INDIANAPOLIS – Kyle Koop wasn’t thinking about the pain, or lack of it. Chase Byerly wasn’t thinking about all that rubber he saw flying at him, 40 pucks worth of it rattling off his stick and pads and chest and getting snapped out of thin air by his big glove.
That was OK, though. In the end, head coach Dan Schiebel did enough thinking for everyone on your newly-minted 3A state hockey champions, the Leo Lions.
“I’ve got 17 kids who left absolutely everything on the ice tonight,” he said, after Leo scored four goals on eight shots in the first period and went on to bury Crown Point 6-2 Saturday afternoon in the 3A title game. “Eight different schools …. two different states …. 17 kids …. injuries … they’ve got the greatest heart. And I’ll take a team with heart any day over a team with talent.”
Leo’s win made the Fort Wayne area 1-1 on the day, as Carmel Blue edged Bishop Dwenger 3-2 in the 2A title game.
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