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Published September 22, 2012, 04:03 PM

UND suspends more players for opener

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The University of North Dakota has suspended four players of the hockey team for underage drinking at a team party.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The University of North Dakota has suspended four players of the hockey team for underage drinking at a team party.

Assistant state's attorney David Jones tells the Grand Forks Herald that the four players will be charged with underage drinking on Monday. Their names have not been released.

The school announced earlier in the week the suspensions of captain Andrew MacWilliam and assistant captains Corban Knight, Danny Kristo and Carter Rowney for violating team rules, stemming from their behavior at the party on Sept. 15. Those players are at least 21 years old.

UND opens the season on Oct. 19 against Alaska Anchorage. UND will only have 17 players available for the opening game, or one less than what's used to fill out a full lineup.

Sophomores Connor Gaarder, Andrew Panzarella and Stephane Pattyn — all of whom are at least 21 years old — also have been suspended for UND's Oct. 20 regular-season game against Alaska Fairbanks, the team's second game of the season.

UND also announced an additional one-game suspensions to Kristo and sophomore forward Brendan O'Donnell for violating athletic department policy unrelated to the team party.

When the first suspensions were announced earlier in the week, UND said the entire team would be placed on probation, and further violations could result in reduction of scholarship money, suspensions or expulsion from the program.

The school also said the team will have weekly alcohol awareness meetings.

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