Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds rookie right wing Landon Schiller found a way to punching another hole on his '10 free fights' card, but it might get him in hot water.
Okay, it's probably a little sensational to paint Schiller's checking to the head game misconduct on Thursday as an unintended consequence of the Ontario Hockey League's first-year rule that limits players to 10 fighting majors before automatic suspensions kick in. That said, if Schiller had thrown off his gloves and challenged the Niagara IceDogs' Mack Lemmon in retaliation for a rough bodycheck earlier on defenceman Chris Buonomo instead of drilling him well away from the play as if it was football on ice, he still would have been ejected from the game. In that hypothetical, though, there would not be another questionable play in the OHL to pore over like it was the Zapruder film, with a suspension possible for the 17-year-old.
(Update: Schiller has been suspended 10 games.)
It all starts at 3:56 in the highlight reel below (which has a couple scoring plays from Ryan Strome for all fans of the Brooklyn New York Islanders). Lemmon took what TV Cogeco Ontario's Steve Clark called "a healthy run" at Buonomo and seemed to be a little gratuitous about dumping the Greyhounds defenceman behind the goal. As play continued in the Greyhounds zone, Schiller (who's had only one fighting major) seemed less intent on where the puck was than avenging the check seconds earlier.Read More »from Soo Greyhounds’ Landon Schiller suspended 10 games for checking to the head (VIDEO)