NLL Suspends 13 Players, Fines Two Coaches
Chet Koneczny of the Colorado Mammoth has been suspended for four games, 12 other players have been suspended for one game and coaches Darris Kilgour of the Buffalo Bandits and Johnny Mouradian of the Philadelphia Wings have been fined undisclosed amounts following an NLL review of two games that ended in brawls last Saturday.
A line brawl at 14:29 of the fourth quarter in Buffalo saw Colorado's Koneczny, Jon Sullivan, Rich Morgan and Ilija Gajic and Buffalo's Billy Dee Smith, David Brock, Nick Cotter and Jim Purves fight after the original fight. They were assessed fighting majors and match penalties and after reviewing the brawl league disciplinarians held to the letter of the rule book, which calls for automatic one-game suspensions for players pairing off after an original fight.
Koneczny has been suspended an additional two games for being a repeat offender in that he took a second match penalty this season. He'd been assessed one during a Washington-Colorado game on Jan. 12. Also, the league's review has determined that the gross misconduct penalty he was assessed after the brawl for making an obscene gesture to the crowd merits a further one-game suspension. Add it all up and he's suspended for four games.
The league also reviewed what occurred at 13:48 of the fourth quarter in the Washington-Philadelphia game and announced that Jeff Moleski of the Stealth and Michael Manley of the Wings are each suspended for one game for fighting after the original fight, and that Wings goalie Brandon Miller is suspended for one game for being the third man in the original fight between Matt Beers and Joel White.
Two other Washington players, Mitch McMichael and Justin Pychel were assessed major cross-checking penalties during the game, and the league is suspending each player one game after reviewing the checks.
Sullivan and Purves were traded to Rochester before the Wednesday trading deadline so the number of players suspended going into this weekend's games, not taking into consideration any appeals that might be filed Friday, total three on the active rosters of Colorado, Buffalo and Washington and two on Rochester's active roster.
Kilgour was on the floor near the Colorado players' bench exchanging heated words with Mammoth coaches after time expired.
Mouradian was fined for making an obscene gesture during the fourth quarter.
The suspended players' teams are all scheduled to play Saturday.
Philadelphia is at home against first-place Toronto. Seldom-used Kevin Croswell is Miller's backup and will probably get the start if Miller serves his suspension. In that case, Mike Thompson might appear as the backup. Mouradian acquired the retired goalie's rights at the trading deadline Wednesday.
Buffalo and Colorado go at it again in Denver, and Washington is at Minnesota.