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Dwenger captures 2A hockey crown

Bishop Dwenger senior forward Justin Richardson knew it was time to claim the Class 2A state hockey title.

The Saints had 27 seconds left in their man advantage in the first overtime period against Evansville.

And Richardson made sure his team took full advantage of the 4-on-3 situation as he sent in the game winner from the left wing for a 2-1 victory Saturday at Lutheran Health Sports Center.

"We've been working on our power play all season, and it progressed over the season. We finally came up with two goals today on the power play," Richardson said.

Richardson scored the Saints' first goal, also on a power play, with 12:33 to play in the second period.

Evansville (16-15-6) tied the game with 7:06 to play in the second on a goal from Aaron Rawlins just after a Thunder power play expired.

Bryson Linenburg stopped 35 of 37 shots for Evansville.

Tyler Sather stopped 15 of 16 shots for Dwenger (22-20-2).

"The state title for this program is a big thin," Saints coach Jeff Sather said. "We've been working at this for four years with this group of guys. We've got eight super seniors, that really came through today. We played two lines all day, and our kids just battled their hearts out. To win it on home ice was just a precious experience for these guys."

For more on the game, read Sunday's Journal Gazette or return to after 3 a.m.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.