Union, Rensselaer issued suspensions from ECAC Hockey after postgame incident

ECAC Hockey on Monday announced suspensions stemming from an on-ice postgame incident that took place after the Rensselaer-Union game last Saturday (Jan. 25) at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.

Union senior defenseman Mat Bodie, who was assessed roughing and facemaking penalties, along with a game disqualification at the 20:00 mark, which merits an automatic one-game suspension, received an additional one-game suspension by the league. Bodie is not eligible to compete in the Dutchmen’s next two contests on Friday, Jan. 31 at St. Lawrence and Saturday, Feb. 1 at Clarkson.

Union junior forward Daniel Ciampini has also received a one-game suspension by the league for his actions during the post-game incident and is not eligible to play Friday at St. Lawrence.

The league office also handed out one-game suspensions to Rensselaer senior defenseman Bo Dolan and junior forward Ryan Haggerty for their postgame actions. Both are out for RPI’s game this Friday at Clarkson.

The actions during the postgame incident of both Rensselaer head coach Seth Appert and Union head coach Rick Bennett were reviewed by the league office.

According to a press release, after conferring with administrators from both Rensselaer and Union, the league supports the two-game suspension of Bennett for his involvement in the postgame incident, which was initially rendered Sunday (Jan. 26) by the college. Bennett cannot coach this weekend at St. Lawrence and Clarkson.

In addition, three other players were assessed a major penalty for fighting and a game disqualification penalty at the 20:00 mark of the third period, which by NCAA rules automatically merits a one-game suspension. Rensselaer defenseman junior Luke Curadi and sophomore forward Mike Zalewski and Union freshman forward Eli Lichtenwald will all sit Friday night.