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Highly-touted Gophers rookie suspended by Big Ten

After receiving a five-minute major for cross checking, but not a game misconduct or disqualification, in the series opener versus Michigan, Logan Cooley learned on Friday afternoon that he would

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Minnesota forward Logan Cooley worked to win a race with North Dakota forward Jake Schmaltz in the first period of the non-conference game between the Golden Gophers and Fighting Hawks on Friday, October 21, 2022 at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis.
Matt Krohn / Gopher Sports

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – When Logan Cooley was called for a major cross checking penalty in the second period of Thursday’s 5-2 Minnesota Gophers win at Michigan, he skated off the rink and into the locker room, figuring his night was done.

Officials had to go get him, and return him to the penalty box to serve the five minutes, as the penalty called on the ice did not include a game misconduct or game disqualification. After his time was served (Michigan scored once on the extended power play), Cooley returned to the ice, assisted on the game-winning goal, and added a goal of his own in the third period.

But on Friday, not long before the Gophers headed to Yost Ice Arena for the rematch versus the Wolverines, they learned that Cooley would not be available for the game. The Big Ten announced a one-game supplemental suspension for Cooley, a freshman from Pittsburgh who was one of the most highly-touted rookies coming into this college hockey season.

On the play in question on Thursday, Cooley made contact with Wolverines senior forward Eric Ciccolini to the right of the Gophers’ net. Ciccolini went hard into the end boards and had to be helped from the ice. He returned to the game in the third period, but was unavailable for Friday’s series finale.

In his appearance on The Rink Live podcast earlier in the week, Big Ten officials coordinator Steve Piotrowski – who was in attendance at Thursday’s game – noted a rules change for this season where officials can call a major penalty without tacking on a misconduct or a disqualification. A player who is assessed a game misconduct must leave the rink and cannot play in the rest of that game. If a disqualification is assessed, the player misses the rest of the current game, and the following game.

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Jess Myers covers college hockey, as well as outdoors, general sports and travel, for The Rink Live and the Forum Communications family of publications. He came to FCC in 2018 after three decades of covering sports as a freelancer for a variety of publications, while working full time in politics and media relations. A native of Warroad, Minn. (the real Hockeytown USA), Myers has a degree in journalism/communications from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He lives in the Twin Cities. Contact Jess via email at jrmyers@forumcomm.com, or find him on Twitter via @JessRMyers. English speaker.
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