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Denver Suspends Mullen One Game

CHN Staff Report

DENVER — Denver has suspended senior defenseman Patrick Mullen one game for a slashing incident that occurred at the end of the game against Minnesota-Duluth last Saturday.

Mullen slashed UMD forward Michael Connelly while trying to defend an empty net. He was given a five-minute penalty for slashing and a game misconduct, but the game was already over.

Denver coach George Gwozdecky levied the suspension, prior to the WCHA making a ruling.

"A player is responsible for his stick and his careless actions warrant a suspension," Gwozdecky said.

Mullen will be required to meet with WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod to discuss the incident.

"If you look at the WCHA and the philosophy on that, most of the time, the WCHA will look to the schools to make the decision first," Gwozdecky said. "If they agree with the school, it goes along. If they don't, they'll add or change (the suspension)."

Mullen will serve his one-game suspension at Colorado College on Friday. Mullen ranks second among DU defensemen in scoring with 19 points on two goals and 17 assists.

"It was a pretty hard swing with the stick," Gwozdecky said. "The action and the intent are two things you have to look at. If you look at what Patrick did immediately after contact was made — if he was looking at injuring (Connelly) he would've stood there or went after him. But immediately he sprinted down the ice, knowing only a second or two was left in the game. ... No question his intent, as he said, was to deny Connellyl from getting the puck. He went about it the wrong way, but the one thing that was probably in my mind, (the intent was) not worth any further suspsension."

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