collins.
Presque Isle coach Carl Flynn concurred.
“Whenever we do a drill, they’re the first two in line,” said Flynn.
They have achieved their success in different ways, according to Flynn.
“Brennen creates his own [scoring] opportunities while Dylan takes advantage of the opportunities given to him,” said Flynn.
“Dylan is more of a dump-and-chase guy. He and his linemates dump the puck into the [offensive] zone, cycle it and get to the front of the net. When Dylan has an opportunity to score, he rarely misses,” said Flynn. “Brennen stickhandles into openings to get a shot. He makes highlight-reel plays. He takes more shots than Dy-lan.”
Collins is more of a two-way player while Shaw is more dynamic offensively, according to Flynn.
Flynn also said they are two of the Wildcats’ fastest skaters.
He said Shaw used to be a “middle of the pack skater” but he has improved dramatically.
“Last season wasn’t my best year but I’ve really stepped it up this year,” said Shaw. “I’ve surprised myself. I’ve grown five inches [over the last few seasons] and I’ve gotten stronger.”
He added that his additional size and strength have helped his confidence and he has worked hard to improve his shot.
Collins pointed out that this has been his best year “points-wise” and in many other ways.
“This has been my favorite year. This has been the most fun,” said Collins. “I’ve gotten better every year but I’m glad it’s my senior year.
“I feel I’m peaking. I don’t think I’m going to get much better after this year,” Collins quipped.
“The thing I like about them is they are both incredibly hard-working players,” said Orono coach Greg Hirsch. “They come at you in different ways. Shaw has great speed and Collins has real good hands. They are both very intense competitors.”
Hirsch also said they have done a “fantastic job” leading the Wildcats.
“We played them early and we played them recently and they have improved tremendously [over the course of the season],” Hirsch added.
Presque Isle is currently 7-6-3 and is the only team in Eastern Maine Class B to own victories over front-runners John Bapst of Bangor and Gardiner.
Paul having great year for Riots
Orono High School senior center Brandon Paul has scored 11 of the Riots’ last 12 goals.
“We’ve had a lot of guys out and he’s taken a lot on his shoulders,” said Hirsch. “He was a real good player last year but he’s much faster this year and he is playing with a lot more confidence.
“He executes his moves at such a high rate of speed, it makes him really difficult to play against. And he has some of the best hands I’ve ever seen,” said Hirsch.
Hirsch added that Paul has been “shooting in stride and his release has gotten a lot quicker.”