Testwuide Cops WCHA Suspension For Fight

UND's Kyle Radke and Denver's J.P. Testwuide exchange blows in the middle of the second period Saturday in Grand Forks
Photo Credit: John Stennes, GF Herald

From: Grand Forks Herald
by Brad Schlossman

The WCHA handed Pioneer defenseman J.P. Testwuide a one-game suspension for his role in a fight during the UND game Satuday night. UND senior forward Kyle Radke won't play this weekend against Bemidji State. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association also slapped another game onto Radke's suspension Tuesday, which means he has to sit two games because of a pair of incidents in the same game.

Radke and Testwuide dropped their gloves and began to fight near the Denver net at the 6:38 mark of the second period Saturday. The assistant referees jumped in quickly to break up the scuffle right as fists began to fly.

Both players were given double-minors and a 10-minute misconduct.

WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod said that referee Marco Hunt “under-called” the incident and should have given the players game disqualifications, meaning an ejecting and automatic one-game suspension.

That's why the league, which has the ability to add supplementary discipline, decided both should have to sit out one game for that incident.

For Radke, it means he will have to miss two games, because he earned a game disqualification later on for a fight at the end of the second period.

As the teams went to their locker rooms, Sioux defenseman Joe Finley and Denver forward Rhett Rakhshani collided as they crossed paths near the benches. Pioneer goaltender Peter Mannino then punched Finley in the head with his glove, causing a scrum to break out.

Radke, hearing the commotion from the tunnel, sprinted back onto the ice and locked up with Pioneer forward Brandon Vossberg.

Radke proceeded to take down and bloody the Denver sophomore. Both players were given game disqualifications for that incident, which means they are automatically suspended for one game.

The Pioneers will be without both Testwuide and Vossberg for Friday's home game against Alaska-Anchorage. Radke will be out until the Sioux travel to Minnesota-Duluth next weekend.

“The guidelines call for the players to sit out the next regularly scheduled NCAA game,” McLeod said of the supplementary discipline. “It doesn't matter whether it's a conference game or not.”

McLeod said that the incident between Radke and Testwuide is not considered a game disqualification, though. So if Testuwuide gets another disqualification later this year, it will be considered his first, not second.
For those of you keeping score at home:

* Testwuide out Friday night

* Vossberg out Friday night

* No word on Marcuzzi who missed Saturday night with a concussion

* Ruegsegger out for at least 3-4 weeks

* Ryder out for season

* Trotter out forever


achsdu17 said...

We're almost going to look like the Avs.

Bill said...

I don't have a comment on this story, but I'm looking for some help, and you might be able to send me in the right direction.

I recall an NCAA hockey tournament game, in overtime, in which the winning goal was scored after the defenseman lost the puck coming out from behind his net when he was hooked down. The guy who did the hooking, jumped on the puck and scored. The referee was standing right there and, I'm guessing, decided he didn't want to call a penalty in OT. Unfortunately for the ref, the kid scored.

Do you or any of your readers recall this game? I know someone will say this happens all the time, but because it happened in the tournament, possibly the championship game, it stuck with me. I always wondered what happened to that ref.


Bill (bmarx@sportingnews.com)

dggoddard said...

Could it have been the 2002 NC OT game between Maine & Minnesota game?

Referee: Steve Piotrowski
Assistant Referees: John Laduke, Kevin Langseth

Official Stats: http://www.collegehockeystats

Article link & photo about overtime call.


If not, here's a list of every Frozen Four participant plus the Regional fields...


dggoddard said...

A poster over at USCHO.com mentioned...

"I don't think it was a national championship game, at least not one in the last 30 years or so. I recall most of the ot goals that won the championship since the late 70's and I don't remember one specifically like that.

How was the CC goal scored in the '96 semi against Vermont? That's one FF ot goal of recent vintage of which I have no recollection."

hunts wife said...

i love the wordind

UNDERCALLED the incident


= FKD UP the incident

bottom line the wcha needs to suspend hunt for a game for letting this get out of control.

Anonymous said...

That's a great photo, by the way. That twirp Radke taking his medicine.......

jhahn4 said...

Marcuzzi seemed ok in class yesterday but you never know whats going to happen come game time.