Longmont's Cam Piggott led the HPHL with 35 goals and 61 points in 13 games. Photo by Steven Robinson, SportsEngine
Battling cross-checks, trips and all sorts of physical play, Cam Piggott kept his cool.
The Longmont senior captain had a growing target on his back, emerging as one of the most lethal scorers in the High Plains Hockey League (HPHL) as his Trojans became the team to beat in the Campbell Division.
“I was forced to keep my cool,” he said. “I saw how much penalties and taking out frustration on the refs hurt us, and as a captain, I couldn’t let that affect my team.”
While his team drew testy competition that resulted in the second-most opposing penalty minutes in the regular season, Piggott avoided any antics and instead played hero a number of times.
Take, for example, the second game of the season against Fossil Ridge — which saw nearly 60 minutes in penalties — Piggott scored a pair of goals in the final two minutes of regulation to force overtime, where he singlehandedly completed the comeback by scoring in the second extra minute.
It was just one example of Piggott’s ability to take over a game and a piece of one of the most prodigious HPHL performances in recent memory. Piggott led the league with 35 goals and 61 points in 13 games as the Trojans went unbeaten through the regular season and into the Campbell Division title game.
But beyond the numbers, Piggott was who defined Longmont’s success, according to coach Jason Bain.
“Every game. There's not a second he would be on the ice where he wasn't the driving force of the team,” Bain said of Piggott. “His attitude set the tone and tempo for the team every day. He goes a long way as a locker-room presence — not just on the ice.”
“His demeanor was unquestionably impeccable. Most kids turn around and hit the kid with the stick. He (Piggott) gets up and skates away with the puck.”
— Jason Bain
Longmont head coach
As Piggott went on a scoring tear, tallying 42 points in the final seven games of the regular season, his character was put to the test with more teams selling out to stop him.
Piggott never retaliated despite being double teamed and being slashed or hacked, Bain said. “His demeanor was unquestionably impeccable. Most kids turn around and hit the kid with the stick. He (Piggott) gets up and skates away with the puck.”
Lighting the lamp was Piggott’s sweetest form of revenge for the extra attention from his opposition.
He tallied multi-goal efforts every game in the regular season and committed just one penalty. Meanwhile, linemate Samuel Ingram led the league with 25 regular-season assists and added 16 goals as the Trojans’ second-leading scorer.
However, Longmont’s 14-game winning streak came to a halt in the division championship against Front Range.
Rangers coach Josh Cronk commended Piggott for the season he had and made smothering him the team’s top priority. Piggott, fending off two or three defenders whenever he touched the puck, was held scoreless in a 6-4 loss in the title game.
It was a model many teams tried to execute in the postseason, but Piggott managed to direct scoring elsewhere, delivering three assists in the championship. He posted a tournament-high seven assists and 10 points.
Despite falling short of a championship, Piggott left his final season of high school hockey with a newfound confidence he credited his teammates for unlocking.
“The support from my linemates helped me gain the confidence to score,” Piggott said. “I’d never played with these guys before, but I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Members get access to exclusive content, including the stories below.