Capitals prospect Beck Malenstyn has been suspended three games by the AHL for an incident that occurred during the Hershey Bears’ December 6 game against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Malenstyn elbowed Mark Friedman in the jaw early in the third period. Woozy and bloodied, Friedman did not return to the game. Malenstyn was given a two-minute minor.
Watching last night's game and saw this pretty cheap flying elbow from Beck Malenstyn on Mark Friedman early in the 3rd period.
Friedman looked pretty visibly dazed and obviously did not return to the game. pic.twitter.com/7hMr8XUBu1
— Tony Androckitis (@TonyAndrock) December 7, 2019
Bob Rotruck, Lehigh’s radio broadcaster, called the play “scary.”
Mark Friedman leaves the game with an injury after he was elbowed in the head by Hershey's Beck Malenstyn.
Friedman went down hard and there was a little bit of blood. Malenstyn's right elbow connected with the jaw of Friedman who was skating at him from behind. Scary play.
— Bob Rotruck (@BobRotruck) December 7, 2019
Inside AHL Hockey’s Tony Androckitis reported that the Phantoms sent video of the play to the AHL for review.
I'm told #LVPhantoms did send video of Beck Malenstyn's flying elbow into Mark Friedman's face to the league for review for supplemental discipline.
Not sure if it was reviewed and ruled on prior to tonight's game though. Malenstyn is in Hershey's lineup tonight.
— Tony Androckitis (@TonyAndrock) December 8, 2019
Sunday, the AHL ruled that Malenstyn will be suspended three games.
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) December 8, 2019
Malenstyn will miss Hershey’s games tonight (Dec. 8) vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Dec. 14 vs. Bridgeport, and Dec. 15 vs. Lehigh Valley.
— Zack Fisch (@zackfisch) December 8, 2019
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