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BU hockey coach Albie O’Connell suspended one game

Boston MA 10/09/18 Boston University new men's hockey coach Albie O'Connell during practice at Agganis Arena. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:
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Boston University hockey coach Albie O'Connell.

Boston University hockey coach Albie O’Connell has been suspended one game for his behavior following Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Massachusetts. He will miss Friday’s home game against Vermont.

The suspension was handed down by Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna.

“My postgame conduct on Saturday was regrettable and I will learn from this mistake.” O’Connell said in a statement. “I respect the decision of Commissioner Bertagna and I am certainly apologetic for my actions.”

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The Terriers were coming off perhaps their biggest win of the season, a 4-3 victory over No. 5 UMass Friday night at Agganis Arena. In the rematch Saturday night in Amherst, the teams entered the third period tied, 1-1, before the Minutemen erupted for three goals in the final 10 minutes to avoid a sweep.

“We have high standards regarding the conduct of our coaches, and when they are not met, it’s important to properly address the situation,” said BU athltic director Drew Marrochello. “We fully support Commissioner Bertagna’s decision.”

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