Pest gets dozen for dropping Foligno

Zac Rinaldo of the Barrie Colts has been suspended 12 games by the Ontario Hockey League after his blindside hit on Marcus Foligno this past Sunday. Rinaldo, a pest prospect of the Philadelphia Flyers, came up high from the side on the 6'3 Foligno, dropping the Wolves physical leader and forcing him off the ice in a woozy state. Foligno would gather his marbles and return to the game.




With Rinaldo taking a seat, Foligno and the Wolves will have one less thorn in their side when they stave off elimination against the CHL's #1 ranked team on Wednesday. Also worth considering is that the next time Foligno gets to settle the score, it could be in a Sabres-Flyers tilt a few years down the line. Foligno was already ahead on the judges scorecard after pounding the 5'11 agitator a few weeks back.

After Zack Kassian received 20 games for his hit on Barrie's Matt Kennedy, does Rinaldo's dozen fit the crime?
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Dave
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 ×

It seems that the bar is moving on these suspensions. If this got 12 (and in the playoffs no less), then would Kassian's hit, it it happened today get more than the 20 he recieved? I would suspect it would. It could be another level in the OHL's attempt to police their league with even more authority.

That said, Marcus tuned this kid up once, I'm sure he will again.

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Anonymous
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 ×

Foligno didnt have the puck and it was charging. Worthy of a 12 game suspension. But if Foligno was 3 inches shorter, it would be an elbow to the head so would then be worthy of a 20 game+ suspension.

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