Fife Flyers forward TJ Caig has been hit with a two game ban after being thrown out of Sunday’s derby.
The first line forward was dismissed for boarding early in the first period of the overtime win against Edinburgh Capitals, and the match penalty meant an automatic one-game ban plus a review.
Now DOPS - the Department of Player Safety - has added a second game to his ban, meaning he will miss the return against Caps in Kirkcaldy on Saturday and the road trip to Cardiff Devils on Sunday.
DOPS reviewed video evidence of the hit and changed the call from boarding to checking from behind, and assessed him an extra one game ban because,, in their view, the situation was avoidable and his actions put an opposing player’s safety in danger.
The Caps player went off injured but returned to play his next shift and skated throughout the remainder of the game - and Caig’s tap on his pads as he left the ice indicated there was no malice or intent behind the check.