Friday, September 27, 2013
Brendan Leipsic Suspended 3 Games
Leipsic was only given a 2 minute penalty for Charging on the play as he appeared to take a run at Vickerman. Vickerman did a great job of trying to avoid the traumatic hit to his head and took it mostly on the shoulder, but the WHL obviously did not like his intention.
I think that the WHL is only giving the 3 game suspension because of Leipsic's history of border-line hits. They are obviously trying to send a message to all players around the league by levelling such a heavy suspension on one of their star players.
Leipsic was trying to energize his team that, at the time, had fallen behind 5-1 and was showing a real lack of energy. As was the case among most of the Hawk's players Tuesday night, he was trying to do too much on his own and stopped playing a smart, team oriented game.
Leipsic should be back for next Saturday's second tilt in 2 nights up in Kelowna.