The Culver Military Varsity A hockey team won its fourth straight Class 5A state championship Saturday in Fort Wayne, beating the Columbus Icemen, 6-3. It was the 24th state title in the CMA hockey program’s history.
A replay of the game and highlights are available for a limited time on High School Cube. Fans can type Fort Wayne High School Hockey in the find an event box.
Jonathan Irving ’15 (New Westminster, British Columbia) scored two goals and assisted on another score to lead the Eagles. Matt Moody ’14 (Spring, Texas) provided the primary assist on each of Irving’s goals, plus added an empty net tally with 1:37 remaining to seal the victory.
Riley Tigrett ’15 (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Dante Badalich ’15 (Plymouth, Ind.) scored CMA’s other two goals. Carter Radovan ’14 (Park City, Utah) and Chris Neu ’15 (Mokena, Ill.) assisted on Badalich’s second period goal.
Columbus scored the only goal in the first period. CMA took a 3-2 lead after the second period, only to see Columbus tie the game early in the third. But the Eagles closed out the game with three unanswered goals to seal the win and title.
Jack Slifer ’14 (Parkville, Mo.) was the winning goalie, stopping 24 of Columbus’ 27 shots on goal. The Eagles recorded 45 shots.
CULVER MILITARY ACADEMY 6, COLUMBUS 3
at Fort Wayne, Ind.
C — Andrew Schwartz (Austin Huffer, Cameron Wiederhoeft) 0:08.
CMA — Riley Tigrett (Jonathan Irving) 14:00.
CMA — Dante Badalich (Carter Radovan, Chris Neu) 7:55.
C — Huffer 7:43.
CMA — Colin Dean 7:15.
C — Ryan Cesarski (penalty shot) 10:42.
CMA — Irving (Matt Moody) 9:54.
CMA — Irving (Moody) 3:54.
CMA — Moody (empty net) 1:37.
Saves (goalkeeper): Culver Military 24 (Jack Slifer), Columbus 39 (Braden Phelps).