Beyond The Benches

ECHL Announces Suspension of Alaska Aces Defenseman John Ramage

The ECHL announced the one-game suspension and fine of Alaska Aces defenseman John Ramage on Saturday due to an elbow that went unpenalized during Game 4.

Ramage will be suspended for Game 5 and will pay an undisclosed fine for elbowing Cincinnati Cyclones forward Josh Shalla with a little over seven minutes remaining in the second period. The suspension and fine fall under ECHL Rule #28 – Supplementary Discipline.

Aces coach Rob Murray expressed his opinion on the play.

“Ramage’s elbowing came in the second period on Cincy’s Josh Shalla, who is a scratch tonight, which is likely why Ramage got docked a game,” Murray told Anchorage Daily News.

With Ramage out, the Aces will have to make yet another change in their lineup. Defenseman Kane Lafranchise, usually paired in the Aces’ top defensive pair with Ramage, is out with a lower body injury and will not play in Game 5. Taking his place will be Drew Mackenzie, according to Murray. The Aces will have to decide between Zach Davies or James Martin to fill in for Ramage. Winger Alex Belzile will return after missing the last three games to replace Ross Ring-Jarvi in the lineup.



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