Leo Lions are the 2023 Memorial Cup Champions
The Leo Lions were able to shut down the Roy Chin Cup Champions, the Carroll Chargers, to win the Memorial Cup as Playoff Champions in the Fort Wayne Amature Hockey Association.
The senior Carson Carteaux got his last start at the Ice House for the Carroll Chargers. Drew Baumert made his way in between the pipes for the Leo Lions. Hitting the post would set this game apart from others. Leo opened their chances with a shot that rang off the crossbar but never crossed the line. Leo would head to the box first as Dylan Davis would get called for tripping. Carroll would almost get the first goal of the game, but the call was waived off as Baumert had already gotten a freeze and a whistle. Another puck came off the crossbar as Robison for the Lions got another piece of the pipe. Colton Calhoun was able to capitalize off a breakaway with 3:01 left in the first. Davis got his first point of the night, his fourth assist of the season. Carroll would head to the box in quick succession, Burge heading off for elbowing and Klenke going off for a crosscheck. Leo was able to take advantage of the 5-on-3 as Dylan Davis got his 14th goal, unassisted and roofed it top shelf with 11 seconds left in the first.
Leo’s Riley Murphy headed off for a slash about three minutes into the second. The Chargers were able to profit, as Sam Krauhs got his third of the season off a feed from Dylan Braun to cut the lead in half. The rest of the period would only have penalties on the scoresheet. Leo’s Aaron Amick would head off for interference at 10:14. Dylan Braun for the Chargers would get a rough, making the game a 4-on-4 for 46 seconds. Braun would head back to the penalty box for a trip a little under two minutes later. Leo would finish the period off with a call of their own, a rough on Colton Calhoun.
Carroll would take another penalty that brought Adlee Scheerer to the box for holding. Aaron Amick for the Lions would get the power play goal, a top-shelf beauty with assists from the other two seniors, JJ Scott and Weston Roth. That’s all of the goals scored. Carroll and Leo would take turns going to the penalty box, all the way up until the final buzzer. Leo dodged a bullet as they took two quick penalties and were able to stop the Chargers from scoring on a 5-3 to tie up the game.
1380’s Three Stars Of The Game
- Drew Baumert (29 saves)
- Dylan Davis (1gwg, 1a)
- Aaron Amick (1 goal)
Shoutout to the Lions’ Colton Calhoun as he was tied for the third star on the 1380 broadcast. The Leo Lions are your 2023 Memorial Cup Champions.
What’s next for both of these teams? The Carroll Chargers (No 5 Seed) will be in South Bend in the 4A Tournament Bracket. Their first game is on 2/24 at 7:45 p.m. against the Central Indiana Knights. The Leo Lions (No. 2 Seed) will be down here in Fort Wayne taking on Bloomington on 2/24 at 7:20 p.m. at Rink 2.