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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

WHL hands down fines, suspensions


Last Saturday's heated contest between the Kamloops Blazers and the Prince George Cougars resulted in two line-brawls in the last 1:12 of the game. With the game well in hand - the Blazers led and went on to win the game, 4-1 - the two teams squared off in a series of tussels that even included the two goaltenders.

At one point during the fiasco, the two head coaches got into it at the benches. The Blazer's coach Mark Ferner and the Cougar's coach Lane Lambert were slinging verbal insults as they came face to face at the benches and later under the stands. Ferner was upset that the Cougars were intent on taking out their furstrations by instigating several last-minute scraps.

When the smoke cleared, the referee obviously agreed with Ferner as the Cougars were slapped with 4 instigator penalties and a total of 141 minutes in penalties. The Blazers came out with 81 penalty minutes.

The WHL did not hesitate to come down hard - especially on the Cougars. Here's a look at the league's discipline:

  • The Kamloops Blazers have been fined $250.00 for a game misconduct to head coach Mark Ferner at Prince George on December 18.

  • The Kamloops Blazers have been fined $250.00 for their goaltender being involved in a fight at Prince George on December 18.

  • Prince George Cougars head coach Lane Lambert has been suspended for two games and fined $1000.00 for the actions of the Prince George players late in the game versus Kamloops on December 18.

  • Josh Aspenlind, Ryan Gillen, and Ty Wishart of the Prince George Cougars have all been suspended for one game for instigating fights late in the game versus Kamloops on December 18.

  • The Prince George Cougars have been fined $250.00 for their goaltender being involved in a fight versus Kamloops on December 18.

  • The Prince George Cougars have been fined $250.00 for their second multiple-fight situation of the season versus Kamloops on December 18.

  • Dan Gendur of the Prince George Cougars has been suspended for one game under supplemental discipline for an incident versus Kamloops on December 17. The suspension has been served.

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