ORONO, Maine — Six Orono High School hockey players have been suspended by the school for two weeks for an off-ice incident over the weekend, according to Orono coach Greg Hirsch.
The Red Riots beat Lawrence 4-3 on Monday with the depleted lineup, and will play four more games without the six players.
Hirsch said that the six players violated the school’s code of conduct for athletes. The school requires a two-week suspension if an athlete violates the school policy, so the team now has 11 players: six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies.
Hirsch is going to skate two lines and three defensemen during the duration of the suspensions, he said.
“Everybody is going to have to step up and do their roles,” said Hirsch.
He said they had been playing with three lines and at least four defensemen so “everybody we have available does have some game experience.”
Hirsch added that the team has been doing a lot of conditioning over the past week and a half.
Matt Cloutier scored all four goals against Lawrence and Mike Brown made 37 saves.
“This was a great team win. It was a proud win [due to the adversity],” said Hirsch, who never has lost this many players at one time to suspension in his 19 years at Orono.
Orono has won three straight to improve to 6-4, and will be without the six players for games against John Bapst of Bangor, Skowhegan, Houlton-Hodgdon and Hampden Academy.