The KHL Disciplinary Committee was called upon to review a number of episodes from Friday’s matches in the Championship, and as a result, no fewer than four players and one head coach have received bans ranging from one to three games.
Three of the incidents took place during the match in Omsk between Avangard and Dinamo Minsk.
In the 29th minute, visiting forward Matt Ellison was given a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) for causing injury by checking to the head and neck area. After reviewing the evidence, the Committee supported the referee’s decision, and as a result, Ellison has been fined and suspended for three games.
The Committee also upheld the match officials’ decision in the 33rd minute to impose a game misconduct penalty (20 minutes) on Avangard head coach Fyodor Kanareikin for abuse of officials and unsporting behavior. For this, Mr. Kanareikin receives a fine and a one-game suspension.
The Committee then investigated an episode which occurred in the 46th minute, namely a hit by Minsk defenseman Kirill Gotovets which went unpunished by the match officials. Having studied the incident, the Committee judged Gotovets guilty of injuring an opponent by boarding, for which he receives a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes), a fine, and a two-game suspension.
Meanwhile, in Astana, with only two seconds remaining of the match between Barys and Traktor Chelyabinsk, home forward Brandon Bochenski amassed 50 minutes of penalties, including two game misconduct (20 minutes) penalties, thereby earning an automatic one-game suspension.
Finally, Ugra forward Anton Kuryanov picked up a minor plus misconduct penalty (2+10 minutes) for checking to the head and neck area in the 11th minute of the Khanty-Mansiysk men’s match against Admiral in Vladivostok. This was his third 10-minute penalty of the current campaign, and consequently, Kuryanov has been fined and is automatically suspended for one game.