Supplementary Discipline. In addition to the automatic fines and suspensions imposed under these rules, the President may, at his discretion, investigate any incident that occurs in connection with any Pre-season, Exhibition, League or Playoff game and may assess additional fines and/or suspensions for any offense committed during the course of a game or any aftermath thereof by a player, goalkeeper, Trainer, Manager, Coach or non-playing Club personnel or Club executive, whether or not such offense has been penalized by the Referee.
I don’t know that the Checkers requested further investigation (as they can do, for a mere $250 which is refundable if the league finds someone’s actions GUILTY as charged), but regardless I’m happy to see these careless actions penalized as they were. Lauridsen was a first time offender, so any suspension is a big deal. Rinaldo has had more of his share of penalties (287 PIMs this year already… yikes!), but I guess since he didn’t actually injure, and just intended to, the league only gave him three games.
Yesterday, the team left for their two-game roadtrip. In Charlotte, the weather was close to 80 degrees, and in Hartford today, it’s hovering just above freezing at about 40 degrees. And people why I love hockey in the south! Saturday, the team plays in Portland before returning to Charlotte on Sunday for a 5 p.m. game against the Norfolk Admirals. Goaltender Mike Murphy did practice or travel with the team, despite earlier reports they hoped he could play on Friday. Bobby Goepfert was recalled from Florida again, and after a game in Fort Meyers on Wednesday he flew to Hartford to meet the Checkers for the weekend of games.
Justin Pogge has not played against the Whale in the Checkers previous three meetings (Murphy has a record of 2-1 against them). The Whale are third in their division and seventh in the Eastern conference. It should be a spirited matchup, with a number of former ECHL Checkers now playing for the Whale.