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U of A captain injured in on-ice fight

An on-ice attack during a game in B.C. has left the University of Alberta men's hockey team without its captain.

An on-ice attack during a game in B.C. has left the University of Alberta men's hockey team without its captain.

Golden Bears forward Eric Hunter suffered a concussion and facial cuts in a game on Friday against the British Columbia Thunderbirds.

Head coach Eric Thurston said it happened late in the second period during a skirmish with UBC's Mike Liambis.

"You know, he got tangled up with a player and then Eric skated away, and then the player ended up punching him on the side of the head, the side of the face. They fell to the ground," he said.

Thurston said it's not clear if Hunter will be able to play in the Canada West playoffs next weekend.

"First of all, we have to remember that these guys are students and they're studying for their future," he said.

"We want to make sure Eric is 100 per cent healthy before he gets back to any competition."

Liambis received a penalty and a two-game suspension for fighting. He sat out at a game on Saturday night, the Thunderbird's last game of the season.

Canada West men's hockey convenor Bill Seymour said the play is under review, to see whether further action will be taken.

In 2009, Liambis was suspended by the Ontario Hockey League for most of the season after he ran 16-year old Kitchener Ranger Ben Fanelli into the boards, fracturing his skull.