Culver Military Academy walked away from the state hockey tournament with championships in the Class 5-A and Class 3-A divisions Saturday.
March 11, 2013
CMA goalie Jack Slifer stops  Jason Rink's penalty shot in the first period. Culver photo/Jan Garrison

CMA goalie Jack Slifer stops Jason Rink’s first period penalty shot. Culver photos/Jan Garrison

CMA Varsity A won the Class 5-A title with a 5-2 victory over South Bend St. Joseph and Varsity B took the Class 3-A crown with a 4-1 win over Fort Wayne Carroll.

With the state tournament being played at Notre Dame’s Compton Family Ice Arena, the Class 5-A game carried a true playoff atmosphere as the Indians brought close to 500 fans and the Eagles brought 49 students on a fan bus to lead the parents, area alumni, and faculty and staff in cheering.

St. Joe led after the first period, 1-0, as goalie Jack Slifer ’14 kept the game close even though the Indians outshot CMA 11-2 in the period. Slifer also stopped a penalty shot by Jason Rink.

The Eagles grabbed the lead in the second period, 3-1, behind goals by Jim Callan ’13, Phil Kreuser ’13, and Matt Moody ’14. CMA then added goals by Pete Faulkner ’14 and Callan, while Slifer gave up a second goal late in the period for the 5-2 final score.

This was the third straight Class 5-A title for Varsity A.

Varsity B

Varsity B

Varsity B picked up its first title at Class 3-A with a 4-1 win over Carroll. Ben Bustria ’15 scored two goals, and Andrew Bryan ’15 and Peyton Frantti ’16 add one each. Bryan started the scoring in the first period. Carroll tied the score in the second period, but the Eagles blew the game open with three scores in the third period. Frantti started the scoring and Bustria scored the final two goals.

Cooper Klaus ’15 was in goal for the Eagles, stopping 23 of 24 shots.

It was the first time CMA teams have picked up two state tournament titles.

South Bend Tribune game coverage.

WNDU highlights of game.

Class 5-A

CMA Varsity A 5, St. Joseph 2

First Period: St. Joe – Dillon Bond (Jake Miller, Mario Manta) 10:34.

Second Period: CMA – Jimmy Callan (Matt Moody, Nick Curtin) pp, 1:24; CMA – Phil Kreuser (Corey Taylor) pp, 4:12; CMA – Moody (Curtin, Charley Salk) 14:23.

Third Period: CMA – Pete Faulkner (Matt Neufeldt) 5:43; St. Joe – Will Beach (Jason Rink) 13:45; CMA – Callan (Caleb Jadrich) en, 0:29.

Shots on goal: CMA 23, St. Joe 17. Saves: CMA 15 (Jack Slifer), St. Joe 18 (Jick Wawrykow). Power play: CMA 2-3, St. Joe 0-5. Penalty minutes CMA 5-10, St. Joe 3-6. Records: CMA 32-8-2, St. Joe 33-10-1.

Class 3-A

CMA Varsity B 4, F.W. Carroll 1

First Period: CMA – Andrew Bryan (Dante Badalich) 3:14.

Second Period: Carroll – Logan Gottschalk, sh, 13:10.

Third Period:  CMA – Peyton Frantti (Alec Posner) 2:27; CMA – Ben Bustria (Posner, Frantti) 4:37; CMA – Bustria (Frantti) 10:14.

Shots on goal: CMA 17, Carroll 24. Saves: CMA 23 (Cooper Klaus), Carroll (Natt Janiszewski) 13. Penalty minutes: CMA 5-10, Carroll 6-23.

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