May 24, 2018
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Bangor’s Frost, Cota gain first-team hockey honors

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

Bangor High School senior left wing Phil Frost and junior defenseman Nic Cota have been selected to the All-Eastern Maine Class A first team, and senior defenseman Adam King is a second-team choice.

Junior winger Connor Griffin was an honorable mention.

Frost had 15 goals and 8 assists in 16 games and also had a goal and an assist in a 5-0 win over Gray-New Gloucester/Poland in the playoff quarterfinals.

“He was a physical presence,” said Bangor coach Denis Collins. “He had a good snap shot with a quick release. He got a lot of ice time, and he never took penalties. He played on the power play and on the penalty kill.”

“I liked his maturity and composure,” said Brewer coach Dave Shedd, whose Witches played the Rams twice. “He had a good shot and he was strong on his skates.”

Cota made the switch from forward to defense in midseason and he teamed with King to help stabilize the young Ram defense corps.

He was also Bangor’s second-leading scorer with 6 goals and 13 assists in 18 games. He led the Rams in assists. Cota had an assist against Gray-New Gloucester/Poland.

“He had real good ice awareness and he adapted to situations very nicely,” said Collins. “He was a good offensive defenseman and gave us someone who could carry the puck out of the (defensive zone).”

Shedd called Cota a “strong skater and a very physical player. He saw the ice well and that opened things up for him.”

King had 4 & 7 in 18 games and then scored the game-winner and added an assist against Gray-New Gloucester/Poland.

“He was tenacious and always gave 110 percent,” said Collins. “He was good defensively, he was a strong skater and did a good job pinching in at the point (to keep the puck in the offensive zone).”

“He was very strong and stable and he also had a good shot,” said Shedd.

Collins also said co-captains Frost and King were very good leaders.

Griffin had 8 & 6 and had an assist in the quarterfinals.

Collins called him “one of the fastest skaters in Class A” and he and Shedd said Griffin is one of those players who annoy the opposition with his tenacity.

The other members of the first team were Lewiston forwards Sam Cloutier (28 & 19) , Ben Wigant (12 & 13 in 9 games) and Colt Steele (21 & 25), defensemen Cody Dussault (3 & 8) and Scott Ouellette (1 & 3) and goalie Cam Poussard (0.73 goals-against average, .960 save percentage); Waterville forward Kyle Bishop (16 & 15) and defensemen Matt Lee (17 & 18) and David Cook (5 & 14) ; St. Dom’s of Auburn forwards Alex Parker (20 & 19) and Dakota Keene (17 & 13) and defenseman Will Desmarais (1 & 9); G-NG/Poland forward Kolby Arnold (18 & 17); Edward Little of Auburn forward Dylan Nadeau (10 & 22) and Messalonskee goalie Nate Delgiudice (3.98, .890).

Poussard won the Travis Roy Award given to the state’s best senior player.

Joining King on the second team were St. Dom’s forwards Nate Bergeron, Spencer Martin and Cody Rodrigue along with goalie Austin Christopher; Waterville forwards Tim Locke and J.T. Whitten; Brunswick defensemen Tyler Niven and Blake Bodwell and forward Charlie Frye; Lewiston forward Matt Therrien; Edward Little forward Cody Russell and goalie Rich Belanger; Messalonskee forward Sam Dexter; Maranacook/Hall-Dale/Winthrop defenseman Connor Lacasse; G-NG/Poland defenseman Sam Meyer and Cony of Augusta defenseman Galen Casey.

Maranacook/Hall-Dale/Winthrop’s Andy Dube was chosen the Coach of the Year and Gray-New Gloucester/Poland won the Sportsmanship Award.

The team was selected by the EM Class A coaches.

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