Thursday, December 10, 2015

Video: Molly Engstrom Earns NWHL's First Suspension for Sucker Punch

Molly Engstrom of the Connecticut Whale earned a one-game suspension for this all-out assault of Meghan Duggan of the Buffalo Beauts. It's the first player suspension in NWHL history (woo hoo!). Watch video above as Engstrom first bullies, then sucker-punches Duggan behind the play. According to Yahoo's Puck Daddy, Greg Wyshynski, the NWHL used video from a rink security camera to mete out its case against Engstrom.

Duggan did not return to the game and Engstrong was given a major and a game misconduct on the play.

One game seems a bit lenient, but since the NWHL only has an 18-game season, it's equivalent to a five and a half game suspension in the NHL.