Beach suspended one game for comments

Matthew Gourlie
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Cody Beach freely admitted Saturday that he was running his mouth to try to get under the Regina Pats skin.

The Moose Jaw Warriors right winger apparently did too good of a job.

Monday, Western Hockey League vice-president Richard Doerksen handed Beach a one-game suspension for a “derogatory comment to the Regina bench” in Game 2 of the Warriors and Pats Eastern Conference quarter-final series. Beach will miss Game 3 tonight in Regina.

“I received an email from Richard Doerksen saying that (Regina head coach) Pat Conacher had sent in a complaint to the league after the game regarding something Cody had said to their bench and that he asked the league to review the matter,” said Warriors director of hockey operations Alan Millar.

Millar said that Doerksen spoke to himself and Beach before making handing down the suspension.

Beach was the first star of Game 2 after scoring twice and adding an assist. Millar would not elaborate on what Beach said.

The Pats also sent a complaint to league about Beach after Game 1 of their best-of-seven series. The hit Beach threw in Game 1 wasn’t penalized at the time and the Pats were fined $500 for the “unsustained request for supplemental discipline.” Beach didn’t receive a penalty for his comment during Game 2 either.

This is nothing new for Beach who has been suspended for 10 games this season for three separate incidents. The Warriors are 8-1-1-0 in those games and after losing 146 man-games to injury and 23 more to suspension during the regular season, Millar said that Beach’s suspension won’t be a distraction.

“Our team has battled through injuries and suspension during the season,” said Millar. “I don’t think a situation like this is going to bother us at all.”

Organizations: Game 2, Western Hockey League

Geographic location: Regina

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  • hockey man
    March 28, 2012 - 14:13

    The warriors should be able to handle the pats,but you all being warrior fans must admit that they are toast once they play out west.So I guess you won't have anymore to cheer about than that regina pats fan had.Things are no different for the warriors here than they were in winnipeg.

  • Moose Jaw BOB
    March 27, 2012 - 22:52

    Boy, PATS FOREVER, You really have nothing to cheer about, DO YOU!!!!!

  • Observer
    March 27, 2012 - 17:53

    Maybe beach should seriously think about a career in the wwf.They always behave like that.And i'm not partial to any team.

  • Warrior fan
    March 27, 2012 - 17:12

    I sure hope beach makes the cut next year in the NHL just so he doesn't have to play in the this gong show of a league, I think if anything the Pats just ignited a flame in the Warriors, they're going to come out hitting harder, playing more aggressive, and they're going to blow up the lamp tonight Go Warriors!!!

  • Steve
    March 27, 2012 - 15:37

    Pats Forever talks about class...What a laugh. It seems Conacher should look up that definition. Both teams are chirping at each other all the team. To single Beach out not once but twice shows what class Conacher/Lang and Regina has. What ever happened to let them play the game? The league (Dork...sen/Robison/Muench) are a joke. They are trying to influence this series. I would rather have both teams chirping at each other than seeing Regina...clutch and grapping and speering players! Why wasn't Maricin suspended. Spearing is one of the dirtiest infractions there is and shows a total lack of respect for the other player. I guess Dork...sen would rather see the league with that!! What a shame!

  • Jtaylor
    March 27, 2012 - 11:43

    Bull for the amount of jaw jakking that goes on....especially with teenagers....especially during playoffs you;re the one whose dreaming if you don't think this is a political move by the Pats coach cause he knows what a threat Beach is. Pats don't stand a chance.

  • Rod Stapleton Beach Fan also
    March 27, 2012 - 10:13

    It looks like Regina is looking at anyway they can to get Cody out of the series. If something was said then so be it but you better tape everyone's mouth shut as I'm sure there is lots said in any sport (trash talk) . Lets play hockey and finish them off in FIVE!!!!!!

  • Warrior & Beach Fan
    March 26, 2012 - 23:29

    I understand the need to show the players that they need to follow the rules and play the sport in a sportsmanship manner.... but it is also hard for a player like Cody who is "picked" on for the lack of words by players and officials. Cody is a great player but the officials seem to pick on him for things that others don't get called on. Embellishment.... really.... it seems like a penalty they will slap him with whenever they don't have a real call against him. I would challenge Mr. Doerksen to look at the how the officials actually officate the games. Forever a Warrior Fan!!

    • Pats Forever
      March 27, 2012 - 09:51

      You know what!Its called respect. As a player, coach or official, you learn to show a bit of class on the ice. You open your big mouth you pay for the consequences. As if the officials are picking on Beach. Keep dreaming though.