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Calgary Roughnecks forward Dane Dobbie has been suspended six games after receiving a Gross Misconduct penalty for his actions in last week’s road contest against the Vancouver Warriors.
In last week’s game, Dobbie- who is the reigning NLL MVP- was given a two-minute roughing penalty following a scrum at the 9:55 mark in the fourth quarter. Calgary forward Jesse King and Vancouver defensemen Justin Salt and Tyler Cordon were also assessed roughing penalties following the incident, as well.
The scrum occurred directly following Dobbie taking a shot inside. Dobbie appeared to be shoved into the crease and hit Vancouver goalie Eric Penny. Directly following the shot, players from both teams started to go at one another. Dobbie and King did each appear wrestling on the ground with a Vancouver player during the scrum. However Dobbie popped up rather quickly and ran straight to the referee with his helmet and gloves on.
While Dobbie was assessed a roughing penalty during the game, the league has since given him a gross game misconduct. That results in an automatic match penalty with a one-game suspension. Per rule 41.1, Dobbie is a repeat offender as receives an additional five-game suspension.
Additionally, Vancouver’s Chris O’Dougherty has had his match penalty reduced to a game misconduct by the league. O’Dougherty received the match penalty at the 13:39 mark of the fourth quarter following a scrum that ended with Vancouver’s Logan Schuss and Calgary’s Zach Currier dropping the gloves.
As usual, it is likely that the PLPA will appeal the suspension on Dobbie’s behalf.