By Josh Lockhart
At the KIJHL College Showcase the Kimberley Dynamiters are without Spencer Kennedy, who has been suspended six games.
Kennedy will miss out on both Showcase games, which he says sucks, but he will also miss out on the Holiday Classic between Fernie and Kimberley, plus two more games.
The suspension comes from the December 18 game against the Fernie Ghostriders. There were shenanigans that happened at the conclusion of the second, however, many of those penalties have been rescinded, except Kennedy’s.
“I know for a fact that referee or the linesmen did not see what Kennedy did or didn’t do.” Head coach and general manager Derek Stuart said. “They clearly made up a penalty on Fernie’s player Green. Myself and Fernie’s head coach received game misconducts, when those should have been bench minors.
“For me, if I am betting man, I would bet that he didn’t see what happened and made something up.”
An automatic three game suspension was given for the spearing penalty, which means Kennedy would have return January 5th. However, there was an additional three game suspension for ‘deliberate intent, causing injury’.
“The biggest issue is that Kennedy got an additional three games for injuring a player, when that player played less than 72 hours later and scored two goals.” Stuart said. “I don’t know who deemed him to be injured, but he clearly wasn’t injured.”
“I don’t know how you can call him injured if he is not missing any game time.”
The additional suspension, and all but Kennedy’s penalty being rescinded has been frustrating.
“We have tried to talk to the league and BC Hockey. There is no video of the incident. There are only a few people that saw what happened, and they say it wasn’t a spear, that it was something else.
“It’s frustrating that a call was made up, twice on the same play. [Fernie’s] got rescinded and ours didn’t. We are going to try and get the extra three rescinded.”
The Dynamiters will now wait and see, while Kennedy, as of right now, is watching the KIJHL College Showcase and the Holiday Classic, plus two more games, from the stands.
While both of Fernie’s players will be playing all the above games.