February 14, 2008 PRINT Bookmark and Share

Canisius' Hudson, RIT Walton Suspended For Rest of Regular Season

CHN Staff Report

Atlantic Hockey has suspended eight players that participated in the Feb. 9 brawl between RIT and Canisius, including punishing Carl Hudson (Canisius) and Ricky Walton (RIT) for the rest of the regular season.

The punishments work out to three extra games for Hudson and five extra for Walton. RIT is appealing the decision.

With RIT ahead 3-1 in the third period, a fight started in the RIT zone. After things had started to subside, Walton punched a Canisius player from behind. Hudson then left the penalty box to re-join the fight. Later, he repeatedly slammed the head of an RIT player into the ice.

As a result of the melee, 15 players were given penalties, including eight from Canisius. There were four game disqualifications to Canisius players, including two to Hudson. Two DQs is the equivalent of three games suspension.

Commissioner Bob DeGregorio and supervisor of officials Gene Binda reviewed tapes from the incident, which led to 251 penalty minutes.

"Atlantic Hockey, the NCAA and the culture of collegiate hockey will not allow or condone fighting," DeGregorio said. "This was not representative of the student-athlete experience that Atlantic Hockey and its members are striving to achieve."

Canisius players receiving additional one-game suspensions were Phil Rauch, Taylor Anderson, Jason Weeks, and Carl Hudson. For RIT, the suspensions went to Tyler Mazzei, Louis Menard, Stephen Burns and Ricky Walton.

"We fully support the decisions made by the commissioner and his staff," Maher said of Atlantic Hockey commissioner Bob DeGregorio's decision. "These suspensions are both substantial and appropriate under the circumstances. We have high expectations and standards for our student-athletes and in this case we failed to meet those standards. We regret that this incident occurred, however, now that the suspensions have been finalized, we intend to use this experience as a teaching opportunity and to reinforce Canisius College's commitment to the highest levels of sportsmanship."

The penalties assessed within the game included:

Goalie Taylor Anderson — leaving the crease, fighting, game DQ
Taylor Anderson — fighting, game DQ
Josh Heidinger — double roughing, fighting, game DQ
David Kasch — double roughing, misconduct
Phil Rauch — double roughing, misconduct
Cory Conacher — double roughing, misconduct
Jason Weeks — double roughing, misconduct
Carl Hudson — fighting, misconduct, 2 game DQs

Goalie Louis Menard — leaving the crease, fighting, game DQ
Ricky Walton — fighting, game DQ
Tyler Mazzei — misconduct
Stephen Burns — double roughing, misconduct
Anton Kharin — double roughing, misconduct
Justin Hofstetter — double roughing, misconduct
Brent Patry — double roughing, misconduct

That's 15 players involved total. Canisius had eight players involved, four DQs, four fighting majors, five misconducts, and 10 roughing minors. RIT had seven players involved, two DQs, two fighting majors, five misconducts, and eight roughing minors.

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