Emotions were high and the stakes were even higher during a drag-em-out battle between the Victoria Royals and Kamloops Blazers last night, which resulted in a 6-3 win for the Blazers.
It was this afternoon that the WHL officially announced that Victoria Royals’ veteran forward Kody McDonald was suspended indefinitely following last night’s game:
WHL announces indefinite suspension of Victoria Royals forward Kody McDonald.
— The WHL (@TheWHL) March 28, 2019
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During the third period with the score tied 3-3, an incident occurred where the Royals’ forward McDonald could be seen swinging his stick at a Blazers’ player Franklin on the other bench, and subsequently hitting Kamloops’ trainer, Toledo Robinson.
Here’s video of tonight’s stick swinging incident at bench. Mcdonald gets Franklin and trainer Toledo Robinson. Broke his glasses. How this didn’t result in serious injury is a miracle. Match penalty. pic.twitter.com/Gcwwo5agtZ
— Jon Keen (@JonKeenNLSports) March 28, 2019
As per Jon Keen, Robinson’s glasses broke in the the exchange and McDonald was given a match penalty, which has also resulted in an indefinite suspension.
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McDonald’s indefinite suspension – meaning the player is suspended from play until further notice, pending investigation – will come as a huge loss to the Victoria Royals, as the forward has already put up 3 goals in 4 games so far this post-season, and has been a force to be reckoned with in the physical category of play.
The two teams match up again for game 5 of their series on Saturday, March 30th – the series is currently tied 2-2.