Augusta Lynx enforcer Jessie Rezansoff defended his actions which resulted in a five-game suspension by the East Coast Hockey League on Tuesday.
The league disciplined the veteran forward for leaving the bench to fight 30 seconds into Augusta's 4-3 overtime loss to the Cottonmouths last Thursday after a Columbus player leveled Lynx rookie Patrick Yetman with what Rezansoff labeled "a cheap shot."
"I wanted to let everyone know we weren't going to stand for that kind of stuff," Rezansoff said. "I was mad, and maybe I jumped the gun and let my emotions cloud my judgment. But I felt it was my place to stick up for Yetter at that point."
Under league rules, leaving the bench to fight warrants an automatic five-game suspension. Rezansoff will miss the next five games, beginning with Friday's home match against the Florida Everblades.
"I didn't leave the bench to try and outman them or anything like that; I was just standing up for a teammate," Rezansoff said. "I understand the league's decision, but I was definitely surprised by it. I head-butted a guy last year and only got (a one-game suspension)."
Rezansoff is eligible to return for the Dec. 16 game against the Charlotte Checkers.
Veteran center Guy Larose rejoined the Lynx this week after a stint with Chicago of the American Hockey League.
The 34-year-old Larose, who played the previous three seasons with Chicago of the International League, appeared in two games with the Wolves, registering one assist.
Larose is on a two-way contract this season with Augusta and Chicago. He has tallied five goals and 19 points in 19 games with the Lynx.
AROUND THE ECHL:
After 11 pro seasons, including six in the ECHL, Arkansas RiverBlades center Jamey Hicks announced his retirement on Monday. The 32-year-old Hicks was the ECHL's MVP in 1997-98 with the Birmingham Bulls, leading the league with 119 points that season. Hicks averaged 95 points and ranked in the top 10 in scoring in each of his five seasons with Birmingham from 1996-01. He was in his first season with Arkansas. ... Police in Reading, Pa., issued Wheeling coach John Brophy a citation for harassment for allegedly throwing a cup of hot coffee on a security guard after the second period of a game vs. the Reading Royals Saturday night at Sovereign Center Arena. ECHL senior vice president of hockey operations Troy Ward told the Reading Eagle the league will investigate the matter. ... A correction to an earlier report on the ECHL's 10-game suspension of Wheeling Nailers forward and former Lynx enforcer Ken Tasker: Tasker was suspended for using physical force against an on-ice official - not an off-ice official - as he tried to fight a Johnstown player in the final seconds of the Nailers' Nov. 23 game vs. Johnstown.. ... Along with Rezansoff's suspension, the league also punished a pair of Trenton Titans on Tuesday for separate incidents from Sunday's 4-2 win over Atlantic City. The league suspended center Alain St. Hilaire three games for slew-footing an Atlantic City player and suspended rookie Pat Leahy one game for a high-sticking incident that cut Bullies forward Kevin Colley near his eye. Slew-footing involves using the feet to cut out the legs of an opponent from behind. Toledo's Jason Norrie also received a three-game suspension Tuesday for a high-sticking incident in a game vs, Dayton on Friday.
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