NCHC issues one-game suspension to North Dakota’s Stecher after illegal hit against Minnesota-Duluth

The NCHC has issued a one-game suspension to North Dakota junior defenseman Troy Stecher, stemming from an illegal hit during UND’s game against Minnesota-Duluth on Feb. 20.

Stecher was suspended after the review of a play in which a hit was delivered to the back of a Minnesota-Duluth player at the 20-minute of the third period Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.

A major penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct were assessed on the play.

Stecher will be required to serve the suspension during UND’s next game on Feb. 26 at Nebraska-Omaha. Stecher is eligible to return for the Fighting Hawks in the series finale with the Mavericks on Feb. 27.