After securing its second straight Region III championship, the Erie Community College ice hockey has had six of its members named to the All-Region or All-Rookie teams.
Sophomores Dan Wendt, Michael Krywcum and Bryan Kalczynski each earned First Team All-Region recognition. Wendt leads all NJCAA scorers in points on the season with 30 goals and 37 assists. Krywcum, a defenseman, has 10 goals and 24 assists. Kalczynski leads all regular NJCAA goaltenders with a 2.02 goals against average, stopping 446 of the 484 shots he has face (.921 save percentage).
Freshman forward Ryan Vertino as well as head coach Gary Rost were named to the Second Team. Vertino is second on the team in scoring with 22 goals and 22 assists.
Freshman Matt O’Brien has been one of the Kats top defenseman all season and was rewarded by being named to the All-Rookie Team. He has two goals and four assists this year.
Erie has finished as the NJCAA runner-up four times since the program began in 1976, including last season. The Kats will look for their first national title when they face Monroe Community College in the NJCAA semifinals at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 5 on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.