Maine Hockey Journal

Brennan suspended for hit to Pirates’ Peters

The AHL has laid down the law, hitting Bridgeport Sound Tigers forward Kip Brennan hard with a 15 game suspension for blindside punch to Pirates forward Geoff Peters in last Saturday’s game in Bridgeport, Conn.

The incident took place at 16:39 of the first period when Brennan retaliated against Peters for an elbow on Pascal Morency, which he received a five minute major for. Brennan felt it was necessary to take matters into his own hands and laid a vicious punch on an unsuspecting Peters.

It resulted in a broken nose for Peters, which may have caused the suspension to be a little longer then anticipated because Brennan was nailed for AHL rule 47.14 punching an unsuspecting opponent and causing injury.

Peters felt the game getting out of the control early on after the Pirates built an early 2-0 lead. Pirates would go on to win, 5-2.

“It had gotten out of control,” said Peters. “I think it becomes a respect issue. When things get out of control like that it’s not good for the game of hockey, but our guys were composed and they fought for the team and stuck up for each other as much as they could without being stupid.”

“You don’t want to take it to the next level where its stupidity and I think there were a few incidents that were completely uncalled for. The NHL and the AHL have done a lot to crack down on that stuff and it still happens and it’s unfortunate.”

Brennan will be able to return to the Sound Tigers on March 15.

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