OHL suspends trio involved in brawl

IAN SHANTZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

BARRIE, Ont. -- The Ontario Hockey League has come down hard on the Barrie Colts and Windsor Spitfires following various incidents in Game 3 of the league final.

Colts forward Zac Rinaldo was suspended indefinitely for his physical interaction with an official during Sunday's game, while Spitfires winger Adam Wallace was slapped with an indefinite suspension for what the league described as "inappropriate physical interaction with an opponent late in the game."

Colts forward Darren Archibald was also suspended indefinitely for his late-game hit on Windsor goalie Philipp Grubauer.

Archibald had been given a match penalty for charging after steamrolling Grubauer with 40 seconds left in Sunday's game, which Windsor won 5-2 to take a 3-0 lead in the series.

The league didn't take much liking in some off-ice happenings, either, slapping both organizations with hefty $5,000 fines for "unprofessional off-ice conduct."

A yelling match between staff from both clubs broke out in the press box during the game.

Reached Monday afternoon, Barrie head coach Marty Williamson said the press box incident "had nothing to do with our team."

The coach said Archibald's suspension was "pretty straightforward," but wouldn't comment any further.

"We're obviously disappointed," Williamson said. "There's not a lot more we can say about it."

Sunday marked the first game back for Rinaldo, 19, who had just finished serving a 12-game suspension for an illegal hit on Sudbury Wolves forward Marcus Foligno in the opening round of the playoffs.

Wallace was suspended for charging Colts forward Matt Kennedy and then punching him repeatedly with 49 seconds left to go in the third period.

He was given a roughing minor and a fighting major for the incident.

Earlier in the season, the Colts' Zack Kassian made national headlines when he received a 20-game suspension for his illegal hit on Kennedy.

Sunday's game was broadcast nationally.


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