The Ottawa 67’s are about to embark on a nine-game road trip that could be a yardstick for the rest of the year in determining whether they’re a fringe playoff team or not, and they’ll have to do so without their co-captain and leading point-getter Sean Monahan.
Monahan was handed a ten-game suspension today for a borderline hit on Plymouth captain Colin MacDonald on Sunday, November 18th. MacDonald was hit at a strange angle in the late stages of Ottawa’s 3-2 loss and stayed down for several moments after the hit.
The ten-game suspension seems to be a league-wide standard for hits to the head. Scott Laughton of tonight’s opposition, the Oshawa Generals, is just returning from a ten-game ban for an elbow to the head of 67’s forward Daniel Walsh, who still hasn’t returned.
MacDonald missed Plymouth’s game Wednesday against Windsor and isn’t expected to be in the lineup against Kingston tonight. The Whalers don’t play again this weekend, but host the 67’s a week from today.
In other suspension news, Michal Cajkovsky was not suspended for a late-game incident on Tuesday, on a play where Kingston head coach Todd Gill was adamant that there should be further punishment. Cajkovsky also had a roughing minor after the final buzzer, but won’t face further penalty.
Kingston’s Michael Moffat was suspended one game for abuse of official at the end of Tuesday’s game in Ottawa.
Monahan is eligible to return to the lineup on December 14th.