SPHL suspends RiverHawks' Gordon one game

Newly signed rookie to miss Saturday's game

Augusta RiverHawks defenseman J.D. Gordon was suspended by the Southern Professional Hockey League this afternoon in the wake of Thursday night's win over the Huntsville Havoc.

Gordon, who signed with the team on Wednesday, made his RiverHawks debut Thursday and was ejected 11 minutes into the game. A hard hit from behind two minutes into the first period earned him a cross checking penalty, and his night ended early nine minutes later when he was given a game misconduct and five-minute major for checking from behind.

The suspension announcement came from the league office this afternoon without comment from league executives. The two-sentence statement said only that Gordon was suspended "for his actions in the RiverHawks’ game against Huntsville."

Augusta head coach Brad Ralph said after the game he was pleased with Gordon and the other three skaters who made their season debut for the RiverHawks. The 3-2 win saw Augusta reclaim sole possession of first place in the league standings.

Gordon will miss Saturday's home game against the Fayetteville FireAntz.