HAVERHILL — Nate Williamson celebrated his 100th career point last night the same way he celebrated every point before it: with a group hug.
It's a fitting celebration for the senior forward, who transferred to Triton from St. John's Prep three years ago to be closer to his friends. He notched a hat trick with two assists last evening, giving him 50 goals and 53 assists for his three-year career.
His 100th career point came on an assist in the second period of a 7-3 victory over Pentucket at Haverhill Valley Forum.
"The decision to come to Triton wasn't hockey-oriented," Williamson said. "But I'm so glad I did it. I got more out of it than I expected. I wanted to be back with my friends and playing with them. It's the best thing I've done."
Williamson transferred after his freshman year, similar to the River Rival Region's other 100-point scorer this season, Newburyport forward Cam Roy. Both players are two-time All-Cape Ann League selections.
Williamson's last two seasons stand up statistically against any player in the CAL. He has 39 goals and 34 assists in 42 games.
"He was raw when I got here," said Triton second-year coach Drew Wile. "He was a guy who said, 'Give me the puck and let me go.' I'm more proud of the way he's become a complete hockey player. He's really worked his tail off to become a good hockey player in his own end."
Playing alongside Tucker Johnson and Matt Velonis, Williamson has centered Triton's top scoring line each of the last two seasons. He also plays on the penalty kill unit and is a key member of the team's power play.
"He's taken his game to a whole new level," Wile said. "He could play in college if he wanted to."
By his choice, Williamson will not play hockey for St. Lawrence University next year, although he may try to play club. He maintains a GPA higher than 3.75 while taking Advanced Placement classes.
"This is so beyond hockey," Wile said. "He's a great young man. I can't say enough about him. If I wanted one of my sons to grow up to be someone I've coached, I'd want Nate Williamson to be on the list."
Wile said Triton hasn't had a 100-point scorer in "as long as (he) can remember."
The Vikings have improved their win total each of the last three seasons with Williamson leading the way. They went 4-15-1 in 2009-2010 under Kevin Dodier. They were 11-10-2 in Wile's first season last winter. They are 13-4-2 this season.
"I've loved it the whole way," Williamson said. "I don't have anything bad to say about Dodier. He was great to me. Under Coach Wile, I've had the best years of my life. I love him as a coach. He's the best coach I've ever had."
A century of points
Triton senior forward Nate Williamson notched his 100th career point last night. Here's his career breakdown.