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

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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