INDIANAPOLIS — Culver Military’ Academy’s hockey team added to the Eagles’ legacy with the school’s 22nd Indiana High School Hockey Association Class 5A championship Sunday afternoon.
CMA defeated the Columbus Icemen by a convincing 6-1 score in the Pepsi Coliseum for the repeat state title and its 40th win of the season, a new record for wins by any Culver hockey team.
“It has been a very gratifying year with these players,” said coach Jeff Badalich. “They have worked so hard, and they closed it out with another state championship and 40 wins.”
The Eagles quickly put the game out of reach, scoring three goals in less than three minutes in the first period, then adding a goal in the second, and sandwiching Columbus’ lone score with two more goals.
Kyle Bartelman led the Eagles with three goals and an assist, while Phil Krueser and Brock Frazer had a goal and an assist each.
Goalie Nick Peterson finished with 11 saves as the CMA defense held the Icemen to just 12 shots. The one goal he gave up was on a power play in the third period.
The Eagles won all three games against Columbus this season, with the the state championship carrying the widest margin. CMA finished with a 40-9-1 record.
• CMA 6, COLUMBUS 1
at Pepsi Coliseum, Indianapolis
CMA — Ryan Gandy (Phil Krueser) 4:54.
CMA — Kyle Bartelman (Alec Johnston) 3:59.
CMA — Phil Krueser (unassisted) 2:18.
CMA — Bartelman (Brock Frazer) 7:23.
CMA — Frazer (Bartelman) 12:55.
Col — Set Burton (Skyler Rush) 12:09.
CMA — Bartelman (Connor Frantti) 2:24.
Shots on goal: Columbus 12, CMA 28. Saves: Braden Pheles (Col) 22, Nick Peterson (CMA) 11.