Monday, February 24, 2014

Cameron Gaunce Suspended One Game for Slew Foot

Cameron Gaunce (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
Texas Stars defenseman Cameron Gaunce has been suspended by the league for the match penalty he received in Saturday's game for slew footing. He will miss tomorrow morning's game against his former team, the Lake Erie Monsters, in Cleveland.

The incident, which came off a scrum at the net started between Chris Mueller and Justin Peters, was reviewed by the league president as is the case with all match penalties. On the play, Gaunce appeared to grab Jordan Staal by the waist and tackle him down to the ice backwards.

It didn't seem like a match penalty at the time and I honestly was not expecting any league discipline. This is surprising. Gaunce is the first Texas player suspended by the league in nearly three years. Brad Lukowich was suspended one game on March 8, 2011.

Here's the short release from the league:
Texas Stars defenseman Cameron Gaunce has been suspended for one (1) game as a consequence of a match penalty for slew-footing assessed in a game vs. Charlotte on Feb. 22.

Gaunce will miss Texas’s game Tuesday (Feb. 25) at Lake Erie.

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