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MEN'S HOCKEY: WCHA adds penalties

UND senior forward Kyle Radke won't play this weekend against Bemidji State. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association slapped another game onto the senior's suspension Tuesday, which means he has to sit two games because of a pair of incidents t...

UND senior forward Kyle Radke won't play this weekend against Bemidji State.

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association slapped another game onto the senior's suspension Tuesday, which means he has to sit two games because of a pair of incidents that happened last weekend against Denver.

The league also handed Pioneer defenseman J.P. Testwuide a one-game suspension for his role.

Radke and Testwuide dropped their gloves and began to fight near the Denver net at the 6:38 mark of the second period Saturday. The assistant referees jumped in quickly to break up the scuffle right as fists began to fly.

Both players were given double-minors and a 10-minute misconduct.

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WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod said that referee Marco Hunt "under-called" the incident and should have given the players game disqualifications, meaning an ejecting and automatic one-game suspension.

That's why the league, which has the ability to add supplementary discipline, decided both should have to sit out one game for that incident.

For Radke, it means he will have to miss two games, because he earned a game disqualification later on for a fight at the end of the second period.

As the teams went to their locker rooms, Sioux defenseman Joe Finley and Denver forward Rhett Rakhshani collided as they crossed paths near the benches. Pioneer goaltender Peter Mannino then punched Finley in the head with his glove, causing a scrum to break out.

Radke, hearing the commotion from the tunnel, sprinted back onto the ice and locked up with Pioneer forward Brandon Vossberg.

Radke proceeded to take down and bloody the Denver sophomore. Both players were given game disqualifications for that incident, which means they are automatically suspended for one game.

The Pioneers will be without both Testwuide and Vossberg for Friday's home game against Alaska-Anchorage. Radke will be out until the Sioux travel to Minnesota-Duluth next weekend.

"The guidelines call for the players to sit out the next regularly scheduled NCAA game," McLeod said of the supplementary discipline. "It doesn't matter whether it's a conference game or not."

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McLeod said that the incident between Radke and Testwuide is not considered a game disqualification, though. So if Radke gets another disqualification later this year, it will be considered his second, not third. That would mean an automatic two-game suspension.

Reach Schlossman at 780-1129, (800) 477-6572 ext. 129 or bschlossman@gfherald.com .

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