When Sam Rumelhart slammed the door to the penalty box, slammed his stick against the boards and turned a 2-minute penalty into a 10-minute game offense and an automatic suspension in a game, he had no idea how his actions would change the rest of his game. season. Currently, anger is not considering the consequences.
“I was caught at the moment. I should not have slammed the door,” said Rumelhart, a senior at Scarborough High, two months after the incident. “It was a 2-1 match (and loss to rival Thornton Academy). There were 11 minutes left. We could have tied it or even won if I played. ”
The moment of frustration over a call that did not go his way could have defined Rumelhart’s season in a negative way. It probably cost Rumelhart a shot at the Travis Roy Award, given to the best senior boys hockey player in Class A. AJ Kavanaugh, head coach of Mt. Ararat / Lisbon and treasurer in the Class A coaches’ board, said during a match misconduct penalty does not automatically disqualify a player for Travis Roy Award considerations, character and leadership are factors in determining the nominee for the award.
Rumelhart had to sit out in Scarboroughs next match, a 7-3 loss to Bangor. Looking back, Rumelhart thinks that moment is what kept his name off the list of semi-finalists for Travis Roy. He could not take it back, but he could apologize and work on making it better.
“You see a child being thrown out (of a game), you do not know what it is for anything,” Rumelhart said. “I thought I had a chance to win the prize, but I understand that.”
The incident was a wake-up call for Rumelhart, who only committed two penalties over his last eight games. When Rumelhart topped, Red Storm topped and came from the No. 7 seed to win the Class A state championship with a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Thornton Academy. Rumelhart had five goals and had assists in four playoff games, and assisted for both goals in the state championship. His 43 points (28 goals, 15 assists) led the state to score.
The attitude adjustment was what Rumelhart and his team needed, and for that, Sam Rumelhart is the Varsity Maine Hockey Player of the Year.
“It’s acknowledging he’s made a mistake and is learning to move on,” Scarborough coach Eric Wirsing said. “We had a roller coaster season as a team. Sometimes we were really good and sometimes we were terrible. Maybe there was a level of consistency (coaches) who couldn’t see and the game’s dishonesty was a factor. I felt really bad ( “Rumelhart) was omitted from the list, but he used it as motivation.”
Rumelhart scored 10 goals and six assists over his last seven games to bring the red storm into and through the playoffs. His best play came in the quarterfinals as he had three goals and an assist in a 4-2 win at No. 2 in Bangor.
“I was trying to prove something in that game,” Rumelhart said.
With Red Storm looking for consistency, Wirsing Rumelhart moved from center to wing, opening the ice for 6-foot, 170-pounds forward and allowing him to better use his speed.
“I have to say, Sam is one of the fastest kids on the ice I’ve ever seen, with or without the puck. He just has a lot of explosiveness,” Wirsing said.
With the high school season 2020-21 shortened due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rumelhart played with Vermont Lumberjack’s junior team in the Eastern Hockey League. In 29 games with the Lumberjacks, Rumelhart had nine goals and 14 assists and learned that he can play at a high level. Sticking to the junior club, however, was never something Rumelhart seriously considered for this senior season.
“I would have lost football,” Rumelhart said.
Football is Rumelhart’s favorite college sport. A quarterback at Scarborough, Rumelhart will be a preferred walk-on at the University of New Hampshire this fall, where he will try his hand at long snapper and what other positions the coaches throw at him.
“They told me they have a few positions in mind so I’ll go where they need me,” Rumelhart said.
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