Two more incidents from the weekend’s games have attracted the scrutiny of the KHL Disciplinary Committee. In the 55th minute of Sunday’s clash in Khanty-Mansiysk between Ugra and Metallurg Novokuznetsk, visiting defenseman Mikhail Kuklev earned a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) for checking to the head and neck area after injuring home forward Andrei Taratukhin. The Committee supported the official’s decision and has suspended Mikhail Kuklev for two games.
The Committee also reviewed the 24th-minute collision involving Nizhny Novgorod defenseman Vadim Khomitsky and Astana forward Dmitry Grents in Saturday’s game between Torpedo and Barys. The hit went unpunished by the officials, but after studying the evidence, the Committee found Khomitsky guilty of checking to the head and neck area and imposed a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) and a two-game suspension. As this is the player’s second 20-minute penalty of the current season, he receives an automatic one-game ban for repeat offending. Vadim Khomitsky is therefore suspended for three games.