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Published September 25, 2012, 06:53 PM

Details of UND Hockey Party Emerge; Include One Player Hospitalized

The call to UND police about a party this month that resulted in four UND hockey players cited for underage drinking and seven others — including the four team captains — suspended for one of the first two games came in as a request for medical assistance.

By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald

The call to UND police about a party this month that resulted in four UND hockey players cited for underage drinking and seven others — including the four team captains — suspended for one of the first two games came in as a request for medical assistance.

This week charges by Grand Forks County prosecutors were filed against four freshmen players cited for underage drinking, a Class B misdemeanor: Jordan Schmaltz, 18; Bryn Chyzyk, 19; Zane Gothberg, 20 and Drake Caggiula, 18.

All four are scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 30.

In her report, UND Police Officer Cheryl Sevigny said she received a call from the 911 dispatch about 8 p.m., Sept. 15, about “a highly intoxicated male subject passed out in room 102B Walsh Hall and the RAs were unable to wake him.”

Nicholas Garfield, the resident assistant in Walsh, made the 911 call, concerned about what he saw in his dorm.

Just as he was going on duty that evening, Garfield told the Herald, “I saw members of the hockey team being brought in.”

It was about 8 p.m., Sept. 15.

Freshman members of the hockey team live in Walsh Hall, Garfield said, and older team members were carrying in obviously intoxicated freshmen who could not walk on their own.

When he asked what was going on, Garfield said, “a few of the hockey members told me they have it taken care of and I should just go back to doing what I was doing.”

But he was concerned about the welfare of the freshmen and called 911, he said.

“In the process of making the call, I deemed it morally weird and unethical if I did not go and check on them, either way. It didn’t matter what they said.”

He’s confident he kept one or more of the freshmen from a possibly critical problem, Garfield said.

Officer Sevigny said in her report when she arrived at Walsh Hall on the call about the one intoxicated player, Garfield told her there also was “another highly intoxicated male subject passed out in room 202B Walsh.”

“I asked the RA which of the subjects was in worse condition and he mentioned the one in Room 102B.”

“Upon arriving to room 102B I noticed that there were two highly intoxicated male subjects passed out in that room.”

Garfield identified the players for her, Sevigny said.

Gothberg was passed out face down on the floor and Chyzyk, 19, was lying on the futon. Gothberg, who had a strong odor of alcohol, responded to a shake from Sevigny.

But Chyzyk did not, even though she “shook him, tapped his face and spoke to him,” Sevigny said. He had vomit on the front of his shirt.

“While I was trying to wake Chyzyk, someone mentioned that he had taken a lot of shots that night. I then used a pressure point behind his right ear, Chyzyk started to move and I asked Chyzyk to speak with me. Chyzyk then mumbled he’s sleeping and swung his arm at me.”

He finally sat up and told Sevigny he was fine and said he had “consumed about a half bottle of straight vodka,” she wrote in her report.

Altru paramedics showed up, checked Gothberg and determined he “would be fine to stay in his room.”

Chyzyk needed someone to watch him all night, the paramedics said, and his girlfriend told them she would keep an eye on both Chyzyk and Gothberg.

Caggiula meanwhile, was transported to Altru Hospital for possible alcohol poisoning, Sevigny said.

Garfield then told Sevigny they still were missing one of the freshmen carried into the dorm, Jordan Schmaltz, who apparently wasn’t in his room, 102B, where Chyzyk and Gothberg were found. After looking elsewhere, police learned Schmaltz, 18, had locked himself in the bathroom in 102B while Sevigny and paramedics were checking on Gothberg and Chyzyk.

Sevigny said by now she found Schmaltz passed out in his bed. She shook him, tried to wake him, but “Schmaltz had his eyes partially open and was unable to answer my questions.”

Paramedics checked him out. In slurred speech, he declined to go to Altru. A paramedic said he needed someone watching him overnight, and Chyzyk’s girlfriend said she could do it, since she was going to be watching the other two players in the same room.

Derek Forbort, a junior, and other older members of the team gathered in the hallway to find out what was happening, Sevigny said. Told that another officer was trying to call Athletic Director Brian Faison, Forbort asked why he “had to contact Faison.”

Forbort also said “it wasn’t an initiation party but a party that had gotten a little out of hand,” Sevigny wrote in her report.

Once Faison heard about the party, the four senior captains on the team – Andrew MacWilliam, Corban Knight, Danny Kristo and Carter Rowney - were suspended for the first game, Oct. 19, against Alaska Anchorage.

A few days later, it was announced that three sophomores – Connor Gaarder, Andrew Panzarella and Stephane Pattyn – all 21 or older will be suspended for the Oct. 20 game against Alaska Fairbanks. Both games, part of a tournament, will be played in Fairbanks.