BANGOR, Maine — A University of Maine hockey player pleaded not guilty Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to one count each of assault and disorderly conduct in connection with an off-campus incident on April 26, according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office.
Ryan Lomberg, 19, of Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, was summoned but not arrested May 8, according to a previously published report.
The sophomore right wing was suspended from the hockey team and other UMaine activities pending the outcome of the investigation, Margaret Nagle, senior director of public relations and operations, said last month.
Lomberg would be able to attend classes until a hearing is completed, she said. That hearing is not expected to be held until after the criminal case is resolved.
Orono police began an investigation after a man came to the station April 27 and reported that he had been in an altercation with Lomberg the evening of April 26 at a Summer Street residence, Chief Josh Ewing said last month. Ewing said that the alleged altercation between Lomberg and the victim began over a previous dispute about a dog that belonged to a mutual acquaintance.
Ewing said last month that Lomberg allegedly knocked the man to the floor before kicking him in the face and midsection before he was pulled off. He added that the man suffered a broken nose and concussion before he went to Eastern Maine Medical Center on his own.
Information about Lomberg’s bail or when he is next due in court was not available late Thursday.
If convicted, Lomberg faces up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 on the disorderly conduct charge. On the assault charge, he faces up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. He also could be ordered to pay the victim restitution to cover hospital bills.
Lomberg, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound wing, scored 11 goals last season, third most on the team, and he also had seven assists in 34 games, according to a previously published report.
He tied with Jake Rutt for the most penalty minutes on the team with 40, and he was assessed a one-game suspension by the league for an elbowing incident against Merrimack on Feb. 15.
BDN writers Ryan McLaughlin and Larry Mahoney contributed to this report.