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College Hockey Player Leaves Penalty Box to Attack Ref in Championship Game

Erie Community College was losing 7–4 to Dakota College at Bottineau in the championship game

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 final National Junior College Athletic Association championship game.

Freshman defenseman Brandon Day went after the referee with 39 seconds left and the officials decided to end the game at that point.

Video posted on social media showed Day charging from the penalty box and knocking the official on the ice. It was not immediately clear what prompted Day to attack the referee. Day was taken into custody by SUNY Broome police and charged with assault.

Bottineau won its 10th title, beating Erie in the championship for the second straight year. Erie won in 2015.

Harrison Aide gave Bottineau a 5-4 lead with a power-play goal at 39 seconds of the third period. Charles Joly and Andrew Carriere finished the scoring.

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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