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ECAC Hockey reprimands Yale coach Allain (updates with Allan comment)

By Ken Schott
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Yale coach Keith Allain was reprimanded by ECAC Hockey on Thursday for conduct after the Bulldogs lost a 5-4 overtime decision to Clarkson on Sunday.

Allain received a game misconduct for going after referees Andy O'Brien and John Murphy following Sam Labrecque's game-winning power-play goal with 1:01 left in OT. The power play was given to Clarkson after the Yale bench was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct 19 seconds earlier.

According to a league press release, the reprimand "is in accordance with ECAC Hockey policies that prohibit coaches, student-athletes and institutional personnel from using abusive language or inappropriate conduct toward officials before, during or after a contest whether in public or private."

ECACH commissioner Steve Hagwell explained why he went with a reprimand instead of a suspension.

"Based on the information I received, and after discussions I had on the issue with various folks, after a long consideration, I felt like a reprimand was an appropriate punishment," Hagwell said.

Allain will be behind the bench when Yale hosts 12th-ranked Union on Friday. He told the New Haven Register's Chip Malafronte that he didn't agree with the league's decision.

"Obviously, I think we have a difference of opinion with the league on that," Allain said. "I feel, given what we had to endure in that hockey game, I showed an incredible amount of restraint after the game."

 
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