When a player is kicked out of a game you sometimes question whether the rink announcer is right when he calls out a game disqualification nor a game misconduct.
Mavericks forward Jerad Stewart got a DQ for his knee-to-knee hit on Minnesota's Mike Howe Saturday, and MSU coach Troy Jutting said that was indeed the call. As a result, Stewart must sit out Friday's game at Denver.
Jutting said Stewart will make the trip, however, and likely play Saturday. Jutting did not dispute the call and, although he doesn't think Stewart intentionally tried to hurt Howe, he did stress that players must be more careful in those open-ice situations. Not only could Stewart have damaged Howe's knee but he just as easily could have injured himself on the play.
The WCHA does seem to be cracking down on dangerous play, as the league issued a press release Saturday morning in which it said it was giving Colorado College's Derek Patrosso a one-game suspension for a checking from behind penalty Friday against Minnesota Duluth.
Greg Shepherd, the league's supervisor of officials reviewed the play and called for the extra penalty. Patrosso had received a five-minute major and a game misconduct.