Santa Rosa JC wins Shootout tourney
December 31, 2003
By Steve Yingling
Tribune sports editor
Puck giveaways and defensive breakdowns are part of the collegiate game, so goal tending tends to play a large role in outcomes.
With Richard Bohan between the pipes, Santa Rosa Junior College likes their chances.
Bohan surrendered two goals in a 4-2 victory over Sacramento State late Tuesday night, then came back 13 hours later to shut down North Texas 5-2 at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena. The wins propelled Santa Rosa to the first South Lake Tahoe Shootout hockey title.
“Against Sacramento State, they tested me early,” Bohan said. “This game (with North Texas) I kind of was sitting and watching the team play in front of me.”
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A diverse scoring attack enabled Bohan to relax in front of the net as Carlos Perez, John Hutton, Zack Brown, Kevin Brattin and Tom Billeter scored goals in front of him.
“All we did was crash the net … that’s how we scored four of our goals,” said Santa Rosa’s Bobby Nappi.
Bijan Kazeminejad had a different view of why the Santa Rosa offense clicked against North Texas.
“Coach (Rob Brown) picked the winning lines today,” Kazeminejad said.
North Texas, Santa Rosa and Sacramento State all finished with 2-1 records in the preliminary round. North Texas and Santa Rosa advanced to the finals because of a better goal differential than the Hornets.
The Hornets (16-5), however, didn’t dwell on missing the finals, doubling up Cal State Northridge 6-3 in a third-place match Wednesday morning. Sacramento State defeated North Texas 4-3 on Sunday night by scoring twice in the final 30 seconds.
“I think we should have been playing Sacramento State in the championship game as opposed to North Texas,” Bohan said.
The Eagles only trailed 4-2 entering the final period, but with Bohan as impenetrable as Stateline on New Year’s Eve, the remaining minutes were a mere formality.
“Our puck control, strong forechecking and staying out of the penalty box were keys,” Brown said.
Sacramento State’s next home games are Jan. 17 and 18 against Wagner College.