This was probably not the way the NJCAA wanted to conclude it’s hockey program.
In what was the last game to ever be played in the community college hockey association (it’s being dissolved) between the Erie Community College Kats and Dakota College at Bottineau Lumberjacks, an incensed Kats’ player left the penalty box late in the game and angrily tackled an oblivious referee.
Erie Community College (NJCAA) player storms out of penalty box to level referee late in 3rd period, ending national title game pic.twitter.com/UuJYjSER3K
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 26, 2017
With just seconds left in the game and the Dakota College leading the Erie 7-4, a player identified as Erie freshman Brandon Day burst out of the sin bin and brutally took down a referee.
The game was called a result of the attack, awarding Dakota the championship. Day is in custody and will be charged with assault because of his actions.