The KHL Disciplinary Committee has reviewed an episode from the 12th minute of Sunday’s Game 3 of the SKA vs. Dynamo series, which led to the Muscovites’ captain, Yury Babenko, being sent back to the locker room after using his stick to strike Petersburg forward Evgeny Ketov in the face. The Committee upheld the referee’s decision to punish the foul with a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) for injuring an opponent by checking to the head and neck area. As this is his second 20-minute penalty of the season, following an expulsion for kneeing in a match at Atlant in January, Yury Babenko incurs an automatic one-game suspension for repeat offending and must therefore miss tonight’s Game 4 in Moscow.

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