Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 2/11/12
The Minnesota Gophers' second-leading goal-scorer, Kyle Rau, was suspended today for one-game, due to a recent hit he put on Denver's Jason Zucker -- a Minnesota Wild prospect. Rau, a freshman from Eden Prairie, was dealt a one-game suspension by the Western Collegiate Hockey Association under the league's Supplementary Discipline Policy and Procedures. Rau, a 5-foot-8, 172-pound forward, caught the unsuspecting Zucker with a late hit near mid-game Friday, during an eventual 5-3 Gophers loss at Denver. At the time of the incident Friday, Rau was assessed a five-minute major penalty for boarding and a 10-minute game misconduct. Rau entered the weekend with 14 goals for the 19-10-1 Gophers. He will sit out tonight's game in Denver. Zucker, the WCHA's preseason player of the year, is a major point-producer for the Denver Pioneers. He was selected in the second round (59th overall) by the Minnesota Wild in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Zucker, a 5-11, 185-pound sophomore forward, received medical attention at length on the ice after Friday's hit. There is no current word on his health condition.
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