The ECHL has suspended Travis Howe of the Fort Wayne Komets for nine games for his actions during – and prior to – Saturday’s game against the Wheeling Nailers.

Howe reportedly had a verbal altercation with Wheeling’s Tyler Drevitch during warm-ups.  After the players left the ice, Howe entered the Nailers’ locker room, continuing the verbal exchange with players and team staff.

Howe picked up 26 penalty minutes during the game, including 22 at 19:55 of the third period which included a minor for cross-checking and misconducts for abuse of officials and an inappropriate gesture, according to the Journal Gazette’s Justin Cohn.

From the ECHL:

The ECHL on Tuesday announced that Fort Wayne’s Travis Howe has been suspended for nine games and fined an undisclosed amount as a result of his actions in ECHL Game #210, Wheeling at Fort Wayne, on March 6.

Howe is fined and suspended under Rule #28 – Supplementary Discipline as a result of his actions prior to the game and at 19:55 of the third period.

Howe will miss Fort Wayne’s games at Indy (March 11), at Wheeling (March 12 and March 13), at South Carolina (March 19, March 20 and March 21) and vs. Indy (March 26, March 27 and March 28).

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association, player fines collected by the ECHL are given to the PHPA for its ECHL Player’s Hardship Fund.