Russian to sit out three games, Polishuk one
Shipachyov was suspended for three games for a violation of the checking to the head and neck area against Finland’s Pekka Jormakka, who suffered a concussion, at 1:36 of the second period.
The Panel concluded that Shipachyov had sufficient time to choose the manner in which he was going to check his opponent and had no intention to play the puck. Although he was entitled for body-checking his opponent, he decided to perform an illegal hit with his right shoulder to Jormakka’s head following through with his upper arm.
The Panel believes that the appropriate call for this violation should have been a Match Penalty under IIHF Rule 540 b), and although the actions were unintentional, his check was careless and endangered the safety of his opponent, who was unconscious for four minutes after hitting the head and falling onto the ice.
Shipachyov will thus be suspended for Russia’s games against the United States (12th May), Kazakhstan (14th May) and Latvia (17th May).
Kazakh player Polishuk was suspended for one game for a high-sticking incidence against Belarusian player Sergei Kostitsyn.
The incident occurred at 13:32 of the second period. Polishuk proceeded to Kostitsyn and raised his stick to the chin and mouth area of his opponent. Kostitsyn was hurt and fell onto the ice before leaving to the player bench but suffered no visible injury.
The Panel believes that Polishuk used his stick intentionally in an intimidating and frustrating action that endangered the safety of his opponent and that a penalty for high sticking under the IIHF Rule 530 should have been assessed.Continue reading
Polishuk will be suspended for Kazakhstan’s next game against Latvia on 13th May.
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