Ice Hockey: Ten-match ban for Caps’ Riley Emmerson

Edinburgh Caps' Riley Emmerson, centre, missed out on his side's 8-2 defeat by Belfast Giants last night. Pic: Jan Orkisz/SMP

Edinburgh Caps' Riley Emmerson, centre, missed out on his side's 8-2 defeat by Belfast Giants last night. Pic: Jan Orkisz/SMP

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Edinburgh Captials forward Riley Emmerson has been handed a ten-game ban, and the club fined £1000, following a review from the Elite League’s Department of Player Safety into an incident that took place in last week’s Challenge Cup match against Belfast Giants.

Emmerson was given only a two-minute minor penalty on the night at Murrayfield by referee Neil Wilson for a second-minute hit on Giants’ defenceman Kevin Phillips, who has since been diagnosed with concussion.

Following the match, Belfast coach Steve Thornton asked for the incident to be reviewed. However, Edinburgh could not provide footage of the hit as the first five minutes of the match had not been recorded due to a technical error.

A statement released by the Elite League said: “The Department of Player Safety has increased the original penalty called on the night to a match penalty for boarding.

“Edinburgh have been fined £1000 for failure to supply the match-night footage required and, as a result, Emmerson will be banned for ten matches.

“If the match-night footage or any Elite League-approved information can be supplied, the Department of Player Safety will take this into consideration and further review this incident.”

Meanwhile, Edinburgh, minus Emmerson, were hammered 8-2 by Belfast, for whom Phillips played, in their league opener in Northern Irish capital last night.

A three goal blitz early in the third period killed the game as a contest. Caps had twice drawn level early in the match through a Dennis Rix strike and a penalty shot goal from Jade Portwood, but trailed 4-2 after 40 minutes and never recovered.