Hockey East hands down one-game suspension to UMass Lowell’s Master

Hockey East announced Monday that UMass Lowell junior forward Nick Master has been suspended for one game stemming from an incident at 12:29 of the third period on Saturday, Nov. 11, against Northeastern.

On the play, Master was assessed a two-minute minor penalty for charging the goalie.

Master will miss the game on Friday, Nov. 17, against Connecticut and is eligible to return to the River Hawks’ lineup Saturday, Nov. 18, at UConn.

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      • Really? You think that Master charge warranted a suspension? That same thing happens once a month across the league and no suspensions are delved out..

        • Nothing against UML or your comments, however, there is no doubt this play warranted a suspension of one game. As you stated in an earlier posting, you only saw the play live. The video replay shows Master blindsided the goalie. Master was not throwing snow (trying to stop or slow down) when he made contact with NU’s goalie, Primeau. Master skated right through the crease and laid him out. UML does not need to resort to that stuff in order to be successful. You can “take away the goalie’s eyes” without slamming into the goalie while he is in the crease, tracking the play. Master is not that kind of player, and I love UML’s / Bazin’s style of play when they play his system. However, this infraction was definitely an offense that warranted supplemental discipline. The league made the right decision. Glad nobody was injured.

          • See, that’s where I disagree. Unless there has been a rule change that I don’t know about, this is in my opinion, arbitrary. Chris Kreider made a living just a few short years ago at BC, running goalies on an almost game basis, and to my knowledge, never got suspended for it.
            While I agree that it was most certainly a penalty, I don’t agree that it was suspension worthy.

          • I only saw the earlier call … anyone have link to the clip on Master’s hit? Also, history is moot. What did or didn’t get called over the years does not dictate the league’s actions today.

          • I looked, made every google iteration I could make and nothing found.

            Rules are rules. Unless something has changed or HEA put out some sort of mandate on how they call plays like that, the precedent has been established, that is how it should be called. I totally agree that Master should have been penalized, I just don’t agree that he should have been suspended. Go look for suspensions in D-1 hockey and tell me how many suspensions are handed out for running goalies…wait, I’ll save you the time…next to none is the answer.

      • I know it was worse, but neither deserved what they ultimately got. Sodergren is my neighbor. I’ve watched him play since he was a kid and I know he doesn’t play that way.

      • +1 Master’s hit on NU’s goalie deserved supplemental discipline action by the league. Lowell is too good a hockey club to do that, and Nick Master is too good a hockey player to resort to that stuff. Lowell is very lucky that Master did not get a five minute major at the time of the infraction. If he did, the NU power play could have easily changed the outcome of that game.

      • Really? You think that Master charge warranted a suspension? That same thing happens once a month across the league and no suspensions are delved out..

        • Nothing against UML or your comments, however, there is no doubt this play warranted a suspension of one game. As you stated in an earlier posting, you only saw the play live. The video replay shows Master blindsided the goalie. Master was not throwing snow (trying to stop or slow down) when he made contact with NU’s goalie, Primeau. Master skated right through the crease and laid him out. UML does not need to resort to that stuff in order to be successful. You can “take away the goalie’s eyes” without slamming into the goalie while he is in the crease, tracking the play. Master is not that kind of player, and I love UML’s / Bazin’s style of play when they play his system. However, this infraction was definitely an offense that warranted supplemental discipline. The league made the right decision. Glad nobody was injured.

          • See, that where I disagree. Unless there has been a rule change that I don’t know about, this is in my opinion, arbitrary. Chris Kreider made a living just a few short years ago at BC, running goalies on an almost game basis, and to my knowledge, never got suspended for it.
            While I agree that it was most certainly a penalty, I don’t agree that it was suspension worthy.

          • I only saw the earlier call … anyone have link to the clip on Master’s hit? Also, history is moot. What did or didn’t get called over the years does not dictate the league’s actions today.

          • I looked, made every google iteration I could make and nothing found.

            Rules are rules. Unless something has changed or HEA put out some sort of mandate on how they call plays like that, the precedent has been established, that is how it should be called. I totally agree that Master should have been penalized, I just don’t agree that he should have been suspended. Go look for suspensions in D-1 hockey and tell me how many suspensions are handed out for running goalies…wait, I’ll save you the time…next to none is the answer.

      • I know it was worse, but neither deserved what they ultimately got. Sodergren is my neighbor. I’ve watched him play since he was a kid and I know he doesn’t play that way.

      • +1 Master’s hit on NU’s goalie deserved supplemental discipline action by the league. Lowell is too good a hockey club to do that, and Nick Master is too good a hockey player to resort to that stuff. Lowell is very lucky that Master did not get a five minute major at the time of the infraction. If he did, the NU power play could have easily changed the outcome of that game.

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