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.”