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UND hockey player pleads not guilty in furniture throwing incident

Joe Finley

GRAND FORKS -- A former UND hockey player accused of throwing assorted objects onto a Grand Forks street and lying to campus police has pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and providing false information to officers.

Joe Finley's attorney, James Hovey of Grand Forks, filed the plea on his client's behalf in lieu of a hearing. Finley has a pretrial conference set for Oct. 1.

UND police reported that Finley, 22, and current Sioux player Matt Frattin, 21, threw dinnerware, a kitchen table and a red lawnmower into the street on July 21, creating a traffic hazard. Officers said Finley gave them a false name at the scene.

Both men bonded out of jail shortly after being arrested.

Frattin pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, and a charge of fleeing was dropped as part of a plea agreement. He received a sentence of 10 days suspended for a year, which he must serve on unsupervised probation.

UND has suspended Frattin, a junior forward, for at least two games, reduced his scholarship money and ordered him to attend counseling. Frattin will sit out the exhibition game against the University of Manitoba and the regular-season opener against Merrimack on Oct. 9.

Frattin, an Edmonton native and Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick, was the team's third-leading goal scorer.

Finley graduated in the spring and signed with the Washington Capitals. He'll likely start the season with Washington's American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears.