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Bulldogs' Kaiser suspended by NCHC for Saturday's game against Wisconsin

Minnesota Duluth junior defenseman Wyatt Kaiser received a one-game suspension for his high-sticking major penalty during the third period of Friday's game.

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Minnesota Duluth defenseman Wyatt Kaiser (5) shoots the puck against Minnesota State on Oct. 15 in Mankato.
Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune

DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth junior defenseman Wyatt Kaiser has been suspended for the Bulldogs' rematch with Wisconsin at 6:07 p.m. Saturday at Amsoil Arena.

The NCHC handed down the one-game suspension to Kaiser for his high-sticking major penalty and game misconduct that less than four minutes into the third period of a 5-2 loss to the Badgers on Friday at Amsoil Arena. Wisconsin junior wing Ty Smilanic scored on the five-minute power play to put UMD down 4-2.

Wisconsin wins its first game in five tries this season as it returns to Duluth for the first time since 2012.

Kaiser was initially assessed a minor penalty on the play as he and Wisconsin fifth-year senior Jack Gorniak chased a puck past the UMD net into the corner. As the two players approached the wall, Kaiser spun with his stick in the air. The blade of his stick struck Gorniak in the face.

Wisconsin coach Tony Granato challenged the call of a minor penalty on the ice, saying it should have been a major penalty. He won the challenge after a lengthy video review.

In five games this season, Kaiser has one point — an assist — and a plus-1 rating. He averages 20 minutes, 59 seconds of ice time a game — playing on both the power play and penalty kill — to rank second in average ice time per game among UMD defensemen behind fifth-year senior Derek Daschke.


Co-host of the Bulldog Insider Podcast and college hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune and The Rink Live covering the Minnesota Duluth men's and women's hockey programs.
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