Erie Otters rookie RW Hayden Hodgson has been suspended for 10 games – the final seven games of this season and the opening three games of the 2013-14 season – for his five-minute interference penalty and game misconduct in Sunday’s loss to Kingston at Erie Insurance Arena.
The Otters already have two other players, defenseman Adam Pelech and forward Dane Fox, serving league-imposed suspensions. Pelech, who has been suspended twice this season, will serve the final two games of a five-game suspension this weekend. He was given a five-minute, cross-checking penalty and game misconduct Feb. 18 against London. Fox completes a two-game suspension by missing Friday’s home game against Plymouth. He was given a game misconduct for instigating a fight in the last five minutes of last Friday’s loss in Sarnia.
In related news, Kingston defenseman Ryan Hutchinson was issued a two-game suspension for a game misconduct stemming from a fight against Otters center Jake Evans Sunday. Hutchinson also kicked an Otters helmet across the ice and threw a chair in the runway while heading to the Frontenacs dressing room. Evans hasn’t received any additional penalties for another fight that led to his ejection in that same game.
- Victor Fernandes