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Ice Hockey Falls in Title Game

Monday, March 08, 2010
Kats downed 2-1 by Dakota College at Bottineau

Dakota College at Bottineau defeated Erie Community College (21-5) for the NJCAA Ice Hockey National Championship, 2-1, on Sunday, March 7 at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY.


Erie was the first to strike as Todd Lyness snuck one past the Jacks’ goalie off of a beautiful feed by Ryan Vertino 25 seconds into the contest. After the quick Kats burst, Bottineau was able to settle in and fired shot after shot at Erie goalie, Bryan Kalczynski. The Jacks finally connected on a Danny Urban shot with 2:50 remaining in the first period. Bottineau held a 16-4 shot advantage in the opening period.


In the second period, Erie began to even the shot total, but a Kats’ crosschecking penalty gave Bottineau a power play opportunity and they took advantage quickly as Darcy Charrois broke the tie and gave the Jacks a 2-1 lead with 3:08 left in the second period. That score would hold up as Erie failed on a breakaway with under a minute remaining. The play did result in a hooking penalty on Bottineau. The Jacks killed off the penalty over the final 22 seconds of the game to win the 2010 NJCAA Ice Hockey National Championship. It is Bottineau’s fourth title in as many years.


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