AHL suspends 2 Grand Rapids Griffins ahead of Game 4

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Two key players for the Grand Rapids Griffins are banned from the ice during Game 4 of the playoffs Wednesday.

The American Hockey League has suspended Griffins forwards Givani Smith and Dominic Turgeon for their actions during Tuesday night’s Central Division semifinal game against the Chicago Wolves. 

Smith’s one-game suspension is for an illegal head check to an opponent, according to the AHL.

Turgeon is suspended for two games for a “boarding incident,” the league stated.

The AHL declined to suspend any Chicago players.

Game 3 in the series was filled with brawls and ugly moments on the ice, including a 5-minute ejection for Grand Rapids’ Dylan McIlrath for colliding with Chicago’s Tyler Wong, who was carted off on a stretcher. Nevertheless, the Griffins pulled off a 6-2 win at home, taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.

Game 4 at Van Andel Arena starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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