ECAC Adds Suspension Time to Bennett, Appert
CHN Staff Report
ALBANY, N.Y. The ECAC has decided to add two more games to Union coach Rick Bennett's recent suspension, and gave Rensselaer coach Seth Appert one game.
The decisions stem from Saturday's post-game melee involving the two teams, following RPI's 2-1 win in Albany. Following a series of skirmishes between players, Bennett went after Appert physically.
The league initially decided to uphold Union's self-imposed two-game suspension, and decided against suspended Appert. But, after consulting with the league's administrators, commissioner Steve Hagwell added penalties today.
As a result, Bennett will miss the next four games, while Appert will miss this Friday's game at St. Lawrence.
“ECAC Hockey has continued to review the entire situation that occurred Saturday,” Hagwell said. “After additional review and consideration, and discussions with league administrators, additional sanctions have been assessed.
“The league members pride themselves on adhering to the highest level of sportsmanship. Those objectives were not attained Saturday.”
Union's administration said in a statement, "We accept the league's decision. As we have stated previously, we regret the incident. At this point, our focus is on moving forward."
Likewise, RPI made a similar statement: “ECAC Hockey has taken the action it feels is necessary, and we fully support the decision of the league.”