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Two Russians suspended

Two Russians suspended

Opening day without Shokhina, Sosina

Published 31.03.2017 04:46 GMT-4 | Author Martin Merk
Two Russians suspended
Both Anna Shokhina and Olga Sosina will miss out the first game following incidents during an exhibition game. Photo: Jeff Vinnick / HHOF-IIHF Images
Two Russian players will be suspended for the opening day of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship due to match penalties in an exhibition game.

Both Anna Shokhina and Olga Sosina received match penalties in their last exhibition game on 28 March against Switzerland in Ann Arbor. Sosina received a match penalty for kicking a player (IIHF Rule 152i) while Shokhina received a match penalty 69 seconds before the end of regulation time for tripping (IIHF Rule 159iii).

In accordance with the IIHF Disciplinary Code Art. 14.1.2 all disciplinary matters occurring during an exhibition game within seven days of an IIHF Championship must be dealt with by the chairperson of the directorate and in accordance with Art. 14.1.3 all match penalties are to be reviewed.

For both players it was decided not to impose further sanctions than the mandatory one-game suspension for a match penalty. In accordance with Art. 10.5.4 the suspension rendered during an exhibition game are served during the Championship immediately following the exhibition period meaning that both players will be suspended for Russia’s first game today against Finland and will be eligible to play in their team’s second game.


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