Maine forward Ryan Lomberg will have to sit out Friday’s game against Northeastern following Hockey East handing down a one game suspension for an elbowing incident during Saturday’s game against Merrimack.
Hockey East stated in a press release this morning
“Hockey East has suspended University of Maine sophomore forward Ryan Lomberg (Richmond Hill, Ont.) for the Black Bears’ next game, due to an elbowing infraction that took place in the Saturday, February 15 game against Merrimack College at Alfond Arena.”
While it doesn’t directly refer to the incident other than that he elbowed someone. But after thinking about it I believe it had to do the with the injury to Merrimack goalie Sam Marotta. On the play where Marotta got injured Lomberg skated within the vicinity of Marotta and got very close to him moments before Marotta went down.
It was revealed after the game that Sam Marotta had a sprained neck as he was forced to leave due to the injury. But we’ll wait to see other reports pinpointing the exact play in question.
Another one that is up for debate was an interference penalty Lomberg received in the second. I missed the play but Lomberg was assessed a minor for interference on Jonathan Lashyn, though Lashyn flopped and was called for embellishment.
CHN’s Mike McMahon offered this alternative on twitter
@aquirko I can't remember. I'm guessing it was the hit on Kolomatis in the 2nd period (interference called) but honestly no clue
— Mike McMahon (@MikeMcMahonCHN) February 18, 2014
Nonetheless Lomberg’s impact is huge as he serves as Shore’s line mate so we’ll see how they far in this huge game on Friday night against the Northeastern Huskies. Lomberg has truly come to form in the last six weeks since American International becoming a force on the team.
Lomberg has played in all 28 games scoring 10 goals and 5 assists totaling 15 points.