Following a request from the Refereing Department, the KHL Disciplinary Committee has examined four incidents from Saturday's games in the Championship, and four players have been disqualified for 1-2 matches as a result.
Three of the incidents in question occurred during the match in Shanghai between Kunlun Red Star and Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg:
Game time – 15.18
After studying evidence presented before it, the Committee decided that Kunlun forward Brandon Yip was guilty of injuring an opponent by tripping, for which he receives a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes), a fine, and a one-game suspension.
As this is the player's second major plus game misconduct penalty of the current season, he incurs an automatic fine and one-game suspension for repeat offending. Brandon Yip is therefore banned for 2 games in total.
Game time – 48.38
The Committee then studied another incident which went unnoticed by the match officials. It involved Yip's fellow Kunlun forward, Andreas Thuresson, and he was also found guilty of the same foul, for which he receives an identical punishment - a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes), a fine, and a one-game suspension.
Game time – 51.03
The third episode from the game to come under scrutiny was yet another instance of a player tripping and injuring an opponent. In this case, the match referee took action and sent Avtomobilist forward Alexander Torchenyuk to the locker room for the remainder of the match.
After reviewing all the evidence, the Committee upheld the referee's decision. The major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) therefore remains in place, and Alexander Torchenyuk also receives a fine and a one-game suspension.
The fourth and final episode to be investigated occurred in the match in Yaroslavl between Lokomotiv and Avangard Omsk:
Game time – 23.30
As in Shanghai, this incident concerned a supected instance of a player escaping punishment after tripping and injuring an opponent. The Committee studied all the available evidence and ruled that Avangard forward Mikhail Fisenko had indeed committed such an offense. As a result, Fisenko has been handed a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes), a fine, and a one-game suspension.