Player leaves penalty box to at­tack ref­eree

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - BING­HAM­TON, N.Y. —

An Erie Com­mu­nity Col­lege hockey player left the penalty box and at­tacked a ref­eree Sun­day, end­ing the school’s 7-4 loss to Dakota Col­lege of Bot­tineau in the fi­nal Na­tional Ju­nior Col­lege Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pi­onship game.

Fresh­man de­fence­man Bran­don Day went af­ter the ref­eree with 39 sec­onds left and the of­fi­cials de­cided to end the game at that point.

Bot­tineau won its 10th ti­tle, beat­ing Erie in the cham­pi­onship for the sec­ond straight year. Erie won in 2015.

Har­ri­son Aide gave Bot­tineau a 5-4 lead with a power-play goal at 39 sec­onds of the third pe­riod. Charles Joly and An­drew Car­riere fin­ished the scor­ing.

The game marked the end of the NJCAA hockey cham­pi­onship, with the com­pe­ti­tion be­ing dropped be­cause of a lack of teams.

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