by Brian Stanton

Fenton, MO – The Varsity division championships were high paced and enjoyable to watch. Lets see what the results were and how the teams got there.

Varsity Tier 3

In the V3 semifinals, the #5 Columbia Eagles defeated #8 Vianney Griffins 7-5 and #2 Francis Howell Central advanced with a 5-1 victory over #3 Fort Zumwalt East. That would set up a matchup between #2 FHC Spartans and the defending V3 champion #5 Columbia Eagles.

It was all Columbia in the championship game as FHC only tallied one goal late in the first period and the Eagles defeated the Spartans 11-1. Columbia’s Cam Nowak led the way with two goals and three assists. Columbia was the 2018 Varsity 3 State Champions!

Varsity Tier 2

The V2 semifinals saw #1 Holt squeak by #5 Lindbergh 5-4 in overtime and #2 Rockwood dominate #3 Parkway South 13-4. That would put the #1 Holt Indians facing off against #2 Rockwood Falcons.

The Indians got off to a great start as James Morrison, Dylan Humphreys and Logan Shine all scored for Holt and Rockwood’s Corey Meyer scored their only goal of the first period. Holt led 3-1 heading into the second period.

Rockwood coach Don Hager rallied the troops and the Falcons went on to score the next six goals to take a 7-3 lead and they would never look back as Holt scored two goals late but could not overcome their penalty troubles. The Falcons would win this one 8-5.  Rockwood’s Michael Lane led the scoring with four goals and the Falcons were the 2018 Varsity 2 State Champions!

Varsity Tier 1

The V1 semifinals saw #1 Oakville advance with two dominate games against #5 SLUH and #6 CBC also won their series 2-0 over #2 DeSmet. This set up a good one as the #1 Oakville Tigers would take on the defending V1 champion #6 CBC Cadets.

CBC started strong but Oakville goaltender Chase Christopher was up to the task and kept the Cadets off the board early. The Tigers eventually broke through with five goals in the first period and led 5-0 after one period of play.

In the second, each team traded three goals apiece and the Tigers goaltender stopped 13 of 16 shots faced to seal the deal for Oakville. The Tigers defeated the Cadets 8-3 and were the 2018 Varsity 1 State Champions!