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B's Prospect Rob O'Gara Suspended by ECAC

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Yale University defenseman and Bruins prospect Rob O'Gara has been suspended by the ECAC for a headshot in last weekend's game against Harvard. Because he received a game misconduct he was automatically ineligible for one game, but the ECAC opted to enact supplementary discipline, bumping the suspension to two games. I believe Jashvina Shah reported it first.

The incident was referenced in this week's prospects roundup, but here's more detail from Jake Meagher of The Crimson:

The two sides were locked in a physical battle right from the start, and tensions finally boiled over with a little over 13 minutes remaining. After Yale blue-liner Rob O'Gara pulled down junior forward Tyler Moy deep in the corner, second-line center Sean Malone retaliated.

Malone hammered O'Gara into the boards, but the officials missed the call as play rolled on with the Bulldogs' star defenseman on the ground. Once he finally returned to his feet, O'Gara gave Malone a shove, then leveled the Buffalo Sabres draft pick with a cross-check to the head.

The hit led to a bit of a frenzy, as Moy shoved O'Gara before going after Wilson a few seconds later. The referees handed O'Gara a five-minute major and a game misconduct, while Moy also received a two-minute minor for roughing.

This was very much out of character for O'Gara whose previous career high in penalty minutes was 32 (in 37 games played). In fact, he practically doubled his season total PIM this weekend with two on Friday and the 17 on Saturday.

A senior, O'Gara has one goal and seven assists in 23 games played this year. The former national champion is a reigning All-American and was named the ECAC's Best Defensive Defenseman last year. The Bruins selected him with the last pick of the fifth round in the 2011 draft.