Behind two goals and two assists from Nicholas Friol, the Erie Community College hockey team recorded its first NJCAA national title as the Kats downed Monroe Community College 4-2 Feb. 27 in the championship game in Rochester, N.Y.
Friol was named the tournament's most valuable player.
After Frank Briandi gave the Kats a 1-0 lead, Friol scored on a power play to give ECC a 2-0 with 2:28 remaining in the first period.
Monroe CC cut the Kats' lead to 2-1 with a goal in the third period's first 1:20 but Friol scored his second goal of the game at 6:03. Friol and Paul Brown then assisted on Todd Lyness' power-play goal at 9:26 to give the Kats a 4-1 lead.
Andrew Yelich made 31 saves.
Yelich joined Friol, Briandi and Zachary Williams on the all-tournament team.
ECC had finished as the NJCAA runners-up in 1982, 1987, 1994, 2009, and 2010, before claiming this year’s crown.
ECC head coach Gary Rost was named the NJCAA national coach of the year.