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Canisius Forward Suspended 7 Games For Hit

CHN Staff Report

HAVERHILL, Mass. — Atlantic Hockey has suspended Canisius sophomore Matthew Grazen for an additional seven games after a checking from behind penalty against Air Force's George Michalke in a game Oct. 25.

Grazen was given a five-minute major and a game disqualification penalties. Because of the DQ, he missed the team's subsequent game at Minnesota, and now will miss the team's next five games, plus two games against Air Force on Feb. 15-16.

“Canisius College strongly disagrees with the supplemental discipline imposed by Atlantic Hockey on Matthew Grazen," the school said in a statement not attributed to any individual. "Following college hockey precedent, a two-game suspension for a checking from behind penalty would have been appropriate for a first-time offender. We were given the chance to appeal and have had our voice heard, however the Atlantic Hockey Executive Committee felt differently. Matthew Grazen is an outstanding student-athlete has been a great representative of Canisius College and we are disappointed in the final outcome.”

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