WHL levies penalties
Chiefs’ Sauter, Letts suspended after brawls
Spokane Chiefs coach Hardy Sauter has been suspended for a game and forward Ryan Letts indefinitely in the wake of Saturday night’s Western Hockey League donnybrook with the Tri-City Americans.
It was Letts’ charging of Ams goaltender Chet Pickard that ignited the first of two third-period line brawls between the U.S. Division rivals in a 5-2 Tri-City win. By game’s end, 342 penalty minutes and 21 game-misconduct penalties had been assessed.
Pickard reportedly suffered a concussion from the blow.
The length of Letts’ suspension remains to be determined by the WHL office. Sauter was suspended for a game for the team’s fourth multiple fight of the season, and defenseman Cory Baldwin will sit for a game after his third game misconduct of the season. The Chiefs were also fined $1,250.
For the Ams, defenseman Mitch McColm also received a to-be-determined suspension. Assistant coach Terry Virtue was fined $500 for a game misconduct, and the Ams were fined $750.