The Elite League Department of Player Safety has banned Braehead Clan forward Corey Cowick for six games for abuse of officials.
Cowick was handed a 10 minute personal misconduct penalty after bumping into the referee during Braehead's game in Manchester on Saturday night. After DOPS reviewed the video evidence and considered the referees report Cowick's penalty has been upgraded to match penalty for abuse of officials.
This penalty carries an automatic tariff of six games. Cowick will miss the following fixtures for the Clan:
Saturday 26th November Fife Flyers v Braehead Clan
Sunday 27th November Edinburgh V Braehead Clan
Saturday 3rd December Braehead Clan V Dundee Stars
Sunday 4th December Dundee Stars V Braehead Clan
Tuesday 8th December Braehead Clan V Nottingham Panthers
Saturday 10th December Braehead Clan V Edinburgh Capitals
Belfast Giants forward David Rutherford has been banned for two matches for checking to the head. The incident occurred during Sunday night's game in Sheffield. Rutherford was given an initial 5 + game penalty for checking to the head, which on review has been upgraded to a match penalty.
DOPS considered a number of points in its decision making process including the speed that Rutherford was travelling and the fact he had time to not make the hit. There was also an injury on the play.
There is no such thing as a clean hit to the head and with all of the above in mind Rutherford was given an additional game for a total of two match ban.
He will miss the following games for the Giants:
Friday 25th November 2016 Nottingham Panthers V Belfast Giants
Saturday 26th November 2016 Manchester Storm V Belfast Giants
The Fife Flyers requested a review following a check by Coventry Blaze forward Ross Venus. After considering the evidence of both the referees report and the video footage, Venus has been handed a match penalty for checking to the head.
This carries an automatic one match ban. In this case the onus was Venus to ensure that he hit his opponent cleanly, without causing injury. The impact of the collision forced the Fife players face into the plexi in a dangerous manner.
Venus will miss the following fixture:
Saturday 26th November 2016 Coventry Blaze V Cardiff Devils
There will be no further action taken on Edinburgh's Jaroslav Hertl following his 2+10 checking from behind penalty, which he received during Sunday night's game against Coventry.