OWEN SOUND -- The London Knights tried to exact revenge from the Kitchener Rangers on Thursday and are going to pay a stiff price for their actions.
Tough guys Josh Beaulieu and David Jarram, who have missed the past two games while serving indefinite suspensions for two incidents involving linesmen during the early stages of the heated contest, could learn as early as today the length of their punishments when the OHL office re-opens for business.
"I don't know -- we'll see," London head coach Dale Hunter said. "I don't know (what will happen)."
Some OHL insiders believe Jarram has played his last game this season because his encounter with linesman Kevin Hastings was the more blatant infraction and the league has to send the message that abuse of officials cannot be tolerated.
Though many had expected a decision on the suspensions to be issued on Friday, the OHL has yet to hire a full-time referee-in-chief. The league had intended to have someone in place at the start of the year but the responsibility has fallen back to Baker.
Regardless of his verdict, London will be short some manpower when it plays out the regular season with a home-and-home series against the Erie Otters starting on Friday night at the John Labatt Centre. There is potential for fireworks because the Knights are upset Otters forward Patrick Lee ran London star Sam Gagner into the end boards with a late hit on Feb. 11 -- earning an eight-game suspension that has already expired.
But most feel the Knights would be crazy to try to start something with last-place Erie, which has nothing to play for and can only goad London into having more players suspended for the start of the playoffs. It's something a potential first-round opponent like Owen Sound would love to see happen to London, although the players themselves say it doesn't matter much to them.