Team Russia will be without two players for its first game of the 2017 Women’s World Championship.

Forwards Anna Shokhina and Olga Sosina have been suspended one game for their actions during a March 28 exhibition game against Switzerland.

 

Sosina was given a match penalty for kicking a player (IIHF Rule 152i)

RULE 152 – KICKING DEFINITION: A player who generates a swinging motion with his skate directed at any part of an opponent’s body.
i. A player who kicks or attempts to kick an opponent will be assessed a match penalty

Shokhina received a match penalty 69 seconds before the end of regulation. While the release from the IIHF says the call was for tripping, they cite IIHF Rule 159iii, which relates to slashing.

RULE 159 – SLASHING DEFINITION: A player who swings his stick, with one hand or two, at any part of an opponent’s body or equipment. Contact to the opponent is not necessary for the penalty to be assessed.

i. Tapping the stick of the puck carrier is not considered slashing if it is limited to hitting the stick for the sole purpose of trying to make the opponent lose possession of the puck. Forceful contact, especially if it results in breaking either the opponent’s stick or the player’s own stick, is considered slashing.

iii. A player who injures or recklessly endangers an opponent by slashing will be assessed a major penalty and game-misconduct penalty or a match penalty.

RULE 167 – TRIPPING DEFINITION: A player who knocks an opponent to the ice using his stick, foot, or leg.

iv. A player who injures or recklessly endangers an opponent by tripping will be assessed a major penalty and game-misconduct penalty or match penalty.

No boxscore was available from the game to confirm the initial calls.

From the IIHF:

In accordance with the IIHF Disciplinary Code Art. 14.1.2 all disciplinary matters occurring during an exhibition game within seven days of an IIHF Championship must be dealt with by the chairperson of the directorate and in accordance with Art. 14.1.3 all match penalties are to be reviewed.

For both players it was decided not to impose further sanctions than the mandatory one-game suspension for a match penalty. In accordance with Art. 10.5.4 the suspension rendered during an exhibition game are served during the Championship immediately following the exhibition period meaning that both players will be suspended for Russia’s first game today against Finland and will be eligible to play in their team’s second game.

 

Russia plays Finland on Friday.  Sosina and Shokhina will be eligible to return for Saturday’s game against Team USA.