The American Hockey League today announced that Hershey Bears forward Beck Malenstyn has been suspended for three (3) games as a consequence of an elbowing incident in a game at Lehigh Valley on Dec. 6.
Thje incident occurred early in the third period with the Bears leading 2-1. Malenstyn would initiate contact with his back to the Phantoms player, Mark Friedman. Friedman would lay on the ice for a minute before being helped to the room. He did not return to the game.
Malenstyn will miss Hershey’s games tonight (Dec. 8) vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Dec. 14 vs. Bridgeport and Dec. 15 vs. Lehigh Valley.
In related news, Malenstyn left last night’s game against Lehigh Valley with a minute to go in regulation after suffering a hard hit and fall along the boards. He would not return to the game. It’s unclear as to his playing status regarding a potential injury, however, Bears Radio provided an update prior to Sunday night’s game.
Spencer Carbery tells me in his pregame interview that both Burgdoerfer and Malenstyn, “Probably both will miss some time here….there’s a good chance they miss next weekend as well.” Interview happened before Malenstyn suspension announced, so Beck is out next 3 for sure. #HBH
— Zack Fisch (@zackfisch) December 8, 2019
By Jon Sorensen