Drummond out for 5 games

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

London Knights forward Robbie Drummond will sit out the next five games for cross-checking Kitchener Rangers star Evan McGrath in the head Sunday afternoon at the John Labatt Centre.

The 19-year-old London native, who was on penalty-killing duty early in the second period at the time of the infraction, was handed a cross-checking major penalty and kicked out of the game as a result of the head shot.

McGrath, who required two stitches to close the wound, bounced back to score a goal on the ensuing power play, but the Western conference-leading Knights rebounded for a 4-3 overtime victory over their Midwest division rivals.

"It wasn't intentional, but I guess they (the OHL brass) reviewed the tape and thought it deserved five games," Drummond said. "I don't remember ever being suspended. I'm usually a guy who gets about 20 penalty minutes a year."

Drummond won't be eligible to play again until Sunday, Jan. 22, in Guelph against the Storm.

"It's frustrating because I just came back early from a (knee) injury (suffered Dec. 7 in Kitchener) and now I'm out again," he said. "But with playoffs coming up, there's still a lot of hockey left to be played for us."

McGrath, who also took a stick in the mouth against London last Tuesday in Kitchener, fired a verbal jab at the Knights this week.

"We know we're a better team," he told the Kitchener Record in Monday's edition. "We work harder and we have more character than London."

Drummond dismissed McGrath's comments and pointed to London's recent history as proof the Knights are full value for their victories.

"He can say what he wants, but there's a lot of players back on this team from last year and that team had a ton of character," Drummond said. "I don't feel we have to defend our character and heart. I think he was obviously frustrated because they scored late to tie it and we still bounced back to beat them in overtime.

"A lot of players in this league know London is a hard place to get a win. We don't make it easy on teams here."


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