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Michigan Hockey: Michael Downing Suspended By Big Ten Conference

Another one of the league's "questionable" hitters gets slapped with a one game suspension before facing Minnesota in the Big Ten Title game tonight.

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If I were to tell you that Michigan defenseman Michael Downing was being suspended by the Big Ten would you be even remotely surprised?

Big Ten Announces Suspension of Michigan Hockey Player

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Big Ten Conference office announced today that Michigan hockey player Michael Downing 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 Penn State on March 18.

The action was taken by the conference after a review of an incident that occurred near the 18:53 mark of the second period and resulted in the player receiving a major penalty for contact to the head and a game misconduct. Downing is ineligible to play in Michigan’s next game tonight against Minnesota.

The Big Ten Conference considers this matter concluded and will have no further comment.

You might recall our friend Michael from this hit on Connor Reilly, for which he received a two game suspension from the Big Ten.

So am I surprised that Michael Downing might pick up a suspension prior to a critical game? No, I am not.