Five incidents from three of Sunday’s Championship games have come under the scrutiny of the KHL Disciplinary Committee.
In the 37th minute of the game in Novosibirsk between Sibir and Atlant Moscow Region, home team forward Alexander Nesterov was sent off for the remainder of the game after he launched an illegal hit to the head of opposition defenseman Yaroslav Dyblenko. The Committee supports the referee’s decision to punish the foul with a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) for checking to the head and neck area, and Nesterov receives an additional two-game suspension.
The Committee also upheld the 38th-minute major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) handed to Atlant defenseman Sergei Shmelyov for spearing on Sibir’s Ivan Lekomtsev in the same game.
Two Dinamo Riga defensemen, Arvids Rekis and Georgijs Pujacs, received major plus game misconduct penalties (5+20 minutes) for checking to the head and neck area in two separate fouls on the same player, Nizhnekamsk forward Georgy Belousov. The Committee ruled that both decisions were correct, but that the foul by Pujacs merited an additional two-game ban.
The Committee also supported the decision to punish Lev Prague defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani with a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) for injuring an opponent by spearing, after Gragnani used his stick to strike Metallurg’s Evgeny Timkin in the face in the 20th minute of the game in Magnitogorsk.