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Suspensions Handed Down After Union-RPI Fight

Union Sidelines Bennett for Two Games

CHN Staff Report

Union coach Rick Bennett was suspended for two games by the school after the events at the conclusion of Saturday's 2-1 loss to Rensselaer in the Mayor's Cup.

The college announced the punishment Sunday. According to athletic director Jim McLaughlin, assistant coach Joe Dumais will assume Bennett's coaching duties for the next two games. The Dutchmen travel to the North Country Friday and Saturday for ECAC games with St. Lawrence and Clarkson.

"On behalf of Union College and the men’s hockey team, I apologize for my actions and behavior after last night’s game against RPI," Bennett said in a statement. "The administration, supporters and loyal fans of both programs deserve and demand better from me. I’m truly sorry for the events that took place after the game."

Bennett and RPI coach Seth Appert had to be separated by officials on the ice after Bennett appeared to shove Appert during the incident.

The situation began when Union captain Mat Bodie crosschecked RPI's Brock Higgs immediately after a faceoff in the waning seconds of the game.

Bodie and teammate Eli Lichtenweld both received game disqualifications, which come with automatic one-game suspensions. RPI's Steve Zalewski and Luke Curadi also received disqualifications and will sit one game each for their actions.

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