The Kamloops Storm will have to do without leading goal scorer Luke Gordon for the next three to five games, Storm general manager Barry Dewar said Sunday.
Gordon was assessed a match penalty for intent to injure in Kamloops' 4-2 victory over the Golden Rockets on Saturday. He also received a major for fighting and a misconduct.
Gordon was recently named a co-captain of the Storm and leads the team with three goals and 7 assists in 10 games.
Dewar said the minimum suspension accompanying a match penalty is two games, but estimated that Gordon would probably receive five games.
The suspension hasn't been levied by the KIJHL, as the referee, Shane Hillman, hasn't sent in his game sheet.
"His rationale in giving the match is that Luke had intent to hurt the kid and it's sort of a weak call, but at the same time it is what the rule book says," Dewar said. "We're not expecting to get away with anything."
Dewar said Gordon was hit in the head prior to his penalty and asked the referee why there was no call. He then laid a hit on a Rockets player that the referee ruled was done with intent to injure.
"I got kind of hit in the head and I wasn't too happy about it and I got caught up in the moment and ended up hitting a guy," Gordon said. "I got a little angry and didn't control my emotions."
Following the game, head coach Ed Patterson was unhappy with his team for getting "involved in scrums we had no business getting involved in."
"All the calls aside, the ref and other things, we have to rise above that kind of stuff," he said. "That's not the kind of team we want to be.
"The ref lost control and Luke fell into it - he lost control himself. As a leader he has to rise above that stuff."