By Nick Curcuru
---- — When Conor Douglass first stepped on the ice for the Rockport hockey team he was a nervous eighth grader in the 2008-09 season with obvious upside that had a goal of one day scoring 100 career points.
Last Wednesday against Minuteman, Douglass achieved that goal with a second period score at the Talbot Rink. Entering the contest with 97 career points, Douglass tallied a pair of first period goals to get to 99. Early in the second, the Vikings senior captain completed the hat trick scoring on an Alex Amoroso centering pass to get to 100.
“It was a great feeling, the guys were all supportive of me,” Douglass said. “That was my goal and I met it.”
Douglass has been a model of consistency for the Vikings over the last five seasons. A mainstay on the team’s top two lines the moment he hit the ice, Douglass has reached 100 points thanks to a well-rounded offensive game. The senior captain can beat opponents in just about any way. He is just as likely to make a play in traffic in front of the goal as he is to pick a corner with a wrist shot or make a play with his skating ability.
He is also just as likely to set up a teammate as he is to find the back of the net, as is evident in his 55 career goals and 50 career assists.
“He made an impact right away,” Rockport head coach Derek Papalegis said. “He’s such a dangerous scorer and he earned all of those points.”
Douglass, who is looking to help the Vikings to their fifth straight state tournament appearance, was admittedly a little scared in his first varsity game as a middle schooler, but with the help of older brother Brendan Douglass, a junior on the team that year, he made a seamless transition.
“I was definitely scared my first game but once I got a few shifts under my belt I was pretty comfortable,” Douglass said. “Plus I had my brother on the team with me my first two years and he helped me a lot.”
Douglass really broke out as a feared scorer in his sophomore season, when he scored 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) on the team’s top line and he has been a top notch scorer ever since.
In 2012 Douglass scored 28 points (18 goals, 10 assists) and the Vikings embarked on the longest tournament run in school history. He is off and running again this season with a team-high 12 goals and 17 points.
Douglass’ partner in crime on Rockport’s top line over the past three years has been fellow senior captain Mike Tupper, who his tied with Douglass for the team’s scoring lead with 17 points. The duo has wreaked havoc over the Commonwealth Athletic Conference and Division 3 North over the past three seasons, scoring a combined 155 points.
This year Alex Amoroso has joined Douglass and Tupper on the top line to the tune of a team-high 12 assists.
“I’ve progressed with the guys I’ve been playing with,” Douglass said. “Tupper and I have been playing for years and we always know where we are on the ice. Amoroso has settled in with us nicely and he’s been setting us up all year.”
At the moment Douglass is happy to have the milestone behind him so he can focus on what he calls the biggest goal, another deep Division 3 North state tournament run.
“The top goal is to win the conference and hopefully make another run in the tournament,” Douglass said. “He have work to do but I think we will be playing our best at the end of the season.”