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Miami's Blake Coleman Suspended For NCAA Tournament Game

Matt Christians

Miami senior forward Blake Coleman scored all three goals for the RedHawks in their 3-2 Frozen Face Off championship win over St. Cloud State last night. Coleman was named tournament MVP for his performance.

But after scoring his third goal of the game in the second period, Coleman was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for contact to the head. Coleman had previously received two game misconducts this season for checking from behind(10/25 vs. St. Lawrence, and 3/07 vs. North Dakota). By NCAA rule, a player is forced to sit out his team's next game after receiving his third game misconduct of the season.

That means Coleman will be ineligible to play for Miami next Saturday when they face Providence in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Coleman would be eligible to return to the line-up on Sunday if the RedHawks advanced.

Coleman has 20 goals and 17 assists for 37 points in 37 games this season. He was tied for the team lead in goals(t-18th nationally) and third on the team in points(t-36th nationally). His penalties last night also gave him 99 penalty minutes on the season, putting him first in the nation in that category.