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UND hockey players cited for wrecking each other's stuff

By Archie Ingersoll

and Brad Schlossman

A former UND hockey player and a current one were arrested around 3 a.m. Tuesday, after a campus officer saw the men throwing cups, plates, a kitchen table and a lawnmower onto a Grand Forks street, UND Police Lt. Dan Lund said.

Joe Finley, 22, and Matt Frattin, 21, are both charged with disorderly conduct. In addition, Frattin faces a fleeing charge and Finley faces a charge of giving false information to officers. All the charges are misdemeanors.

Lund said Finley and Frattin were throwing objects from a residential garage on the 400 block of North Columbia Road, where one of the two men lives.

"It was their own property, so there was nobody's property that was damaged other than their own," Lund said. "They said they just kind of routinely destroy each other's stuff."

However, the pair managed to make a mess.

"There was glass from curb to curb from the dinnerware that they threw," Lund said.

He said the debris created a hazard that traffic had to be directed around. Luckily, a street cleaning crew happened to come by and clean it up, Lund said.

When first approached by police, Lund said, Finley ran around a house but stopped when officers told him to. Frattin ran into a home, not stopping when instructed to, and was consequently charged with fleeing, Lund said.

Police said Finley showed them a credit card with someone else's name on it. When asked if his name was the one on the card, Finley said it was, Lund said. At the jail Finley gave his real name.

Police said Finley told them somebody else gave him the credit card. Lund said police think the credit card belongs to a friend of Finley, but the matter is still under investigation.

Finley, a first-round draft pick of the Washington Capitals in 2005, played four seasons for the Sioux, scoring seven goals and adding 28 assists for 35 points in 154 games. He signed with Washington at the end of the season and participated in the team's development camp earlier this month.

Frattin, an Edmonton native, scored 13 goals and added 12 assists for 25 points in 42 games as a sophomore last season. He was the team's third-leading goal scorer and seventh-leading overall scorer.

No disciplinary action against Frattin was immediately announced by UND.