Niagara IceDogs goaltender Christian Sbaraglia was tossed from Thursday’s game for a violent slash to the head of Oshawa Generals forward Daniel Michaud.

Sbaraglia was given a match penalty for roughing and ejected from the game. He was replaced between the pipes with goaltender Tucker Tynan.

Oshawa scored on the the ensuing five-minute power play en route to a 4-3 win.

No word on whether further discipline may be assessed by the Ontario Hockey League.

Sbaraglia’s slash appeared to be in retaliation for an earlier exchange with Michaud. The Generals forward was crosschecked into Sbaraglia by IceDogs defenseman Drew Hunter

From the OHL Rule Book:

51.3 Match Penalty – If, in the judgment of the Referee, a goalkeeper uses his blocking glove to punch an opponent in the head or face in an attempt to or to deliberately injure an opponent, a match penalty must be assessed.

While slashing – upon review of the play – may have been the more accurate call, the net result was the same.  A match and ejection for Sbaraglia, and the possibility of supplemental disciplinary action by the league.

Referees for the game were Darcy Burchell and Morgan MacPhee. Linesmen were Kevin Hastings and Mike Harrington.