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UND punishes hockey player for disorderly conduct arrest

Matt Frattin

UND came down on junior forward Matt Frattin on Wednesday, announcing a minimum two-game suspension, reducing his scholarship money and ordering him to attend counseling following his arrest for disorderly conduct early Tuesday morning.

Frattin will sit out the exhibition game against the University of Manitoba and the regular-season opener against Merrimack on Oct. 9.

"From my standpoint, the consequences are serious, but fair," UND coach Dave Hakstol said. "We have very high expectations of our guys both on the ice and in the community and a lot of thought was put into this issue.

"It's not a good thing for Matt and it's not a good thing for our team and program. In saying that, what's done is done. The consequences are in place. We're going to move forward. I know that Matt Frattin is going to work real hard to regain some of the respect that maybe has been wasted away over the last couple of days. Nobody feels worse than he does and he'll work very hard to regain proper stature."

The school announced the punishment one day after the incident.

Frattin was arrested along with former Sioux hockey player Joe Finley at about 3 a.m. Tuesday after campus police saw the pair throwing objects -- cups, plates, a kitchen table and a lawnmower -- from a residential garage on the 400 block of North Columbia Road, where one of the two lives.

When approached by police, Frattin ran and was charged with fleeing. Finley gave a false name and was charged with giving false information to officers.

Police said the only property destroyed belonged to Frattin and Finley. A street cleaning crew cleaned it up quickly. The players told cops that they "routinely destroy each other's stuff," police said.

"It's disappointing. That's the singular word I can use," Hakstol said. "The vast majority of our guys are here, going to school, training and getting prepared for the season. Ninety-nine percent of our guys have had great summers -- not good summers, great summers. And this really sheds a negative cloud over the top of it."

Frattin, an Edmonton native and Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick, was the team's third-leading goal scorer last season with 13 tallies. He was the seventh-leading overall scorer.

Finley graduated in the spring and signed with the Washington Capitals, the team that drafted him in the first round in 2005. Finley will likely start the season with Washington's American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears.