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Junior college hockey player arrested after attacking ref

Hockey has experienced its fair share of unruly behavior, yes, even more so than the usual fights and scrums, within the past month.

Current and former professionals Kurtis Gabriel, Gustav Nyquist, Antoine Vermette and Andrew Peters each were punished for their acts of malice on or around the ice. Now, a college hockey player from Erie Community College in New York is in the national spotlight for the outburst that put him in jail.

Brandon Day, a freshman at Erie, was arrested and charged with assault on Sunday after attacking a referee in the final moments of the NJCAA national championship game. Video of the incident shows Day charging from the penalty box and checking the ref into the ice. The official remained motionless while the other referees tried to get Day under control.

The refs called off the rest of the game with 39 seconds remaining and Dakota College of Bottineau, N.D., was crowned national champions after the 7-4 victory. Dakota College has two players from Minnesota on its roster: defenseman Jesse Mendel from St. Cloud and defenseman/forward Garrett Rasmusson from Warroad.

The NJCAA issued a statement that read, The NJCAA national office has been made aware of the incident that occurred during its hockey championship game and will take all necessary steps to gather as much information from tournament officials and local authorities regarding violations to the association’s sportsmanship code. This type of behavior will not be tolerated in the NJCAA.”

Gabriel, a Wild prospect, attacked a player off the ice on Saturday. Nyquist speared Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the face. Vermette slashed a referee during a recent game against the Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Peters was involved with youth hockey fight.

Here is video of the incident involving Day: 

Gophers' 14-0 start among the best in college softball


The Gophers softball team believes it has the cure for the Monday blues.

The fix is an 81-second highlight video of the team finishing off Idaho State 12-2 on Sunday to improve to a perfect 14-0 and survive as just one of six unbeaten teams in the country.

The Gophers have remained undefeated throughout the first month of the season despite playing every game on the road. They swept the field at the Texas Tournament in Austin, including two wins over Texas, to kick off the season. They also swept the B1G/ACC Challenge in Raleigh, N.C., with wins over Notre and North Carolina State. Last weekend, the Gophers won five games at the Fresno State Tournament.

Among the six unbeaten teams, the Gophers are only one of three with 14 or more wins. They were ranked No. 11/12 in last week’s national polls and should move up this week when updated polls are released Tuesday.

Gophers new football coach P.J. Fleck took notice of the hot start and tweeted to the softball team, “Elite job!! Congrats!!.” The team responded by inviting him to practice, probably when spring arrives.

Four of the Gophers’ victories were result of the 10-run rule and they’ve outscored their opponents 101-29. Sydney Dwyer, MaKenna Partain, Maddie Houlihan and Kendyl Lindaman all are hitting above .400 led by Dwyer’s .488 average and 18 RBI. Danielle Parlich is not far behind, hitting .396.

All-American pitcher Sara Groenewegen leads the pitching staff with seven wins, 53 strikeouts and a 0.66 ERA in 42.1 innings.

The Gophers will face their biggest test of the season Saturday when they face No. 7/8 LSU Saturday in Baton Rouge, La., and a week later visit No. 7/8 Washington.

Softball fans will have to wait more than a month to see the Gophers on the field in Minnesota. Their first home game is April 4 against South Dakota.

Before returning home to Jane Sage Cowles Stadium, the Gophers will have played 33 games, visited eight states and 10 different cities. Sixteen of their final 21 games will be played at home.

The best way to follow the unbeaten Gophers while they’re on the road is through the team’s Twitter account or Game Tracker. This weekend’s game against LSU can be viewed on the SEC Network Plus

The Gophers' cure for the Monday blues:

Photo courtesy of Gophers athletics

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