Match penalty likely to cost Talbot

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

67's captain Julian Talbot will likely be suspended for Thursday's OHL playoff opener against the Petes in Peterborough.

But the 20-year-old centre might also escape a three-game ban that comes with a match penalty for spearing.

Commissioner Dave Branch said a videotape of the incident -- supplied by the 67's -- will be reviewed at the league's office in Toronto today and a decision will be made on how long Talbot, who finished second in scoring for Ottawa this season with 30 goals and 77 points, will be banned.

"If our review suggests there's evidence the penalty shouldn't have been a match, we'll adjust it accordingly," said Branch.

SPEARED MCQUAID

Talbot received the penalty during Sunday's final regular-season game at the Civic Centre against the Sudbury Wolves.

During a melee near the 67's bench, he speared defenceman Adam McQuaid in the mid-section.

The injured player lay face-down for about three minutes before being taken off the ice.

However, McQuaid returned to play in the final period.

The fact McQuaid wasn't severely injured and returned to action could be a factor in determining the length of Talbot's suspension, Branch said.

A match penalty for spearing carries a three-game ejection under OHL rules, but each incident with a match is reviewed by the league, with the possibility of an increase or reduction to the stipulated removal.

In Talbot's case, Branch said it's "highly unlikely" based on the game report from the referees that the 67's captain would be able to play on Thursday.

But there's a chance he could be cleared for Game 2 of the series on Saturday at Scotiabank Place.


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