67's Reid learns fate today

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

The 67's will find out today how long defenceman Elgin Reid will be barred from the lineup for receiving a match penalty in Sunday's game in Kingston.

Reid got nabbed for a slew-foot hit on Frontenacs winger Bobby Bolt in the first period.

Referee Scott Hutchinson assessed a game misconduct and a match penalty, which includes an automatic one-game banishment.

That means Reid will be out of action in Ottawa's next game, at home Friday against Belleville.

In addition, the OHL reviews all match penalty incidents, which means a lengthier suspension is possible.

However, Bolt wasn't injured and played the remainder of the game, a fact which will likely spare Reid from a more severe penalty.

Slew-footing is called when a player takes the feet out from under an unsuspecting opponent from behind.

It's considered a dangerous move because the tripped player often falls straight back, hitting the back of his helmet on the ice.

BOOTED FROM GAME

A match penalty is assessed whenever a referee sees it happen.

Last month at the Civic Centre, Belleville defenceman Wes Cunningham received a match penalty from referee Mike Pearce after slew-footing 67's winger Pat Ouellette, who was not injured.

Cunningham sat out the next game, but returned to the lineup without further suspension.

Without Reid for the next game, the 67's will attempt to break a three-game losing skid after dropping a wild 9-8 decision to the Frontenacs.

Ottawa coach Brian Kilrea criticized the play of the team's older players after the game, and continued the rant on local sports radio yesterday. "It seemed like the rookies kept getting us even, but the veterans were the ones that kept getting us behind," said Kilrea.

IN THE CREASE: Kingston centre Bobby Hughes was named player of the week by the OHL yesterday, mainly because of his two-goal, two-assist performance Sunday against Ottawa.


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