It's a mixed bag of good and bad news today for the Seawolves. The WCHA announced it's players of the week and Tad Kozun got the nod as Rookie of the Week for the league. The WCHA also announced that Brett Cameron is suspended for one game for his hit on Wisconsin's Tim Davison. Both of Kozun's goals and the Cameron hit can be viewed on the previous post here.
Kozun had a excellent debut weekend with his 2 goal and 1 assist weekend performance. He was named to the All-Tournament team also. Congratulations to Tad on winning this award for his first two regular season games. I hope we all get used to seeing Tad's picture here on the blog in upcoming weeks when the WCHA announces it's POTWs.
I've heard a lot of comments about Cameron's hit from a range of sources. I'm of the opinion that there was certainly no malicious intent. Brett threw what would have been considered a real solid hit had the circumstances been slightly different; but Davison's size comes into play (he is 5ft 10in and Cameron is 6ft 3in) as well as his position with the puck in the corner. With his head down and turning he was a bit vulnerable. It's understandable that he got a 5 minute major for the play.
I don't think it's unreasonable for me to say that had Davison popped back up from the hit and continued to play that we wouldn't see Brett receiving this supplemental suspension. Like it or not the resultant injury (from clean hits or malicious ones) or lack of injury has an influence on subjective assessments from league officials.
Cameron won't be in the line-up this Friday versus Penn State at the Brice Tournament in Fairbanks.
Here's the text from the league's announcement:
EDINA, Minn. – Oct. 13, 2014 – The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) league office today announced a one-game suspension for University of Alaska Anchorage senior forward Brett Cameron, effective for the Seawolves' next NCAA Division I contest.
The suspension is a result of Cameron's game misconduct infraction for contact to the head of a Wisconsin player, which occurred during the third period of UAA's game of Saturday, Oct. 11.
Alaska Anchorage's next scheduled game is Friday, Oct. 17 vs. Penn State in Fairbanks, part of the Alaska Gold Rush. Cameron would be eligible to return for the Seawolves' Saturday, Oct. 18 contest vs. Air Force in Fairbanks.