Stars player two-game ban for high stick

Justin Faryna has been banned for two games (Pic: Steve Gunn)
Justin Faryna has been banned for two games (Pic: Steve Gunn)

Dundee Stars forward Justin Faryna has been handed a two-match suspension after a stick incident in the game against Fife Flyers.

He caught defenceman Phil Paquet in the face with the blade of his stick after a brief shoving match on the plexi.

Now the Department of Player Safety (DOPS) has reviewed his actions, and hit him with a two-game suspension.

DOPS upgraded his initial 2+2 penalty for high sticks to a match penalty for slashing.

That carries an automatic one-game ban - and they doubled it to two, meaning he is out of this weekend’s action.

In DOPS verdict, it stated that the Stars player ‘‘used his stick to strike an opponent on head and neck area. This is a dangerous play which could have caused serious injury. A player should be in control of his stick at all times.’’

Faryna will miss Stars’ game in Sheffield on Saturday and the visit of Fife Flyers on Sunday unless the club launches a successful appeal against the extra game suspension.