The IIHF Disciplinary Panel has issued a one-game suspension to Team Russia forward Mikhail Abramov for a violation of IIHF Official Rule 160—Slew-Footing.
The violation occurred at 39:53 in the 2nd period of the preliminary round game between Russian and Sweden on 30 December.
While skating past center ice towards the Russian defensive zone, Abramov approaches Swedish forward Arvid Costmar from behind. Upon reaching Costmar, Abramov slides his right skate with a kicking motion in the right skate of Costmar. At the same time the upper body of Abramov turns and with his stick he gives an additional push into the upper body of Costmar. Following this action Costmar loses his balance and falls heavily on the ice, where he remained for a moment before getting up and leaving the ice for the bench.
Based on all facts ascertained, the Disciplinary Panel determined that Abramov, by sliding his right skate into Costmar’s right skate, recklessly endangered the safety of Costmar, thereby violating IIHF Official Rule 160 (Slew-Footing).
The Disciplinary Panel determined that Abramov would be sanctioned with a one-game suspension. Abramov will miss Russia’s quarter-final game against Germany.
The IIHF Disciplinary Panel has also issued a one-game suspension to Germany forward Justin Volek for a violation of IIHF Official Rule 127—Cross-Checking
The incident in question occurred at 57:59 in the 3rd period of Germany’s game against Switzerland on 30 December.
Volek, while skating in in the neutral zone in front of the timekeeper’s bench, gains possession of the puck bouncing off the boards and directly shoots it into the Switzerland defensive zone. Right after he dumped the puck, Switzerland defenceman Noah Meier was skating towards the Player with his stick elevated above his waist to deliver a check.
At the moment Volek became aware of Meier, he lifted his stick with both hands delivering a cross check to Meier’s neck area. Meier immediately fell to the ice but was able to get up after a few moments and leave the ice under his own power.
Based on all facts ascertained, the Disciplinary Panel determined that because Volek elevated his stick off the ice and delivered a significant blow to the neck area of Meier with both hands, his actions recklessly endangered the safety of Meier, thereby violating IIHF Official Rule 127—Cross-Checking.
The Disciplinary Panel determined that Volek will be sanctioned with a one-game suspension. He will miss Germany’s quarter-final game against Russia.