At 58:52 mark of the Guildford Flames vs. Manchester Storm (28.10.2018) game, an incident occurred that requires supplementary discipline. The events that unfolded involve multiple suspensions. The incident was reviewed by the EIHL Department of player safety which determined that supplementary discipline is required.
With the score at 4-0 for the Guildford Flames with 1:08 left to play, the situation caused by the Manchester Storm is considered to show a lack of respect for the opposing team, hockey and the EIHL brand. With a two minute penalty being assessed to Manchester Storm #1 Matt Ginn (NM) and the play considered over, the Referees and the EIHL Department of player safety, considers the original penalty at the stoppage as the first event.
As the referee was assessing the original two minute penalty a second (additional) event unfolded that is considered 100% the responsibility of the actions of the Manchester Storm team. Manchester Storm #94 Declan Balmer was the first player to leave the players’ bench for the purpose of starting an altercation (RULE 141). The EIHL Department of Player Safety also considers Declan Balmer the instigator for the purpose of starting an altercation. Manchester Storm #10 Dallas Ehrhardt, skating the length of the ice for the purpose of entering the altercation, who also entered the ice from the players’ bench after the original stoppage, is considered the Third Man into the altercation (RULE 141).
In addition, and as per the EIHL Casebook rule 141, altercations in the last five minutes of the game, the Manchester Storm Head Coach, Ryan Finnerty, is responsible for the actions of his team. As the video shows, in addition to the players leaving the players’ bench, the altercation and fight, the Manchester Storm have six players involved to the three players the Guildford Flames had. This is considered a dangerous scenario, caused by the Manchester Storm. The Guildford Flames did not have players leave the bench, the Guildford Flames Head Coach had his players in control and the Guildford Flames are found not guilty of any of the actions that occurred at the 58:52 mark. The full responsibility falls on the Manchester Storm.
Effective immediately, the following suspensions are issued:
- Manchester Storm #94 Declan Balmer for three (3) games for the first person to leave the players’ bench for the purpose of starting an altercation
- Manchester Storm #10 Dallas Ehrhardt for one (1) game for being the 3rd man into an altercation, and for coming from the players’ bench (not on ice at stoppage in play)
- Manchester Storm Head Coach Ryan Finnerty for One (1) games and a £1000.00 fine, for not controlling his team, and is considered responsible for the actions he allowed his players to partake in, within the last five minutes of the game. In addition, Ryan Finnerty will be considered a repeat offender for the remainder of the 2018/19 season.
Categorised in: EIHL Department of Player Safety