North Dakota, Denver Receive Additional Penalties
by Adam Wodon/Managing Editor
The WCHA has handed out supplemental discipline in the aftermath of last Saturday's fight between North Dakota and Denver.
After the second period, as the teams were leaving the ice, a full-scale fight broke out between North Dakota's Kyle Radke and Denver's Brandon Vossberg. That followed a fight earlier in the game between Radke and Denver's J.P. Testwuide, which was broken up quickly and only resulted in 10-minute misconducts.
The between-periods fight caused a lengthy melee on the ice between numerous players, though Vossberg bore the brunt of up to a dozen punches by Radke.
Radke and Testwuide have each received a one-game suspension. WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod said that the referee, Marco Hunt, should have given a game disqualification for the earlier fight, which was the rationale for these suspensions. Radke already received an automatic suspension for the game disqualification penalty he received for the fight against Vossberg. That means Radke will sit out this entire weekend against Bemidji State, while Testwuide and Vossberg will each sit Friday against Alaska-Anchorage.
North Dakota swept the two-game series against the Pioneers, rallying from 4-1 down to win 5-4 on Saturday.
It's not the first time this year North Dakota has been involved in such an incident. Just three weeks ago, the Sioux got into a number of altercations with Minnesota, including a near-fight in the post-game handshake line. North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol was suspended for two games for an obscene gesture towards referees that was caught by television cameras during the game.
North Dakota leads the nation in penalty minutes at 22.2 per game.
"The same culprits that have been involved with previous issues from North Dakota were perhaps the catalyst to get this started," said Denver coach George Gwozdecky to the Denver Post.
"In a game like that, and to have that break out, was disturbing. I thought the officials that were very prompt earlier when Testwuide and Radke got into it, were very prompt in jumping in and breaking that up.
"And yet, in this instance with Radke and Vossberg, they did the exact opposite. I was very worried about Brandon. He was certainly on the wrong end of receiving those punches."