For those who may have missed it, there was apparently one heck of a brawl in the Lowell/Norfolk game last night. Indeed, the N-C Observer had a story on it (since many Carolina fans headed to Norfolk for the 2-game series).
And now for the suspensions. Well ... actually ... they are suspensions for indefinite periods, as the AHL won't really do the tribunal thing until Monday. But with AHL President and CEO David Andrews at the game last night, I have a sneaking suspicion that they've already got the suspensions in mind without having to review the video tape.
The American Hockey League announced today that Lowell Lock Monsters head coach Tom Rowe and Norfolk Admirals head coach Trent Yawney have been suspended indefinitely, pending further league review, for their actions during AHL Game #348 on Saturday night in Norfolk, Va.
Both Rowe and Yawney were assessed gross misconduct penalties at the 20:00 mark of the first period on Saturday.
Additionally, Lowell defenseman Allan Rourke has also been suspended indefinitely, pending review of the match penalty he received in the same game.
This breaks Lowell's record for penalty minutes in one game. They set it with 88 minutes in an October 22nd game against Providence. They had 94 in last night's game. Providence is the 2nd most penalized team in the league right now, with 809. Norfolk is first with 844. Lowell has 566, which puts them probably about middle of the pack in PIM for the full AHL.
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