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BU's Privitera Suspended for Remainder of Season

by Scott McLaughlin/Senior Writer

BOSTON — Boston University sophomore defenseman Alexx Privitera has been suspended by coach Jack Parker for the remainder of the season due to on-ice discipline problems. Privitera has had a number of discipline issues this season, most recently earning a game misconduct for a leg check on Harvard's Alex Fallstrom in Monday's Beanpot consolation game.

On Nov. 2, he allegedly whacked a North Dakota fan in the forehead with his stick while serving a penalty, an incident that earned him a one-game benching from Parker. On Nov. 30, he was given a 10-minute misconduct for arguing with officials. Then on Dec. 29, he received a game disqualification for kicking a Denver player. Parker tacked on a second game to the automatic one-game suspension that came with the DQ.

Privitera had two goals, 10 assists and 74 penalty minutes this season while playing alongside Sean Escobedo on the team's top defensive pairing. He also led the team and ranked second in the country with 72 blocks.

Privitera's suspension leaves the Terriers with just six defensemen and 12 forwards who have seen playing time this season. Senior Ryan Ruikka had moved from defense to forward in recent weeks, but will presumably move back to his usual position to replace Privitera.

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