Brawlers get bans from OHL

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:51 AM ET

The OHL, as expected, issued suspensions following a final-minute brawl involving several players during Friday's game between the 67's and Saginaw Spirit.

The league did not issue an official statement on the suspensions yesterday, but its website listed three punishments, including a two-game ban to Ottawa defenceman Elgin Reid, who will miss today's home game against the Guelph Storm.

Reid jumped off the Ottawa bench to fight Saginaw defenceman Scott Fletcher during a melee with 44 seconds remaining.

The league suspended Fletcher for four games, which could increase after further review, for leaving his bench to attack 67's star rookie Logan Couture -- who did not fight -- which prompted Reid to leap over the boards to protect Ottawa's young star.

"To us, that's like somebody coming off their bench and going after John Tavares," said Ottawa coach and GM Brian Kilrea, referring to the Oshawa superstar rookie. "You don't want anybody in the league attacked like that."

The league also suspended Saginaw coach Bob Mancini two games, while Kilrea escaped a reprimand.

"I can live with that," said Kilrea.

The suspension to the Saginaw coach is automatic because it was his player that left the bench first.

The league also fined the Spirit $1,000.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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