Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward Julien Pelletier has been suspended three games by the QMJHL for an incident involving Saint John’s Adam Bateman during Thursday’s game.
This is the league’s rational for the suspension:
- There was a faceoff to the left of the Saint John goaltender that was won by the Sea Dogs centre man.
- The defenseman on the boards recovered the puck and headed towards behind the net.
- He shot the puck around the board towards his right-winger.
- As soon as the puck left his stick, the player at fault hit him against the boards and at the end of the contact, knocked over his opponent.
- The player used his leg and right arm to knock his opponent backwards.
- The player at fault didn’t have to make this dangerous gesture.
- His opponent fell head first into the boards. He was cut and suffered a concussion.
- This was the first offense of the player at fault.
Bateman did not play in Saturday’s game.
In other news…
- The Sea Dogs, with an 11-3-0-3 record, are the only Maritimes Division team in the top eight of the league standings.
- Saint John is the only team in the QMJHL without a regulation time loss at home this season with an 8-0-0-2 record at Harbour Station. They are also the only team in the Maritimes with a .500 or better road record.
- The team plays their next five games on the road. This will be an interesting stretch. They return home on Nov. 21 to host the Shawinigan Cataractes.
- The Dogs are in Bathurst on Wednesday and in Halifax on Friday. Friday’s contest will be the Mooseheads’ annual DND Appreciation Night.
- Buzzing the Net named the Sea Dogs this week’s hot team in the QMJHL.
- At the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Luke Green’s Team White fell 5-1 to Finland in their opening game yesterday.