Maine Hockey Journal

Lomberg loses appeal of suspension

PORTLAND – Suspended University of Maine forward Ryan Lomberg lost his appeal of his year-and-a-half long suspension to UMaine President Susan Hunter on Thursday.

The loss of the suspension all but effectively ends Lomberg’s career with the Black Bears’ hockey team.

Lomberg declined a request for an interview by issuing a no comment, but his attorney Peter J. Cyr spoke with the Bangor Daily News about the loss of the appeal.

“Ryan was obviously disappointed,” Cyr told the Bangor Daily News. “He wanted to thank [head] coach Red Gendron, his teammates and the fans [for their support]. He really wanted to come back to Maine. He wanted to finish what he started, but he is not able to do that, and that is disappointing.”

Hunter did not hear the appeal directly as her designee Megan Sanders listened to the appeal and reported the findings back to Hunter, who made the final decision to not lift the suspension. Hunter cited that the suspension fit the punishment due to the extent of the victim’s injuries.

The University did not respond back to Maine Hockey Journal’s emails or phone calls seeking comment on the matter.

Lomberg, 19, from Richmond Hill, Ontario was suspended for an off campus altercation back on April 26 after he knocked down a 21-year-old male and kicked him in the midsection after getting into a dispute over a dog of a mutual female acquaintance.

Lomberg reached a plea agreement with the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office on Aug. 11 where he pled guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge and paid a $1,000 fine plus restitution.

The more severe charge of assault was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Lomberg was suspended for one year by David Fiacco, UMaine’s director for the office of community standards, rights and responsibilities, after the incident took place. He appealed that suspension to the code of conduct committee, which proved to be unsuccessful as the committee expanded the suspension to a year-and-a-half.

Maine head coach Red Gendron had proposed in a letter to the Hunter that Lomberg face a suspension for a half season and forfeiture of his scholarship money.

Lomberg’s future will now reside in the United States Hockey League where his rights are currently owned by Youngstown Phantoms, who acquired him in a trade last month from the Lincoln Stars in exchange for a Phase II second round draft pick and two other conditional draft picks.

It was the second time this summer that Lomberg’s USHL right’s had been traded. He was originally acquired by the Stars from the Muskegon Lumberjacks in exchange for a conditional 11th round pick in the 2015 Phase II Draft.

Lomberg last played in the USHL in 2011-’12 where he scored 22 goals, 18 assists for 40 points in 52 games with the Lumberjacks. Because the USHL is an amateur league, Lomberg will maintain his ability to play for another school as soon at the 2015-2016 season.

As a sophomore for the Black Bears, he finished last season with 11 goals, seven assists for 18 points in 34 games and was ranked third on the team in goals scored.

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