Michigan State sophomore Corey Tropp has been suspended for the remainder of the season after his Saturday night slashing major on Michigan's Steve Kampfer. Teammate Andrew Conboy was also ordered to shut it down for giving Kampfer a clothesline punch from behind just before Tropp went Hanson on the fallen defenseman. A product of the Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL), Tropp had three goals and 11 points in 21 games this season. He missed five games due to mono in December, a situation that certainly contributed to what appears to be the worst Michigan State hockey club since they joined the CCHA in 1981.
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said he and Comley agree what the Spartans players did "were spontaneous, emotional actions carried out during a highly competitive game." "But their actions were completely inappropriate and reflect poorly on our program," Hollis added. Michigan coach Red Berenson said, "I think it's in good hands. The system will work. It's just a bad mistake."