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Bemidji State's Marinaccio gets one-game suspension from WCHA

MADISON, Wis. -- There’s never perfect timing for a suspension, but the BSU men’s hockey team might count itself lucky for that of Phillip Marinaccio’s.

The Beavers will be without Marinaccio’s services for their Friday, Jan. 3 game against Northern Michigan, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Wednesday. The freshman forward garnered his one-game suspension as a result of his actions in the Dec. 14 game against Alaska.

Marinaccio's suspension was determined after a review by the league office of an illegal check at the 17 minute, 6 second, mark of the third period and comes under the WCHA's Supplementary Discipline Policy and Procedures. He was assessed a 5-minute major for spearing and a 10-minute game misconduct at the time of the incident.

BSU was down to just 11 healthy forwards in their previous two series after injuries to Matt Hartmann, Charlie O’Connor and Nate Arentz; but because Marinaccio’s suspension doesn’t begin until after the two-week holiday break it gives the Beavers a better chance for more forwards to be healthy before the season resumes Jan. 3-4.

The Beavers are currently 5-9-6 overall and are tied for third place in the WCHA with 14 points and a 5-5-4 record.

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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