Two incidents from Friday’s games have attracted the scrutiny of the KHL Disciplinary Committee.
A mere two minutes after the opening face-off in the game in Chelyabinsk between Traktor and Atlant, the Moscow Region side’s forward, Evgeny Artyukhin, received a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) for injuring an opponent by kneeing. Having studied the episode, the Disciplinary Committee supported the referee’s decision and added a suspension of two games. As this was the player’s third game misconduct penalty of the season, he also incurs an automatic one-game ban. Evgeny Artyukhin is therefore disqualified for a total of three games.
In the 20th minute of the game in Ufa between Salavat Yulaev and Severstal, home forward Alexander Mereskin was handed a minor penalty after a knee-to-knee hit on Cherepovets forward Vadim Berdnikov. After receiving a request to review the incident, the Committee has upgraded the foul from one of kneeing (Rule 530a) to one of injuring an opponent by kneeing (Rule 530b), and has punished Mereskin with a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) plus an additional two-game ban.