However, the WCHA felt differently.
He received that suspension Monday evening.
Here is the information from the league.
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association today (March 15, 2010) announced a one-game suspension to University of North Dakota hockey player Matt Frattin as a result of his actions in the March 13 game vs the University of Minnesota.
Frattin’s suspension was determined as a result of a review of the incident under the WCHA’s Supplementary Discipline Policy and Procedures.
Frattin will be required to serve this one-game suspension in his team’s next regularly scheduled game on Thursday, March 18 vs the University of Minnesota Duluth.
There is no excusing what Frattin did. He left his feet and delivered a violent blow to an opponent's head.
While he shouldn't have been allowed to continue in the game, it was good to see a five-minute major penalty handed out at the time, and the league is taking the right action. Playoff games are more valuable than regular-season games, and sitting an important North Dakota player for the Final Five play-in game should not be a message taken lightly by fans.
Frattin has nine goals and 12 points over the last ten games, where the Fighting Sioux are 9-1. He is a talented, fast, tenacious player who drives his team with his speed and ability to make the big hits. Unfortunately for him and the Sioux, his desire to make a big hit went too far Sunday night.
It's not the three-game ban Aaron Marvin got, but it's a reasonable decision given Frattin's lack of history and the fact that we are firmly in the playoffs now.