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Key members of a North American Hockey League (LNAH) franchise have been suspended until the end of the 2016-17 playoffs following a hot-tempered brawl during the pre-game warmup on Sunday.
The Laval Predators, who play in the infamously fight-happy LNAH, were involved in a melee before the puck drop on a game against the St-Georges Cool-FM. Predators co-owner Eric Lajeunesse, CEO Lucien Paquette and assistant coach Dannick Lessard all received two-season bans on Tuesday.
A total of 114 penalty minutes were handed out in the 6-3 Laval victory, according to the online game sheet.
However, only a two-minute penalty — a minor cross-checking penalty given to Laval’s Chris Cloutier — was assigned to the time of the opening faceoff (0:00 of the first period). Cloutier, a 31-year-old defenceman for the Predators, led all players with 21 penalty minutes. In 61 career LNAH games, Cloutier has racked up a remarkable 490 PIM. The eight-team, Quebec-based LNAH, which is considered a “low-level professional league”, is known for its outrageous behaviour, with footage of a bizarre on-ice scene going viral seemingly every other month.
The Rams beat the Zeebs in a hard fought game in which the Rams found themselves with a 4 to 1 lead late in the 3rd. The PIM filled match got a little dicey as the Zebras got within one to make it 4-3 until R.Jones buried a power play goal to seal the Rams W 5-3. Next up Bandits this Sunday @ 9:30. Noce on Beer.
Down 4-3 with 10 minutes in the 3rd, the Rams rallied late to tie it up. Corcoran drew a late Power Play and Bill O’neill got the game winner.
WILLOW GROVE. Saturday’s game saw the Rams open up a 3-0 lead on the Bandits. The Rams Power Play failed to put the game away and the Bandits fought back to tie it 3-3 at the start of the 3rd. Bandits scored 3 in the 3rd period and handed the Rams their first loss of the season. Next up Saturday at 9:30pm.
The Rams beat the Thudner in their first match of the season 7-2 with goals from Noce (2), O’neil (2), and Feder (3). Colin also had his first PIM of the year. Next up, this Saturday vs. Bandits 3:40pm.