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The Charles Brothers Lift Valor Screaming Eagles to Division I Championship

By Tom Robinson, 03/24/24, 3:00PM MDT


Carter and Maddux Charles each scored in the championship game to defeat Brookings Rangers.

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – Carter Charles is living his dreams, and the endings keep getting better.

The second of five hockey-playing brothers, Carter wanted to find more opportunities for the siblings to play as teammates in meaningful games.

After winning state titles with his older and immediately younger brother, Carter took it to a new level Sunday in the Division I title game of the 2024 Chipotle-USA Hockey High School National Championships at the Ice Line Quad Rinks.

Carter scored the overtime tournament-winning goal on an assist from Maddux Charles, his sophomore brother, to lift the Valor Screaming Eagles (CO) to a 3-2 victory over the Brookings Rangers (SD).

“Growing up Maddux and I only really got to play roller hockey together throughout the summers,” Carter Charles said. “We both decided to come to [Valor]. We actually have five brothers, so we’ve all dreamed of playing together ever since we were playing mini hockey in the basement.

“My freshman year, I got to win a state championship with my older brother Jameson and then in my junior year, I got to win another state championship with my little brother Maddux.”

For his senior year, Carter won a national title, with his brother getting the primary assist on the game-winning goal. Maddux and Carter were the top two point-getters on the team at nationals.

Maddux had three goals and eight assists, making him one of three players to tie for second in the tournament in scoring behind Brookings’ Owen Schneider, who had seven goals and nine assists with the help of four goals and four assists just on the power play.


Carter Charles was tied for third in goals (six) and tied for sixth in points (nine).

On the winner, Maddux Charles controlled the puck to the right of the net and sent it through the crease to an open Carter Charles. Charter sent the first try off the post, but quickly stuffed in the rebound to end the tournament.

The goal completed a comeback from dropping the tournament opener, 5-2, when Greater Latrobe (PA) scored three goals in the third period, including two while on the power play.

“We didn’t feel like it was the skill that lost us the game,” Maddux Charles said. “We felt like it was our attitude. We knew if we fixed that up and got better sleep at night … we could easily pull through this.”

The Screaming Eagles allowed just six goals in the five-game winning streak that produced the national title.

Valor was somewhat fortunate to get the final into overtime. Charles Carter assisted Maddux Carter with 3:01 left in regulation to erase a 2-1 deficit. Then, goalie Cooper Robinson made three difficult saves in the last minute of regulation, including getting a piece of a rebound in the closing seconds.

“I got them with my elbow twice, probably with about five and 10 seconds left,” Robinson said.

The goalie’s role was reduced in overtime when Valor outshot Brookings 11-2.

After the Rangers had one extended trip into the offensive zone 10 minutes into the sudden-death period, the Screaming Eagles ended things on their next trip up ice.

“They were making my life really easy in overtime,” Robinson said.

Brookings had been unbeaten until the final, outscoring its five opponents26-8.

Schneider and Jacob Kahle each scored twice in a 9-0 semifinal win over the Centennial Coyotes (AZ).

Andrew Jenkins assisted a first-period goal and scored the game-winner in the second period when Valor got past North Broward (FL) 2-1 in the semifinals.

Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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