RPI defenseman Burgdoerfer suspended

Burgdoerfer suspended

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute sophomore defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer was suspended one game by ECAC Hockey on Thursday for his hitting-from-behind incident late in last Friday’s 2-1 loss to Cornell at Houston Field House.

Burgdoerfer will miss Friday’s game against Capital Region-rival Union at Messa Rink.

He was given a five-minute major and game disqualification for checking Cornell’s Joe Scali from behind with two minutes left in the game. The game DQ automatically suspended Burgdoerfer from the next night’s game against Colgate. But commissioner Steve Hagwell handed down an additional game suspension, in accordance with ECAC Hockey Policies and Procedures, and Rule 4, Section 10 of the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Rules.

“We did appeal, and lost the appeal,” RPI coach Seth Appert said. “I respect Steve Hagwell, and [officials supervisor] Paul Stewart and the ECAC executive committee. I thought they handled this process with a lot of class and very quickly, to allow us proper notification.

“I do not condone the hit that Erik had. It was the right call by [referee] Chip McDonald. We talked to Eirk about that. At the same time, I thought he was given his suspension under NCAA rules through the disqualification. Being that it was his first offense, it was my belief that no other additional penalties were merited.”

Hagwell declined to comment.

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