A spate of incidents during a highly competitive resumption of play following the Eurotour break has provided plenty of work for the League’s justice department. The KHL Disciplinary Committee was called upon to review incidents from three of Thursday’s games, and as a result of the investigations no fewer than four players have been suspended.
Sibir forward Evgeny Artyukhin was given a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) for illegal use of the elbow during the home match against Torpedo. The Committee ruled that the foul should have been called as causing injury by checking to the head and neck area – a far more serious offense. Artyukhin’s penalty remains in place, but he also receives a fine and a three-game suspension.
Meanwhile, in Astana, where Barys hosted Slovan Bratislava, visiting forward Kyle Chipchura was sent off for the remainder of the match, also for injuring an opponent by checking to the head and neck area. The Committee upheld the referee’s decision to punish the player with a major plus game misconduct, but ruled that Chipchura’s foul merely merited a one-game ban and a fine. A mere nine minutes later, Chipchura was joined in the locker room by his Bratislava team-mate, defenseman Andrej Meszaros, who had earned a 5+20 minute penalty for slashing, Once again, the Committee supported the officials’ decision and imposed on Meszaros a fine and a one-game ban.
Finally, in Riga, Dinamo Riga forward Tim Sestito was the recipient of a major penalty (5 minutes) following a bout of fisticuffs with Amur’s Maxim Kondratyev This was the American’s second such penalty of the season, and as a repeat offender, he incurs an automatic fine and a one-game disqualification.