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Halifax Mooseheads’ Trey Lewis suspended after getting aggressor penalty when his goalie was run, twice (VIDEO)

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Mooseheads defenceman Trey Lewis (Ghyslain Bergeron, The Canadian Press)

During the 2012 President's Cup playoffs, the Halifax Mooseheads lost then-captain Cameron Critchlow for a crucial playoff game after he received an automatic ban for removing a foe's helmet during a fight even thought it was debatable he did so. History has repeated itself with Halifax team leaders receiving penalties that call for automatic suspensions.

In the final minute of Game 4 of the President's Cup final, Baie-Comeau's Alec Jon Banville touched off a skirmish by bumping Mooseheads goalie Zachary Fucale after a whistle. Fucale retreated to a neutral corner, only to get bumped by the Drakkar's Charles Poulin. That led Lewis to intervene; after all that he got the aggressor penalty after standing up for his goalie. So Banville gets two games for precipitating the fracas while somehow Lewis gets one for doing something any player in his skates would have done. Perhaps the judgment was 'eye for an eye' and each team should lose a player for the potentially decisive Game 5 in Halifax on Friday, but common sense might suggest that Lewis was no aggressor. Besides, does the Q really want a goalie fighting a skater, which is usually a mismatch?

It's still worth sharing just for the bizarre scene of the defenceman having to tussle with both Poulin and Drakkar defenceman Gabriel Verplaest at the same time. Who knew Three To Tango was no longer just a bad late 1990s romcom?

The suspension was reviewable.

Suspensions are supposed to punish players for doing something malicious, reckless or uncouth, like trying to deliberately injure an opponent with a dirty play. Standing up for your goaltender ain't that. The QMJHL's aggressor rule, which is intended to cut down on late-game silliness, is a good one. Fights in the last five minutes of an already decided game are often nonsensical. But any rule needs to be applied appropriately to be good.

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet. Please address any questions, comments or concerns to btnblog@yahoo.ca (video: John Moore).

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