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World Juniors: IIHF suspends USA’s Gostisbehere, Russia’s Nichushkin

Jan 1, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

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Team USA’s Shayne Gostisbehere and Russia’s Valeri Nichushkin are ineligible to play in the quarterfinals due to separate IIHF rulings. Both players will still be allowed to participate in the semifinals, provided their respective countries win on Wednesday.

Gostisbehere is being suspended for approaching Slovakia’s Matus Matis from behind during the first period of Monday’s contest and striking him between the legs with his stick. The Margate, Florida native was handed a five-minute slashing major and game misconduct for his actions.

Matis was injured on the play, but returned before the end of America’s 9-3 victory.

During the first period of Russia’s 4-1 loss to Canada on Monday, Nichushkin smashed Tyler Wotherspoon into the boards from behind. After the initial contact, Nichushkin’s arms continued to move upward and forward, which caused Wotherspoon’s face to smash into the glass and boards.

Nichushkin was given five minutes for checking from behind and also handed a game misconduct. Wotherspoon temporarily left the game, but was able to return before its conclusion.

Russia will play Switzerland on Wednesday, with the winner of that contest set to compete against Sweden in the semifinals. The United States is scheduled to face the Czech Republic on Wednesday and the winner will challenge Canada.

  1. goalieguy37 - Jan 1, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    was wotherspoon allright? I’m a winterhawks fan…

    • Ryan Dadoun - Jan 1, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      He was eventually able to return and participate in the remainder of the game. I edited the post to include that information.

      • goalieguy37 - Jan 1, 2013 at 4:25 PM


  2. murtdurt - Jan 1, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Wow sounds like some ‘dirty’ teams

  3. boisehockeyref - Jan 1, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    I saw the chop to the groin. It was a dirty play, and suspension is correct. I have worked junior games as a ref and a linesman. Major plus game misconduct completely the right call.

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