St. Charles Community College wins 15th Junior College National Championship
St. Charles defeats West Valley College, takes the best-of-five series in four
West Valley College, from Saratoga, California, is the 3rd team in the last 4 years to face St. Charles Community College, from Cottleville, Missouri, in a 2 team series. Saddleback College (CA) and Arapahoe Community College (CO) have also faced St. Charles in a similar series, with St. Charles prevailing.
St. Charles took the first game by a score of 5-2. David Farley, the St. Charles goaltender, was the story, as his team was outshot 38-23, and Farley made 36 saves for the win. Zach Micks led the team with 2 goals and 2 assists in the win.
2 hours later, West Valley got revenge, defeating St. Charles by a score of 5-1. St. Charles got on the board first, scoring the only goal of the 1st period. West Valley then scored 5 consecutive goals in the 2nd and 3rd periods. 6 different West Valley players factored on the scoring, led by Kyle Aldrich with 1 goals and 2 assists. The game winning goal was scored by West Valley’s Tyler Gulan, on the power play, with just 19 seconds left in the 2nd period.
Game 3 was again David Farley making the difference for St. Charles, making 29 saves, while being slightly outshot by West Valley. West Valley struck first, on the powerplay just 2:57 into the game. At the end of 2 periods, the score was deadlocked at 2. 2 power play goals at the 6:30 and 11:37 marks by Joseph Rupp were the difference, as St. Charles won game 3 by a score of 4-2.
St. Charles entered game 4 with a lead of 2 games to 1, meaning they could take home the championship with a win. St. Charles scored 2 goals 1 minute apart in the middle of the 1st period, by Joseph Rupp from Dillian Mulverhill, and Dillian Mulverhill unassisted. West Valley came back flying in the 2nd period, outshooting St. Charles 16-8, and scoring a power play and short handed goal. Patrick Barnes scored, from Aldrich and Baker, on the power play, and Aldrich added the shorty. Both teams traded goals in the 6th minute of the 3rd period, but it was St. Charles scoring a short handed goal with 3:13 remaining, by Zach Micks. St. Charles then held off the West Valley attack until the buzzer, ending with a 4-3 win and their 15th Junior College National Championship.
Congratulations to St. Charles Community College, the 2016 Junior College National Champion!