Dakota wins final championship in NJCAA ice hockey


BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Dakota (N.D.) was crowned the final champions of NJCAA ice hockey Sunday thanks to a 7-4 victory over Erie (N.Y.) at the SUNY Broome Ice Center.

  • The defending champion Lumberjacks wasted no time flexing their muscle, as the No. 1 seed of the tournament jumped out to a 3-1 advantage.
  • Erie clawed its way back to enter the final period tied at 4-4.
  • Dakota scored three unanswered goals in the third period and the Kats were unable to respond.
  • Freshman forward Zach Garrett led the Lumberjacks offense with a goal and two assists in the title game.
  • The victory marks Dakota’s 10th national championship in program history.
  • In three games, the Lumberjacks outscored their opponents 22-6 and averaged 7.3 goals per game in the national tournament.
  • Dakota sophomore defenseman and tournament MVP Cody Longie tallied three goals and two assists in three games.
  • Dakota notched a 4-1 win against Mohawk Valley (N.Y.) and a 10-1 victory over Hudson Valley (N.Y.) en route to Sunday’s matchup with Erie for the national title.
  • Dakota head coach Travis Rybchinski was named Coach of the Tournament.
  • The Lumberjacks finished their championship season with a 25-3-1 record.
  • Erie finished second in the tournament followed by Hudson Valley and Mohawk Valley, respectively.

Photos courtesy of SUNY Broome.

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