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Damiani suspended five games for flipping puck into crowd

The incident happened Sunday afternoon, following Kingston's empty net goal
Riley Damiani
Riley Damiani pockets his first of three goals against the Saginaw Spirit on Friday, November 26. Mark Pare/KitchenerToday

The OHL has handed down a five-game suspension to Kitchener Rangers forward Riley Damiani.

This follows an incident Sunday afternoon, when the Dallas Stars prospect inadvertently flipped the puck into the crowd following Kingston's empty net goal to make it 4-1.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the suspension was not listed on the OHL website.

Nonetheless, Damiani will be eligible to play on New Year's Day, when the Rangers host the Peterborough Petes.

This follows a five-game suspension handed down to Mississauga Steelheads star Owen Tippett, also not listed on the site.

Tippett, also a Team Canada hopeful for the World Junior Hockey Championship, flipped a foam puck into the crowd at the end of the second period December 7 against Oshawa, the team the Blueshirts host for Teddy Bear Toss Night Tuesday night.

Flipping the puck carries an automatic five games, but it was initially reported that when the OHL took the foam puck into consideration, they lowered it to one game.

The OHL has since posted both Damiani and Tippett on their suspensions page, both receiving five games.

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