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World Juniors: Team Canada’s Lipon suspended one game by IIHF

Dec 29, 2012, 9:45 AM EST

Elmar Trautmann; J.C. Lipon AP

Team Canada is going to be a bit shorthanded in the big opening round game against Team USA on Sunday.

The IIHF suspended forward J.C. Lipon for one game thanks to an elbow he delivered to the head of Slovakian forward Tomas Mikus. While Mikus wasn’t hurt on the play, it appeared Lipon targeted his head while delivering a check. In international play, that’s a major no-no and he was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

Lipon joins teammate Boone Jenner in the press box for the game against Team USA as Jenner will be serving the final game of his three-game suspension. Jenner’s absence hasn’t stopped Canada from scoring goals so far at Worlds as they’ve potted 15 goals in two games, both regulation wins.

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