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ECC hockey player who pushed referee pleads guilty to assault

An Erie Community College hockey player who appeared to deliberately push down a referee during a Feb. 26 national championship game in Binghamton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of third-degree assault in Dickinson Town Court Thursday, court officials said.

Brandon Day, a freshman defenseman from West Seneca, appeared before Judge Thomas R. Cline who ordered a pre-sentence investigation.

Day was also suspended from ECC for the remainder of the semester, a decision that was made about three weeks ago, an ECC spokesman said.

After a brief scuffle in the final minute of the game against Dakota College of Bottineau (N.D.), Day stormed out of the penalty box onto the ice and leveled the referee who had broken up the fight. The remaining 39 seconds of the game were called off while the referee was attended to.

The incident was caught on video widely shared via a Sports Illustrated tweet; the video was also included on ESPN's Sportscenter Sunday night.

Bottineau came out of a 4-4 tie for three third-period goals and defeated the Kats, 7-4. The championship game of the National Junior College Athletic Association was hosted by Broome Community College.

ECC freshman storms out of penalty box, assaults ref in hockey championship


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