The California University of Pennsylvania hockey club concluded a thrilling season by winning the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Division III National Championship on March 16.
The team posted a 7-3 victory over San Diego State University at the Rochester Recreation Center in Rochester, Minn. There are 124 teams in Division III club hockey.
Cal, coached by Justin Berger, finished the season with a 29-1 overall record. One day before winning the national title, Cal avenged its only loss by upending previously-unbeaten Northern Colorado, 7-5.
Senior goalie Tim Johnson was named the tourney’s Most Valuable Player, while classmates B.J. DePaoli and Matt Warco were named to the first and second All-Tournament Teams, respectively. DePaoli was also selected as the ACH III National Player of the Year.
DePaoli led Cal, which tallied six or more goals in 26 games, in scoring with 84 points (34+50) in 22 games played. Senior forward Matt Ward produced 74 points (37+37).
Before winning three games at the national tourney, Cal won the College Hockey East Regional for the second-straight season. After a 14-3 win over Robert Morris’ Division III team, Cal iced the title with a pair of victories over Penn State-Altoona (6-5 and 5-2).
DePaoli, who scored two goals and added eight assists in the three games, was selected as the Regional Tournament Most Valuable Player. He has led the CHE in scoring each of the past three seasons. Johnson was tabbed as the CHE Goalie of the Year.
The players of Cal’s roster included: Alan Book, Matt Warco, Joe Powell, Stefan Getzik, Tim Tagmyer, Justin Petach, Jeremy Hill, Ben Smith, B.J. DePaoli, Bill, Matt Hoffer, Matt Bohn, Anthony Battista, Dan Tonini, Bob Heyl, Matt Ward, Patrick Spangler, Dave Kovachick, Ryan Jones, Dan Lauzon, Rick Young, Brandon Patterson, Nick Posa, Jesse Katzman, Shane Bickar, Brian Swords, Josh Gilliam, Shawn O'Connor, Mark Lennon, Tim Johnson and Justin Schaum.