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Warriors capture championship, beat Kansas City 4-2


It was apparent the moment the Warriors stepped off their bus they were focused and ready.  That focus resulted in a 4-2 victory over Kansas City as Waterloo captured their 2nd Midwest High School Hockey League championship in the past 4 years.

The Kansas City Jets, the West Division Champions, came in riding a 25 game winning streak, second only to the Warriors' 26 game winning streak to start the season.

The dream match up was scoreless late in the first period until the Jets' Logan Lopicka, the League's top scorer, pushed the Warriors into a 1-0 hole. 

"Even though we were down in the first, we all knew we could pull this out," recalled Waterloo defenseman Tim Brown, "just one period at a time, one shift at a time."

Waterloo Senior Collin Brecher picked up the Warriors' first goal of the game.  David Becker also scored a goal in the second period to tie the game at 2 heading into the third and decisive period.

At the 3 minute mark, the Warriors' Chance Kremer made a great save leading to a breakaway goal by captain Jake Lichty.  Waterloo would grab its first lead of the game 3-2.

In the end, Brown scored an insurance goal to seal the victory making Warriors' head coach Doug Dietz, who had won two titles as a player, extremely emotional

"We're bringing something back to Waterloo, and it just shows how good our hockey program is," said Dietz, "and I think this will help our young kids realize that if you work hard and do things right, you can be on a team like this and win a state championship."

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