WCHA Suspends Frattin
CHN Staff Report
DENVER North Dakota forward Matt Frattin has been suspended by the WCHA for one game, for a hit on Minnesota's Kevin Wehrs during Sunday's Game 3 between the two teams.
As a result, Frattin will have to sit out Thursday's WCHA Final Five play-in game against Minnesota-Duluth. He would be eligible to return for the semifinals, or, if North Dakota loses, for the first round of the NCAAs.
The hit came about four minutes into the second period, with the teams tied, 1-1. Frattin was called for a 5-minute major for "contact to the head." The hit knocked Wehrs out of the game.
North Dakota killed the penalty, and the game stayed tied. Frattin and his teammates credited the penalty kill with giving the Sioux the momentum to go on and win the game.
Frattin had four goals in the three games over the weekend, and has nine goals and 15 points in 21 games since re-joining the team at mid-season. Frattin was suspended by coach Dave Hakstol after two arrests during last offseason, and was initially expected to sit this entire season, but was reinstated by Hakstol after Christmas.
Brad Schlossman, the Sioux beat writer for the Grand Forks Herald, posted in his blog screen shots of the hit from the television broadcast, contending that Frattin never lifted his arms to hit Wehrs, and that Frattin's feet were on the ground at the time. The images can be found here.
The video highlights from Fox Sports North are here: http://www.foxsportsnorth.com/pages/video/?PID=8LFD3qhwiwPkZSg04j4_6nNrf7Zwf9WS