Gostisbehere suspended for Team USA's WJC quarterfinal game (updates with IIHF statement)
Team USA won't have defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere for its World Junior Hockey Championships quarterfinal game against the Czech Republic at 4 a.m. Wednesday.
The Union sophomore defenseman was suspended Tuesday for his major slashing penalty against Slovakia's Matus Matis late in the first period of Monday's 9-3 win. Gostisbehere was also given a game misconduct for his slash, which was n the groin area. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) committee thought the suspension was warranted.
The following is the announcement of the suspension on the IIHF website: "Upon review of the situation, the IIHF Disciplinary Panel determined that the U.S. defenseman skated up behind Slovakia’s Matus Matis and forcefully drove his stick between Matis’ legs, striking him in the groin area. Matis fell to the ice, injured on the play, but he did return.
"Gostisbehere was assessed a major penalty plus game misconduct under rule 537b. The Disciplinary Panel deemed the action to be reckless. For this the player has to be held accountable.
"Based on the received verbal Referee Supervisor report, the written Referees' report, the video material, and the above-mentioned facts and after consultation amongst the Disciplinary Panel, it came to the conclusion that the action was not only dangerous to the safety of the opposing player but also unnecessary and avoidable.
"Following a hearing with the player, the Disciplinary Panel's unanimous decision was to hand out a one-game suspension."
I have requested a comment from Team USA about the suspension, but a spokesmen said there probably won't be one.
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