Yesterday afternoon, the American Hockey League announced four different suspensions, one of which came to a member of the Toronto Marlies. Mason Marchment was handed a two-game pause to his season for a cross-check delivered against the Binghamton Devils.
From the league release:
Toronto Marlies forward Mason Marchment has been suspended for two (2) games as a consequence of a cross-checking incident in a game at Binghamton on Nov. 10.
Marchment was suspended under the provisions of AHL Rule 28.1 (supplementary discipline). He will miss Toronto’s games Saturday (Nov. 18) and Sunday (Nov. 19), both vs. Syracuse.
For those curious about Rule 28.1, it’s just a catch-all for non-automatic incidents and has little to do with the specifics of the situation at hand:
28.1 Supplementary Discipline – In addition to the automatic fines and suspensions under these rules, the President may, at his discretion, investigate any incident that occurs in connection with any Pre-season, Exhibition, League or Playoff game and may assess additional fines and/or suspensions for any offence committed over the course of a game or any aftermath thereof by a player, goalkeeper, Trainer, Manager, Coach, or non-playing Club personnel or Club executive, whether or not such offence has been penalized by the Referee.
Marchment’s cross-check was of a retaliatory variety. After a thunderous hit by Devils defenceman and former Marlies player Viktor Loov, Marchment skated back to the Swede and gave him a mouthful of lumber.
Marlies forward Mason Marchment was suspended two AHL games yesterday for Friday cross-check on Viktor Loov. Will miss both weekend games vs. Syracuse: https://t.co/ggJv11Oj46 pic.twitter.com/BmIXqyH1cS
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) November 14, 2017
If you don’t notice the stick and instead believe it to be a shove, as I did at first glance, it’s a move that invokes a much different reaction; one of excitement that Toronto’s players aren’t easily pushed around. But getting the stick involved was a poor call on Marchment’s end, making this a more than fair ruling by the league.
Prior to this, Marchment had played in 12 of Toronto’s 15 games and amassed 11 points, a run that has impressed many and put him in the spotlight as one of the Leafs organization’s under-the-radar finds, despite the team not (yet) owning his NHL rights.
As for the other three suspensions, only one comes within Toronto’s division; Andrew MacWilliam, another former Marlies defenceman that now plays for Rochester, was suspended for a hit to the head on Saturday against the Belleville Senators.
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