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Erie hockey wins second straight regional title

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
 

The Erie Community College (20-4) ice hockey team won two games over Hudson Community College this past weekend to earn its second straight Region III Championship. The Kats won 5-3 Saturday and 5-0 Sunday and finished the season with a 10-2 regional mark.

Erie took a 3-1 lead into the third period of Saturday’s game, but Hudson Valley responded with a pair of goals in the first three minutes to tie the contest. Freshman defenseman Michael Pratt’s goal put the Kats back on top with 9:45 remaining in the game and then Erie got an empty net goal from Phil DiFrancisco with 22 seconds remaining to secure the win.

Freshman Steven Milley, sophomore Tom Smith and freshman Andrew Yelich also  scored in the game.

Milley scored a pair of goals to lead Erie in Sunday’s win. DiFrancisco, Ryan Vertino and Tom Leone also netted goals for the Kats. Sophomore netminder Bryan Kalczynski picked up the shutout in net for the Kats.

Erie has received the No. 2 seed in the four-team NJCAA tournament that will be hosted March 6-7 at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. Erie will meet third-seeded Monroe in the second semifinal game at 6:30 p.m., March 6. The first semifinal game will match top-seeded Dakota College and No. 4 Hudson Valley.

 
 
 
 
 

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