The KHL Disciplinary Committee has reviewed an incident which occurred during overtime in Wednesday’s game in Moscow between Dynamo and Avtomobilist, when home defenseman Filip Novak was handed a match penalty (25 minutes).

The Committee upholds the referee’s decision and notes that this kind of offence carries a mandatory ban of five matches. Director of the KHL Refereeing Department, Alexander Polyakov, made the following statement clarifying the rules concerning this particular episode:

“The referee found himself in the wrong position and prevented Novak from taking possession of the puck. The player barged the official to move him out of the way, which is in accordance with the rules, but Novak followed up by striking the referee in the midriff with his stick, earning himself a match penalty. We note that this is the second incident of its kind to involve this particular player, and the match penalty was entirely correct.”

The Committee also upheld the major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) handed on the same day to Vityaz forward Trevor Gillies, judged guilty of spearing during an altercation with Lev forward Michal Birner.

As a repeat offender, Gillies is banned for one game.

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