February 19, 2008 PRINT Bookmark and Share

RIT Appeals Denied; Team Looks Ahead

by Adam Wodon/Managing Editor

RIT's appeal of two of the four recent Atlantic Hockey suspensions has been denied.

Atlantic Hockey handed down additional suspensions following an on-ice brawl in a game against Canisius last week. The school appealed the supplemental discipline of Louis Menard and Ricky Walton, the latter of which was suspended for the remainder of the regular season.

"The appeal was denied, so the sanctions will stay as they were dealt out," said RIT athletic director Louis Spiotti.

"We looked at the sanctions for a couple of people and we felt they were inconsistent with what we thought the infraction was. And we made a case for it, and the conference office turned it down and we respect that. We're going to move on."

Most of all, Spiotti said that the team, currently in first place in Atlantic Hockey and set to host the conference championship weekend, wanted to put the matter behind them.

"The altercations shouldn't have happened. We bear significant responsibility," Spiotti said.

"We've got a good program, good kids, good athletes and a wonderful coaching staff. We're in this together and we'll get by it ... We don't want anything hanging over our heads."

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