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
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An Erie Community College hockey player left the penalty box and attacked a referee Sunday, ending the school’s 7-4 loss to Dakota College of Bottineau in the National Junior College Athletic Association championship game in Binghamton, NY.
Freshman defenseman Brandon Day went after the referee with 39 seconds left, making a beeline and shoving him down hard to the ice before he was subdued by the other two referees and an unidentified third man.
The officials decided to end the game at that point.
Day was taken into custody by the SUNY Broome Police and faces assault charges, according to ABC affiliate WKBW.
The referee who was attacked told CBS affiliate WBNG he’s “a little sore but OK.”
Bottineau won its 10th title, beating Erie in the championship for the second straight year. Erie won in 2015. The game marked the end of the NJCAA hockey championship, with the competition being dropped because of a lack of teams.
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