The Scottish Ice Hockey disciplinary panel has issued a suspension for an incident which occurred during last Saturday’s cup tie between Moray Typhoons and Aberdeen Lynx.
In the 48th minute of the game there was an altercation between Moray’s Maris Saulits and Jack Durkacz of Aberdeen.
As the players were heading towards the penalty bench Aberdeen’s Ross McIntosh approached Saulits from behind, discarded his gloves and stick and threw several punches to the face and neck area.
He made significant contact before the Moray player fell to the ice in a turtle position to protect himself. McIntosh continued to throw punches before the linesmen could adequately restrain him. At no time during the incident was Saulits in a position to defend himself.
Saulits was helped from the ice and did not return to the game. He was taken to hospital where he was found to have a broken nose and concussion.
McIntosh received a match penalty for roughing, but after a review of the incident this was upgraded to a match penalty for deliberate attempt to injure. This incurs an automatic six game suspension.
In addition, McIntosh has been banned for a further nine games, making it a 15 game suspension in total.
Scottish Ice Hockey wishes to make it clear that under no circumstances will it tolerate this type of behaviour – either on or off the ice.