According to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League website, Michael Mastrangelo has been suspended three games for “physical abuse of official.”
The incident happened following Sunday’s Saint John Sea Dogs win over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. With both benches cleared and on the ice after the final buzzer went, Mastrangelo was involved in a fight with the Drakkar’s Alexis Vanier. Hockey Fights Plus has video of the post-game rough stuff but it isn’t clear where Mastrangelo abused an official.
[UPDATE: Look at the bottom of the video at the 18-second mark. Mastrangelo enters the screen and watch where he goes.]
QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau was at Harbour Station for the game to make things even more awkward.
Earlier in the game, Sea Dogs head coach Mike Kelly had to hold Mastrangelo back from getting involved in a scrum in front of the Saint John bench.
Page 66 of the QMJHL rule book has a section on physical abuse of officials.
Mastrangelo, who is second on the Sea Dogs in penalty minutes, has been involved in five fights this season according to HockeyFights.com. He was suspended for two games earlier this month after instigating a fight. The 19-year old has one goal in 17 games with Saint John this season.
The Dogs are on the road on Wednesday and Thursday before returning home to host Rimouski on Sunday.