NEWS: latest disciplinary decisions across the leagues
The EIHA Disciplinary panels for National Ice Hockey Legaue (NIHL), U20, U18 and Womens leagues have handed down their latest decisions.
In the NIHL six players have been suspended.
Phil Knight of Solihull Barons was assessed a Match penalty for spearing at Deeside on 22 January. He is suspended for two games with five penalty points on his record.
MK Thunder’s Luke Reynolds also received a Match for spearing, this in his side’s game with London Raiders on 29 January. He is suspended for two games with five penalty points on his record.
Ben Paynter of Oxford City Stars is suspended for a total of four games. He is banned for one game for unsportsmanlike conduct, while the five penalty points he receives take him over the 15-point threshold – this brings a further three game suspension.
Joe Greaves from Altrincham Aces was assessed a Match penalty for roughing and a Match penalty for abuse of official in his side’s match with Sheffield Senators on 29 January. The player is suspended for two games for roughing, one game for abuse of official and has five penalty points for each Match penalty. This takes him over the 10- and 15-point threshold meaning a further five games under the totting up process. This is a total suspension of eight games.
Blackburn Hawks had two players ejected from their NIHL North Cup match with Solway Sharks on 11 February. Oliver Lomax picked up a Match for roughing and TWO Match penalties for abuse of official. Richard Bentham received a Match penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Lomax is suspended for a total of ten games. One game for roughing, two games for each of the abuse of official penalties. The penalty points awarded take the player beyond the 10- and 15-point threshold bringing a further five games under the totting up process. [two games for 10 points, three games for 15 points].
Bentham is suspended for one match for the original offence with five penalty points. This takes him over the 1o-point threshold and so he is suspended for a further two games giving a total suspension of three games.
The U18 league has two suspensions to announce.
Cameron Akers of Sutton has been suspended for two games and given five penalty points for his boarding penalty on 29 January. Nottingham’s Owen Davis is also suspended for two games with five penalty points – this for fighting in his game on 29 January.
In the U20 league there is one very lenghty suspension with three further offences also penalised.
Lewis Openshaw of Deeside was given 10+game+Match for abuse of official during his side’s game with Grimsby on 28 January. The penalty points awarded take the player beyond the 10- and 15-point threshold so there is an initial suspension of five games (2+3). Once the five games have been served, the player is suspended for a further period of 12 months due to the nature of the physical and verbal abuse of the match officials.
Also in the U20 league, Solihull’s Emma Ellison (obscene gesture) and Kristap Lejins (boarding) were given Match penalties in the game with Nottingham on 22 January. Ellison is suspended for one game, Lejins is suspended for two games. Both players receive five penalty points.
Kingston’s Sam Warnock was given a Match for head-butting on 29 January against Sheffield. He is suspended for two games with five penalty points added to his record.
Finally in the Women’s League, a Womens Division 1 North Cup match between Billingham Wildcats and Sheffield Shadows featured 191 penalty minutes and no fewer than five Match penalties for fighting. Billingham’s Sarah Jackson and Stephanie Box along with Sheffield’s Ally Ronksley, Lorna Otter and Lucy Copley all receive a two-game suspension with five penalty points added to their record.
A full list of the disciplinary decisions from this season can be found on the Discipline Page of the EIHA website.