Three incidents from two of Sunday’s games in the Championship have attracted the scrutiny of the KHL Disciplinary Committee.
In the second minute of the game in Novokuznetsk between Metallurg and SKA, the referee sent Petersburg forward Vadim Shipachyov back to the locker room following a heavy hit by the boards on home defenseman Viktor Postnikov. After reviewing the available evidence, the Committee upheld the official’s decision to punish the challenge with a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) for boarding, resulting in injury to an opponent, and has suspended Shipachyov for one game.
The two other episodes took place during the game in Bratislava between Slovan and Medvescak Zagreb, and as with Shipachyov, both incidents resulted in the award of a major plus game misconduct penalty.
Bratislava defenseman Michal Sersen received his dismissal in the 12th minute after being judged guilty of slashing in a tussle with Zagreb forward Stefano Giliati. The Committee supported the referee’s decision and ruled that this foul also merited additional disciplinary action. Michal Sersen has therefore been suspended for one game.
The third incident took place in the 26th minute, when visiting forward Gilbert Brule was sent off for checking to the head and neck area in a strong challenge on home forward Rok Ticar. The Committee ruled the official’s decision to be entirely correct, but decided the offense did not call for any further punishment.