Austin Davis logged plenty of minutes while skating in the top line for the Cony hockey team this season.
Add in the time spent on the power play and penalty kill units, and the senior captain saw penty of ice time this winter.
“Yeah, I was out there a lot,” he said. “I tried to make the most of it.”
Davis did just that, scoring a team-high 26 points (16 goals, 10 assists) to help the Rams reach the Eastern A quarterfinals for a third straight season.
For his accomplishments this season, Davis is the Kennebec Journal Boys Hockey Player of the Year.
Gardiner senior Alex Nadeau was also considered.
“I thought it was a prety good season,” Davis said. “We made the playoffs, which was one of our goals, but you’d always like to take the next step, to get to the next game. But we grew as a team. From a growth standpoint, we did quite well.”
Davis saved his best season for his last.
A center, Davis shined at both ends of the ice, establishing himself as one of the more consistent forwards in Eastern A.
“Playing center, you are really like a third defenseman out there,” Cony coach Chad Foye said. “He really stepped up that part of his game. We knew he’d be a pretty good scorer, and he was.”
It wasn’t easy.
Often the focal point of an opposing team’s game plan, Davis still managed to put up numbers in big spots as the Rams chased a playoff berth throughout the season.
And the production was sorely needed after the graduation of standout forward Dallas Clark.
“I tried to score and set up others as much as I could,” Davis said. “I kind of new I’d have to take charge and start putting the puck in the net. My junior year, I had a lot of assists, just setting up Dallas. But this year I knew I’d have to step up and bury the puck more.”
More responsibility meant more practice for Davis, who worked hard on his game during the offseason.
“Pretty much I just worked on shooting and stick handling,” he added. “I worked on picking corners.”
It paid off, although there were moments of frustration for the physical forward.
The Rams started the season 5-4-0, but lost a few games they felt they should’ve won.
Davis acknowledged the team “needed to figure something out.”
“It was frustrating at times,” Davis said. “We were losing games we shouldn’t have and we needed to come together more, which we did. During the season, I felt I had pretty good consistency. I do put a lot of pressure on myself so I do tend to get frustrated pretty easily. I just try to stay as calm as possible.”
Davis is undecided about future plans, saying he may attend college or possibly play junior hockey.