Boston University announced today that sophomore defenseman Alexx Privitera would be suspended for the remainder of the season due to a lack of on-ice discipline.
Privitera has scored two goals and 10 assists for the Terriers in 23 games this season, but also has 22 penalties for 74 minutes this year, including a number of high-profile incidents. Among his more infamous infractions this year:
-He allegedly hit a North Dakota fan with his stick while serving a two minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on November 2nd in a game at North Dakota. He received a one game suspension by Boston University for the incident.
-On November 30th against Boston College, he received a double minor for checking from behind and unsportsmanlike conduct for arguing the check from behind call. 19 seconds later, after BU had scored a game-sealing empty net goal, Privitera was assessed an additional ten minute misconduct for continuing to argue the call.
-On December 29th against Denver, Privitera received a five minute major and game disqualification for kicking a Denver player. Boston University added a second game onto the one game disqualification penalty.
- The final straw appeared to come last Monday in BU's Beanpot consolation loss to Harvard. Privitera was given a 5 minute major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct.
Boston University has been struggling of late, with just one win in their last seven games, and has seen their position in the Pairwise Rankings slip from comfortably in the NCAA tournament to clinging to the tournament bubble, meaning this final stretch of games will be crucial for the Terriers. Perhaps losing Privitera and some of his antics may help focus the team and help turn their ship around.