The KHL Disciplinary Committee was called into action to study several incidents from Wednesday’s games in the Championship, and as a result, no fewer than four players have been given suspensions The first episode occurred in the 18th minute of the game in Novosibirsk between Sibir and Vityaz, when home defenseman Sergei Gimayev was given a minor penalty (2 minutes) for interference.
After studying the evidence, the Committee found Gimayev guilty of checking to the head or neck area, and consequently, has replaced the minor penalty with a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes). Due to the serious nature of the foul, Sergei Gimayev is also suspended for two games.
The Committee then followed a request to investigate the actions of Severstal defenseman Andrei Shefer in the penultimate minute of the game against Jokerit in Cherepovets.
The incident in question passed unnoticed by the officials, but video footage clearly shows Andrei Shefer slashing an opponent, and for this he receives a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) and a one-game suspension.
The third episode under scrutiny was the outbreak of hostilities between forwards Artyom Gareyev (Avtomobilist) and Nikolai Prokhorkin (Salavat Yulaev) in the 54th minute of the game in Yekaterinburg, and for which both players were sent to the locker room.
For the Ufa man, however, the major plus game misconduct penalty he received for being the instigator of the brawl comprised his second 5-minute and his second 20-minute penalties of the current campaign, each of which incurs a mandatory one-game suspension for repeat offending. Prokhorkin is therefore banned for two games.
Finally, attention focused on the game in Nizhny Novgorod, where Torpedo was hosting Spartak. In the 49th minute, Moscow forward Grigory Shafigulin earned a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) for kneeing.
The Committee upheld the referee’s decision and deemed the foul serious enough to warrant a one-game suspension. As this was the player’s second 20-minute penalty of the season, he also incurs an automatic one-game ban for repeat offending. Thus, Grigory Shafigulin has been suspended for two games.