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Northern Michigan University hockey player Griffin Loughran suspended to open next season

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — It may not seem like a big deal now, but Northern Michigan University sophomore forward Griffin Loughran has been suspended for the Wildcats’ next NCAA Division I game.

Which will be at the beginning of next season.

The WCHA handed down the suspension on Monday for an incident that happened in NMU’s final game of its league playoff series vs. Michigan Tech played at the Berry Events Center on Saturday night.

During Northern’s 4-3 triple-overtime loss that gave MTU a 2-0 series victory, Loughran was cited for a stick infraction with one second to go in the second OT.

Loughran was assessed a two-minute minor penalty for slashing at the time.

While nearly all of the Huskies’ subsequent power play taking place in the third overtime, it didn’t relate directly to Tech’s winning goal, which came 2:42 after that power play expired.

The WCHA office noted that Loughran will be eligible to play again in the Wildcats’ second NCAA Division I game in the 2020-21 season.