Four freshmen on the North Dakota hockey team will appear in court on Oct. 30 after being cited for underage drinking.
The charges stem from a team party on Sept. 15. Authorities got involved after a call for medical assistance. Drake Caggiula, one of the freshman, was taken to a hospital for possible alcohol poisoning.
The other freshmen facing charges are Jordan Schmaltz, Bryn Chyzyk and Zane Gothberg, a Minnesotan. Gothberg is a highly touted goalie from Thief River Falls.
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Seven players, including the team's captain and three assistant captains, were suspended for a game because of their roles in the party.
AIR FORCE FAVORED IN ITS LEAGUE
The Atlantic Hockey Association preseason coaches poll has been released. Air Force, the defending regular season and conference tournament champion, is picked to win the conference. The Falcons received eight of a possible 12 first-place votes.
The only AHA teams the Gophers play are Canisius and Air Force. They play Canisus on Oct. 28 at Mariucci Arena. Canisius is picked to finish ninth.
The Gophers play the Air Force, coached by Frank Serratore, the father of Gophers forward, Tom, on Dec. 29 in the Mariucci Classic.
The AHA coaches poll:
1. Air Force (8) 112
2. Niagara (3) 101
3. Mercyhurst 89
4. Bentley 87
Rochester Institute of Technology 87
6. Holy Cross 74
7. Connecticut 65
8. Robert Morris (1) 61
9. Canisius 38
10. Army 30
11. American International 20
12. Sacred Heart 19