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Commissioner has 'concerns'


The Ontario Hockey League is taking a look at a few incidents from Sunday's playoff game between the Barrie Colts and Sudbury Wolves, with suspensions likely on the way.

"We do have some concerns," league commissioner David Branch toldThe Barrie Examineron Monday night. "I think we'd like to be in a position to make some of our decisions (Tuesday)."

While Branch confirmed the league was reviewing a hit by Colts forward Zac Rinaldo, a crosscheck by the Wolves' Jared Staal and the late-game actions of the Wolves' Kain Allicock in Game 3 -- a 6-2 Barrie win -- the commissioner said, as of Monday night, neither team had submitted formal complaints to the league.

Rinaldo, 19, was given a five-minute interference major and a game misconduct for a hit on Sudbury winger Marcus Foligno.

Staal received a game misconduct and slashing and crosschecking penalties following some illegal stick work on Colts forward Alexander Burmistrov, while Allicock received seven minutes in penalties and two game misconducts -- for being the aggressor in a fight and abuse of official -- after jumping Colts captain Stefan Della Rovere at the faceoff circle late in the game.

Speaking toThe Sudbury Starfollowing Sunday's game, Wolves general manager and head coach Mike Foligno said "there were some undignified comments made by the opponents and our players responded to those comments.

"There were incidents on the ice I will report to the league and we'll see what comes out of it," Foligno added.

The nature of the alleged on-ice comments weren't specified.

The Colts issued a statement on Monday, saying the Wolves' claim was "pure fabrication. "

Branch wouldn't discuss specifics regarding Allicock's attack on Della Rovere, including what might have provoked it.

"I don't want to prejudice (our investigation)," Branch said.

The series shifts to Sudbury for Game 4 on Wednesday.

Barrie leads the series 3-0.


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