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In pictures: Owen Beck is ejected for a blow to the head
Owen Beck was ejected from Game 2 of the OHL playoff final for a check to the head of Denver Barkey of the London Knights.

Here’s the sequence in question:

The gesture doesn’t seem all that intense, even looking like shoulder-to-shoulder contact. Obviously, there’s a bit of contact with the head so I understand the referees’ decision.

The OHL will soon make a decision on Owen Beck’s case. He could be suspended for one or more games for this gesture. However, I would be very surprised if there were a suspension.

The Canadian prospect’s ejection also cost the Peterborough Petes a five-minute numerical disadvantage. The score was 2-2 when the event occurred midway through the second period.

The Knights took advantage. Another CH prospect, Logan Mailloux, accepted a perfect pass before mistaking himself for Michael Cammalleri and unleashing a shot on landing with one knee on the ground.

Mailloux gave the Knights the lead with this goal.

Unfortunately for Mailloux and the Knights, the Petes did just fine without Owen Beck. The Petes scored three unanswered goals in the third period to win the game 5-3 and tie the series.

However, Mailloux can take heart from the fact that he is the OHL’s top scorer among defensemen in the playoffs. He has scored 7 goals in 17 games. He also ranks third in playoff points among the league’s defensemen.

Owen Beck, meanwhile, is the Petes’ fourth-highest scorer and is doing an excellent job on both sides of the rink. Peterborough will need him for the next few games.

In gusto

– Montreal CF on fire.

– He deserves to rest after all he’s accomplished.

– Jack Hughes was playing injured.

– Good old Lou would be back.

– There’s bound to be a bit of housekeeping.

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