The Pennant

Penn hockey looks for back-to-back state crowns



What: Indiana High School Hockey State Championship

Where: The Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Indianapolis

Address: 1202 E 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205

When: Saturday, March 12, 4 p.m.

State Playoffs Recap:

This Saturday the No. 5-seed Penn Kingsmen travel to Indianapolis to face off against the No. 3-seed Leo Lions, at the newly refurbished Indiana Farmers Coliseum, home of the Indy Fuel (ECHL). Penn’s record is 20-14-7, and Leo’s record is 26-13-2. In the playoffs Penn was the winner of the Pool A Bracket. The Kingsmen swept past No. 1 seed Zionsville, No. 4-seed Hamilton Southeastern, and No. 8-seed Bishop Dwenger. Leo was 2-1 in the Pool B Bracket and was in a three-way tie with No. 2 Westfield and No. 7 Bloomington, but won the differential.

Regular Season Point Leaders

Penn Kingsmen:

Tyler Lindzy (20) Kyle Cocquyt (19), Lucas Forbes (13), Shaun Calhoun (9), A.J. Crawford (7), Carson Cocquyt (7)

Leo Lions:

Drew Wynn (52), Rory Scott (44), Nick Decker (35), Connor Bonecutter (28), Carter Bonecutter (22), Blake Kem (22)

Playoff Points leaders

Penn Kingsmen:

Kyle Cocquyt (5), Lucas Forbes (5), Tyler Lindzy (5), Aj Crawford (4), Carson Cocquyt (3)

Leo Lions:

Connor Bonecutter (9), Rory Scott (8), Blake Kem (5)

Starting Goaltenders

Penn Kingsmen: Justin Savage 2.00 GAA

Leo Lions: Matt Janiszewski 3.67 GAA

41 Years of State Finals History:

Penn State Appearances / Champions:

  • 1989 (Champs)
  • 1990
  • 1991 (Champs)
  • 1992
  • 1997
  • 2000 (Champs)
  • 2006
  • 2011 (Champs)
  • 2014
  • 2015 (Champs)

Senior Quotes about Going to State Back-to-Back:

Captain Shaun Calhoun:

“My Penn hockey career has been that of a dream. I can only merely explain the evolution of myself as a person from the program. I came into the team scared and skinny, and plan to leave my senior year as the Captain and former State Champion (2015). I love hockey, my coaches, my former teammates, and my current brothers. State Champion is the title I will have for the rest of my life thanks to all these amazing people. We worked our butts off for six strong months for this game, so it’s only right that we win with no regrets. A prime example of this is our bleached hair for the championship. We do not plan to lose, because we are a great team. We will also not lose, because we have blonde hair, and we will refuse to live the next month with people asking us why our hair is blonde without telling them we were victorious and we are back-to-back 3-A State Champions. Our coach Max Keagle always says “Great teams find a way to win.” That being said, it’s only right that we come out on top for the boys. GAMETIME”

Assistant Captain Lucas Forbes:

“This team has been one of the most fun teams I’ve been part of. We have worked hard starting from day 1 at Rix #602 Workouts, and have continued to perform all the way to the city tournament when we lost in the championship game in a shootout. There is no doubt in my mind that we won’t have another loss this season. Everyone is buying into the state championship with going blonde. It’s not just our hair, but our eyes that are set on the gold.”

Assistant Captain Tate Seroczynski:

“Over the past four years of being on this team, I have been able to mature and grow. Making it to State, (as a) Sophomore and losing helped turn the tide for us as a whole and we proved that by winning the next year. This team has overcome a lot this season and we have made a phenomenal stretch towards the end. It doesn’t matter what color our hair is, but who we are. We’ve got the firepower and depth to win us another championship this year and if we put our heart out there on the ice, I know we can defend our title.”