The Alaska Aces will have to make due without third-line winger Chris Clackson in tonight's Game 4 of the ECHL Western Conference semifinals at Stockton after the league today suspended him for one game and fined him the usual "undisclosed amount.''
The Aces traveled with a spare forward, so they should dress the customary 10 forwards.
The ECHL did not cite a specific incident from Thursday night's Game 3 that prompted the suspension, but Clackson likely was busted for a hit on Thunder forward Eric Hunter on the opening shift of the second period at Stockton Arena. Hunter was down on the ice for a bit and was leaking from from the face before heading to the training room for repairs. He returned to the game.
Referee Nic Leduc did not call a penalty on that play (frankly, he didn't call much in Game 3, not the least of which was a clear hook from behind on Aces defenseman B.J. Crum during a 2-on-1 that prevented Crum from getting off a shot -- that was a big whiff for Leduc).
Clackson's a repeat offender this season. He was docked a two-game suspension in January for a cross-checking major penalty against Ontario.
Doyle Woody, email@example.com