Buzzing The Net - Junior Hockey

Late Thursday, we mentioned Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Brock Beukeboom, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds captain, got two checking-from-behind penalties in the same game.

There is a good chance Beukeboom, 18, will not receive a suspension. Neither hittee on the Brampton Battalion, Sean Jones or Cameron Wind, appeared to be injured, which is often the first criteria. It would also likely take the Battalion making of a crux of it with Ontario Hockey League commissioner David Branch by sending a video to the league office.

One always has to be mindful of avoiding falling sway to the suspension culture. This is more about how two blatant checks from behind by the same player fits right into the Canadian Hockey League's talking points about breeding more respect into the game. Paraphrasing Western league vice-president Richard Doerksen's explanation of why he shelved Tri-City's Brendan Shinnimin for 12 games for a dangerous play last week, the leagues go over this with the players. It kills them to see it ignored.

No mobile, hostile and agile defenceman wants the 'soft' label, but both plays were completely needless.

The first came midway through the second period of Brampton's eventual 5-1 win (the Soo's fifth consecutive loss), when Beukeboom hit Jones, who was a feet out from the boards. Left wing Barclay Goodrow came to his teammate's defence. Beukeboom was only five minutes (in elapsed game time) removed from serving his penalties when he caught Wind behind the 'Hounds goal. Jones, avenging the earlier check, jumpied in.

One would hope Beukeboom checks himself. Two what-was-he-thinking plays does not serve his own rep well.

Word also travels fast among junior players. Both Battalion players who felt compelled to retaliate, Goodrow and Jones, are normally not that pugnacious. Each had only two fighting majors last season.

(Photo by Aaron Bell, OHL Images.)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Sports Canada. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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