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North Dakota's Troy Stecher Suspended One Game by NCHC

Matt Christians

The NCHC has issued a one-game suspension to North Dakota's Troy Stecher for a hit from behind on Minnesota Duluth's Tony Cameranesi as time expired in Saturda's 2-1 North Dakota win.

Courtesy of CJ Fogler(@cjzero), here's video of the hit:

It's pretty much a no-brainer for this to receive some supplemental discipline. Stecher was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct on the play, though obviously served no time for the hit as the game had already ended.

If there is any quibble in the discipline, it's that Stecher's hit is part of a larger string of extremely dangerous cheap shots that have been taken in recent weeks after the outcome of the game is largely decided. That's not to say college hockey should adopt the stringent automatic suspensions many other leagues have for game misconducts late in games, but it is perhaps something NCAA leagues should start taking into consideration when deciding supplemental discipline, because these types of dangerous incidents keep happening.

Stecher will miss North Dakota's game next Friday when the Fighting Hawks play at Omaha. North Dakota is currently tied with St. Cloud State for the league lead with just four game remaining in the regular season. Stecher is the team's top-scoring defenseman with 6-15-21 in 32 games this year.