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Hockey East suspends Fraser one game, Cavanaugh says UConn "self destructed" on Friday
Hockey East suspended UConn forward Tristan Fraser for one game following his kneeing major in last night's game. Fraser will be unavailable tonight for the Huskies when they travel to Lawler Arena for the second game of a weekend home-and-home series.
Fraser's major was assessed after he hit Michael Citara in the neutral zone during the third period of last night's game.
“Tristan’s (penalty) was probably poor technique going into that," UConn coach Mike Cavanaugh said after the game. "He got himself in a bad position, and he was trying to finish his check. But you can't be reckless finishing your checks.”
Cavanaugh was frustrated with the Huskies penalties in the third period. On top of Fraser's penalty, captain Hudson Schandor tripped Ben Brar after a third-period goal and got sent to the box for unsportsmanlike conduct.
"We completely self-destructed, and that's on me,” Cavanaugh said. “I've got to coach a team that's disciplined, mentally strong — and not self-destruct at the end of a game. That's exactly what we did tonight, and that won't happen again.
“If you're gonna put your own selfish needs above the team, then you just won't play. I control ice time. I can't play the game, but I do control their ice time, and if we have guys that can't control their actions, (they won’t play).
“I have no issue with the referees tonight,” Cavanaugh added. “Zero.”