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Penn State hockey: Big Ten suspends Lions defenseman Yanis for hit on Michigan State player

One of the top defensemen on the Penn State men’s hockey team will not be available this weekend.

The Big Ten Conference has suspended sophomore Mark Yanis for one game for a vicious hit in Saturday’s loss at Michigan State. Yanis delivered a hard check from behind on the Spartans’ Villiam Haag with 5:23 left in the 5-2 loss. The hit sent Haag head-first into the boards, and he had to be helped from the ice by the Michigan State training staff.

Yanis, who has three assists in 15 games this season, was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the incident.

He will miss Saturday’s 7 p.m. contest against No. 2 Boston College at Pegula Ice Arena.

The Big Ten issued a statement Wednesday announcing the suspension:

“The Big Ten Conference office announced (Wednesday) that Penn State hockey student-athlete Mark Yanis has been suspended for one game, under the conference’s supplemental discipline process, as a result of an incident that occurred in a game against Michigan State on January 18.

“The action was taken by the conference after a review of an incident that occurred near the 14:37 mark of the third period and resulted in the player receiving a major penalty for hitting from behind and a game misconduct. Yanis is ineligible to play in Penn State’s January 25 game against Boston College.

“The Big Ten Conference considers this matter concluded and will have no further comment.”