Bangor, Lawrence-Skowhegan hockey coaches share East ‘A’ honor; Camden Hills’ senior named West ‘B’ MVP
Quinn Paradis, who guided the Bangor High School hockey team to the top seed and a berth in the Eastern Maine Class A final, has been named the Co-Coach of the Year in Eastern Maine Class A along with Lawrence-Skowhegan’s Ted Fabian.
Bangor won the sportsmanship award and had four players chosen to the All-EM first team and two more selected to the second team.
The voting was conducted by the league’s coaches.
Sophomore center Trevor DeLaite, junior left wing Jordan Tracy, senior defenseman Justin Courtney and senior goalie Rye Powell were the Rams selected to the first team with senior center Cam Dickson and junior defenseman Sam Huston earning second-team honors.
The other forwards on the first team were seniors Kyle Lemelin and Matt Poulin from Lewiston, juniors Brad Berube and Caleb Labrie from St. Dominic Academy of Auburn, Brunswick junior Matt Brooks, Lawrence-Skowhegan senior Chase Nelson and Cony-Monmouth senior Austin Davis. The other defensemen were Lewiston seniors Max Bolduc and Ethan Melvin, Brunswick senior Cam Heatley, Edward Little of Auburn sophomore Ben Steele and Mitch Lorenz of St. Dominic’s, a junior. Joining Powell as a first-team goalie was Brunswick senior Blake Alexander.
Lemelin, Poulin, Brooks, Courtney and Heatley were first-team picks a year ago while Berube, Tracy, Steele and Alexander were second-teamers.
Lemelin was the winner of the Travis Roy Award given to the state’s top Class A senior. Courtney was also one of four finalists.
The second-team forwards accompanying Dickson were Lewiston senior Evan Gosselin and sophomore Kyle Morin, St. Dominic senior Chase Hainey and sophomore Austin Roy, Brunswick senior Ryan Maciejewski, Edward Little sophomore Liam Benson, Lawrence-Skowhegan junior Cody Martin and Gray New Gloucester-Poland’s Ethan Cailler, who is a junior.
The defensemen were Huston, Lewiston senior Eddie Emerson, St. Dominic junior Matt Chasse, Cony senior Zach Gagne, Lawrence-Skowhegan senior Anthony Paul and GNG-Poland’s Kaleb Bridgham, who is a senior. The goalies were Lawrence-Skowhegan senior Sam Edmondson and Mount Ararat of Topsham’s Kyle Welsh, the lone freshman on the all-star teams.
The 31-year-old Paradis said he was “surprised” by his co-coach of the year award and considered it a team award.
“We had a good season. The kids reacted well to everything,” said Paradis. “The kids and the assistant coaches played just as big a part as I did.”
He was assisted by Mike and Jack Hersom, Josh Lander and Jon Kotredes.
Bangor went 16-4.
Fabian guided first-year co-op team Lawrence-Skowhegan to a 12-6 regular-season record and the No. 4 seed in the playoffs.
Paradis said the sportsmanship award “shows the program has come a long way on and off the ice.”
Courtney, a co-captain along with Dickson, anchored the Ram defense corps and had 10 goals and 19 assists.
“He was big and tough to beat on defense and had a great shot. He was real good with the puck and was able to create plays,” said Paradis.
DeLaite led the Rams in goals (20) and points (31) and was considered a “very skilled player” by Paradis.
DeLaite played in all situations and Paradis said he was very effective down low where he would get to the net front and create scoring chances off tip-ins. He scored several goals that way, especially on the power play.
Tracy had 11 goals and 14 assists and was a “very good skater who would take a hit to score a goal,” according to Paradis. “He was excellent on the special teams thanks to his quickness and had a very good shot.”
Powell had a .920 save percentage and “really improved” said Paradis.
“He was a very good stand-up goalie who wasn’t flashy but deflected pucks into the corner or out of play. He had a great year. He was very focused,” said Paradis.
Dickson had five goals and seven assists and was a hardworking playmaker who was “strong on the puck and very good on the defensive side” said Paradis.
Huston, according to Paradis, “really emerged at the end of the year” and was a “very good skater and passer. He was strong on the power play.”
Windjammers’ Orne chosen MVP
Camden Hills senior left wing Jack Orne was chosen the recipient of the Western Maine Class B Evans Spear Award given to the league’s Most Valuable Player and he also named the Forward of the Year. He was a first team all-star.
His linemate, senior center Grayson Szumilas, was a second-team selection and Windjammers senior defenseman Parker Lawson was a third-team choice.
The voting was handled by the league’s coaches.
Orne had 30 goals and 25 assists in 18 regular-season games and had two goals and six assists in two playoff games. He was a first-team pick a year ago.
“He’s a big, strong forward and he’s explosive,” said Camden Hills coach Karl Enroth. “He has a quick release on his shot and it’s accurate. He’s also an excellent playmaker and he’s great on the backcheck. I’ve also used him on defense. He can do that well, too.”
Szumilas notched 26 goals and 27 assists in 17 regular season games and added a goal and four assists in two playoff games. Szumilas was a second teamer a year ago.
“He’s an excellent playmaker who can make a play out of nothing. He’ll go into tight spaces and come out with the puck and he’ll find the open guy,” said Enroth. “He was great on special teams. He had three shorthanded goals and quarterbacked our power play at the blue line.”
Lawson had three goals and eight assists and he was a “shutdown defenseman,” according to Enroth.
“He really came on as the season progressed. He was physical, had a good shot from the point and he could move the puck for us. He was real strong and won a lot of one-on-one battles,” said Enroth.
Yarmouth’s Max Watson was the Defenseman of the Year, Justin Broy of Gorham was the Goaltender of the Year and Gorham’s Jon Portwine was the Coach of the Year.