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Radja Returning for UNH

CHN Staff Report

New Hampshire senior forward Mike Radja, who had recently been suspended indefinitely by the team, has had the suspension lifted and will play this weekend against Massachusetts.

Radja was suspended after getting arrested for disorderly conduct in the apartment building of North Dakota forward T.J. Oshie following a weekend series of games between the two teams. Details about the arrests have not been disclosed.

"We've put that behind us," said UNH coach Dick Umile. He's practicing with us and he'll be in the lineup this weekend."

Radja leads the Wildcats (11-6-1, 7-4-1 HEA) in goals with 10.

Also back in the lineup is freshman James van Riemsdyk, who led all scorers at the recent World Junior Championships, where the U.S. finished fourth.

The returns should help a UNH team that has been inconsistent since a hot start, and is coming off a 6-5 loss to St. Lawrence.

"There are no guarantees just because James is back and Michael Radja is back," Umile said. "They'll help us. They'll give us a little more depth. We've got a little bit of inexperience. We've made some mistakes and found ways to lose games. We played pretty well against St. Lawrence until the last six minutes when they scored three goals. We haven't played consistently for 60 minutes. Hopefully, we'll put that together for the second half."

UNH faces UMass in a home-and-home, starting with Friday's game in Amherst, where the Minutemen are unbeaten in their last 13 games (9-0-4).

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