Two episodes from Thursday’s game between Lev Prague and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod have come under the scrutiny of the KHL Disciplinary Committee.
The Committee ruled that the 49th-minute hit by Torpedo forward Vyacheslav Kulyomin on Lev captain Jiri Novotny constituted checking to the head and neck area, and as a result has banned Kulyomin for one game.
Immediately after this episode, a conflict erupted while players were jostling to take position for a face-off. Torpedo forward Wojtek Wolski aimed a blow with his stick at Lev defenseman Nathan Oystrick and was sent back to the locker room for spearing. The Committee studied this incident and redefined the foul as one of slashing. The punishment of a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) remains in place and Wolski has not incurred any additional disciplinary sanctions.
The Committee also studied an incident from the 7th minute of Thursday’s game in Bratislava between Slovan and Vityaz Moscow Region, concerning a hit by Slovan defenseman Michal Sersen (№8) on Vityaz captain forward Mike Iggulden by the boards, for which the game referee mistakenly penalized Tomas Mojzis (№6). After viewing the challenge, the Committee has rescinded the major plus game misconduct penalty handed to Mojzis for boarding, and imposed the same penalty (5+20 minutes) on Michal Sersen for checking from behind. As a result, Sersen must serve an additional two-game ban.