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Michigan's Kampfer OK After On-Ice Incident Against Michigan State

CHN Staff Report

Michigan defenseman Steve Kampfer is OK and hopes to play next weekend, after being briefly hospitalized Saturday following an ugly hit late in the Wolverines' 5-3 win over Michigan State.

Kampfer missed the first half of this season with a fractured skull and neck injuries after being assaulted on campus, and returned less than a month ago. Football player Mike Milano faces felony charges from the attack, and was kicked off the team.

Saturday, with 53 seconds remaining in the game, Kampfer was playing a puck in his own zone along the boards when he was checked from behind by the Spartans' Andrew Conboy, who appeared to slam Kampfer to the ice head first. MSU's Corey Tropp followed up with a slash.

According to reports, the pair was retaliating for a big hit Kampfer made at center ice moments earlier, which was by all accounts clean. After Kampfer was hit, a fight broke out among several players. Tropp was ejected and Conboy received two roughing penalties.

According to a report in the Ann Arbor News, Comley apologized to Berenson after the game, and told Berenson he would handle the two players' discipline internally. The CCHA may be interested in additional punishment, however. Comley later indicated to reporters that Tropp would miss two games, and Conboy would at least "stay home" from next weekend's trip to Lake Superior State.

Kampfer told the Detroit Free Press that he had a strained neck, but no relapse of his earlier injury. And he said he didn't know whether Tropp was intentionally targeting his neck.

“It’s not like people didn’t know I had that injury,” Kampfer told the Free Press. “If that was his true intention, that’s uncalled for. I don’t know what (Tropp) was thinking at the time. Obviously, I’m disappointed. ... I don’t think two-handing someone over the neck when someone has had previous injuries is right or necessary.”

"Something like that, at the end of the game, is uncalled for," senior forward Travis Turnbull said on Wolverine.com. "It's ridiculous and we're really not going to forget that."

"To be honest, that was a classless move on their part," junior captain Chris Summers said after the game. "Whether it's an individual thing or a team thing, to be honest, I think it was embarrassing. With the game of hockey comes a lot of respect for one another. These matchups are going to get intense but for that team to do that, for those players to do that, is completely uncalled for and unnecessary."

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