Peterborough Petes forward Quinton Pagé has been suspended four games for an altercation during Monday’s preseason game against the Oshawa Generals. 

With Peterborough trailing by one five minutes into the third, Oshawa’s Tristan Delisle hits the Petes’ Braydon McCollum into the boards. Pagé took offense, dropping his gloves and sucker-punching Delisle. 

Pagé was given a major penalty for fighting along with an ejection for acting as the aggressor in an altercation, under rule 46.2:

The aggressor in an altercation shall be the player who continues to throw punches in an attempt to inflict punishment on his opponent who is in a defenseless position or who is an unwilling combatant.

A player who is deemed to be the aggressor of an altercation shall be assessed a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct. A player who is deemed to be the aggressor of an altercation will have this recorded as an aggressor of an altercation for statistical and suspension purposes.


Clip courtesy Scott Arnold via Twitter.

 A handful of additional penalties were handed out during that sequence, including roughing minors to McCallum, Delisle, and Oshawa’s Caeden Heins – who also picked up an unsportsmanlike conduct call. 

Oshawa won the game 5-3. The two teams combined for 59 penalty minutes, the most so far this preseason in the Ontario Hockey League. Referees were Aaron Neely and Mitch Muhvic; linesmen were Brian Birkhoff and Quinn Hanna.

Pagé will miss one preseason match, but is eligible to play in Peterborough’s final two preseason games, coming against the Kingston Frontenacs and the Niagara IceDogs.

He’ll also sit for the first three games of the regular season. Pagé is eligible to return on October 12 when the Petes host the London Knights.