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Area teams fall short in state hockey finals

Two area high school hockey teams came up short in the state finals in Notre Dame's Compton Ice Arena on Saturday.

Carroll fell 4-1 to Culver B in the Class 3A state title game as Culver scored the final three goals.

Homestead fell 5-2 to Brebeuf Jesuit in the Class 4A championship game.

In the 3A final, the Chargers fell behind 1-0 after the first period.

Carroll's Logan Gottschalk tied the game with 1:50 left in the second period with a short-handed goal.

But Carroll couldn't keep Culver (9-11-1) at bay in the final period as it retook the lead on a goal by Payton Frantti at 12:30 of the third. Ben Bustria added goals a 10:23 and 4:46 to seal the win.

Matt Janiszewski stopped 13 of 17 shots for Carroll, which went 2-1-1 in the state finals and 20-17-5 for the season.

Cooper Klaus stopped 23 of 24 shots for Culver.

In the 4A final, Brebeuf (25-11-3) took a 2-0 lead on a first-period goal by Brett Feher and second-period goal from Bob Demaree.

Max Dvorak cut Homestead's deficit to 2-1 at 10:05 of the second period, but Brebeuf responded with goals from Fehr, Rex Barrett and Ryan Dvornikk to close the second.

Landon Rody scored for the Spartans at 7:50 of the third period.

Russel Smascz stopped 30 of 35 shots for Homestead, which went 2-1-1 in the state playoffs.

The Spartans won a regular-season title and the Fort Wayne city championship tournament this season.

Colin Walker stopped 33 of 35 shots for Brebeuf in the victory.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.

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