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AHL hands out suspensions for weekend line brawl

Feb 18, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

You’ll recall two days ago a post about a third-period line brawl that broke out between the American Hockey League’s Adirondack Phantoms and Portland Pirates.  The two teams, totaled in the game, combined for 299 penalty minutes.

Well, the league has handed down six suspensions totaling 13 games on Tuesday. The Phantoms were hit especially hard by the supplementary discipline. Center Kris Newbury was suspended four games; goalie Cal Heeter suspended three games; left winger Zack FitzGerald suspended two games; Ben Holmstrom for one game and Tye McGinn suspended one game. For Portland, only Kyle Hagel was given a ban, which will last two games.

  1. upper90cheese - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    The pussifacation of our sport continues…

    • thailer35 - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      I’m all for fighting. I’m even for line brawls. But when two guys are matched up, and another two guys come flying in and start pounding on a guy three on one, it stops looking like a sport and starts looking like a MS 13 jump-in.

  2. orangeandblack67 - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Way to see our young guns keeping the Flyer blood line strong. Can’t wait ’till you guys return closer to home (Allentown).

    • sabatimus - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:01 AM

      I guess for you the definition of “Flyer blood” is “beat the crap out of the other team if you can’t win”.

      • shortsxit34 - Feb 19, 2014 at 6:51 PM

        It got Emery a 3rd star selection, can we be surprised?

    • joey4id - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:36 AM

      Yep! We should let players like McGinn pound the crap out of players who are unwilling to fight. Great example for our youth.

      • hockey412 - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:23 AM

        Normally McGinn just slams his own face off the boards to get the advantage…I’m not sure if this is a step in the right or wrong direction for him. I’m going with “wrong”.

    • hockey412 - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      Losing a game and sucking the credibility and honor of the sport into the toilet on their way out the door is how they are keeping the Flyer blood line strong?

      Yeah – ok nevermind I guess it’s consistent with the Flyer product, yeah. It’s cool they were nailed hard with suspensions though. And I guess it’s cool that this is what Philly likes to see, instead of actual hockey. Just hope no actual athletes were injured or anything.

  3. angrytwitterguy - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    The only guy who should be suspended is the goalie leaving the bench. As for the 3rd man in at 1:23, I blame the ref for not getting in earlier.

  4. broadstreetbeatdown - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Not quite sure why McGinn was suspended.

  5. smarshall3789 - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Really all those suspensions for that the only people who should of been suspended were the people who hopped the bench other then that it’s hockey if you don’t like it don’t play it

    • joey4id - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:40 AM

      I guess Sochi is a poor display of hockey, and you for one wouldn’t play if you had a chance because there is no fighting. What they are playing is clearly not hockey. Does that summarize your twisted logic?

    • hockey412 - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      That’s hockey?

      • thailer35 - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        Looked more like a back alley mugging if you ask me.

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