Raider suspended for three games

By Drew Wilson
February 21, 2017 - 5:00pm Updated: February 22, 2017 - 7:11am

Prince Albert Raider winger Kolby Johnson has received a three-game suspension from the Western Hockey League for Friday’s controversial hit at the Art Hauser Centre.

The 18-year-old power forward collided with Everett Silvertips forward Orrin Centazzo at centre ice during the second period. Johnson caught Centazzo cutting into the middle just as the 16-year-old Silvertip forward had tipped the puck. Centazzo left the game with a shoulder injury. 

Raiders head coach Marc Habscheid couldn’t understand why Johnson’s penalty was changed from a two-minute minor to a five-minute major and game misconduct after the referees spoke to the Silvertips coaches and conferred with each other.

Johnson didn’t play Saturday in Brandon or Monday at home against Regina. He will serve the final game of his suspension Friday in Saskatoon and will be eligible to return when the Raiders host the Blades Saturday February 25.    


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