Carroll Chargers win Fort Wayne hockey tournament
By Luke Hanna, Staff Writer
Two seniors, Cam Boyce and Michael Fortmeyer (left to right), who played in the championship game against the Leo Lions.
The Carroll Hockey Team had a successful season taking home the city hockey championship trophy in their game against the Leo Lions in a 1-0 shutout on senior Cameron Boyce’s final shot with less than a minute to go on March 2.
The Chargers caught fire early in the season with a league record of 19-3. This early lead in the Fort Wayne city division led them to bigger and better things.
The Chargers Hockey Team was led by key upperclassmen this season, including Boyce.
“Some leaders [this season were] Nick Ramsey and Adam Stoody,” Boyce said. “They just led by example and vocally held the guys accountable.”
Boyce, a team co-captain, showed his skill in the championship game. Carroll put up 24 shots on goal until Boyce finally connected on the back of the net with less than a minute to play.
Although the Chargers are the champions of the city, it was not an easy road, especially in the championship. Senior Michael Fortmeyer started throughout the year and noticed some of these challenges as well.
“Not being able to score [in the game] was a big problem,” Fortmeyer said. “I mean we both had pretty good goalies, our defense played great. So it was just tough not being able to score in the first two periods and having to take it down to almost a minute to score was almost frustrating.”
Both goalies played their hearts out in the game on March 2, but one played a little harder. Senior Camden Whitney saved all 16 of Leo’s shots on goal. On the other side of the rink, the Leo goalkeeper, Matt Janiszewski, saved 23 of Carroll’s 24 shots on the goal, but that wasn’t quite enough. That missed shot that went unsaved handed Carroll the victory and made them the Fort Wayne City Champions.
Leo and Carroll are rivals, so the victory, especially the shutout, made them happy as a team.
“Winning the championship felt great,” Fortmeyer said. “[Our] biggest rivalry is probably with Leo for sure [although] it would have been nicer to beat them by a couple, but 1 to 0 and shutting them out feels even better.”
The Chargers were not the same as they were last year, considering the younger and newer players coming up and the new coach. Some newer sophomores came into the team this year, including Spencer Sandberg, Jacob Ulrey, and Clayton Grinstead.
“Clayton Grinstead really stepped up,” Boyce said. “He produced a lot of scoring for us which was great.”
These three players got much more playing time than last year. The sophomores were also expected to step up, considering the team had won the championship the year before.
“This season, since we won the championship last year, we wanted to win back-to-back championships,” Ulrey said.
These Chargers, considering they are mostly seniors, were very happy to go out on a good note.
“It felt really good,” Boyce said. “It was awesome to do it again back-to-back.”
Now, after winning the championship for the last two years, the next year’s Charger hockey team players will feel a larger target on their backs.
“There will definitely be pressure with some of our seniors leaving,” Ulrey said. “That will be hard for us to keep going and get the three time winner.”
With seniors like Fortmeyer, Boyce, and Whitney leaving, the younger Carroll team will have to continue this year’s reputation and hopefully win a third straight city championship.