Saturday, April 25, 2015

Calgary's Virtanen suspended, coach fined . . . We've got video!

The Calgary Hitmen will be without F Jake Virtanen tonight for Game 2 of their WHL Eastern Conference final in Brandon against the Wheat Kings.
The Wheat Kings won the opener, 9-4, on Friday night.
The WHL revealed on its website Saturday morning that Virtanen has been slapped with a ‘tbd’ suspension for something that happened in Game 1.
The WHL didn’t provide much info, but speculation is that the suspension is for a hit on Brandon F Tanner Kaspick at 1:10 of the third period. Virtanen was penalized for charging on the play.
If you haven’t seen the hit, it’s right here.
Meanwhile, Calgary head coach Mark French has been fined $1,000.
French, in his first season as Calgary’s head coach, was ejected in the third period after banging on the boards with a stick, then tossing it onto the ice.
There is video of his 'grand performance' right here. In Brandon, coaches have to leave via the ice surface when they are moving from the bench to the dressing room. French almost did a pratfall as he was doing the walk of shame.

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