OH LOOK ANOTHER WISCONSIN PLAYER HAS BEEN SUSPENDED BY THE BIG TEN FOR A DIRTY HIT.
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference office announced today that Wisconsin hockey player Jedd Soleway has been suspended for one game, under the conference’s supplemental discipline process, as a result of an incident that occurred in a game against Minnesota on March 11.
The action was taken by the conference after a review of an incident that occurred near the 19:28 mark of the first period and resulted in the player receiving a major penalty for hitting from behind and a game misconduct. Soleway is ineligible to play in Wisconsin’s next game tonight against Minnesota.
The Big Ten Conference considers this matter concluded and will have no further comment.
The only surprising thing about this is that Eddie Wittchow wasn't involved. Soleway is the third Badger to be suspended for misconduct against the Gophers this season and the 5th to be suspended in Minnesota's last 6 games against Wisconsin. The weekend series in Madison earlier this year included suspensions for Aidan Cavallini and Eddie Wittchow:
Cavallini. who has an assist in 11 games this season was given a one-game suspension for his first period check from behind on Minnesota freshman Tommy Novak. The hit incurred a five minute major for the Badgers, already trailing 3-0 at the time, and game misconduct for Cavallini.
Wittchow will miss Wisconsin's next three games - a two-game home series against Alaska January 29-30 and a home game against Michigan February 12th - for his third period open-ice hit on Novak with 15:46 remaining.
Wittchow was given a five minute major for contact to the head and a game disqualification, meaning he was already slated to miss at least one game. It's the second game DQ Wittchow has received against the Gophers. The Burnsville, MN native was given one at the end of a game last season that began with a similar hit on Minnesota's Leon Bristedt.
Should Mike Eaves' merry band of fools add to their suspension number tonight, I will be shocked. Simply SHOCKED I tell you!