Kats downed 2-1 by Dakota College at Bottineau
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.
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.