Call it a six-pack. But it’s still tough to down for Kamloops Blazers sniper Brendan Ranford.
The Western Hockey League suspended Ranford for six games Tuesday for his part in an incident involving an official from a March 11 5-1 loss against the Kelowna Rockets.
In the second period of the game, a frustrated Ranford took a slashing penalty. Escorted to the penalty box, Ranford cross-checked an official. He was issued an instant game misconduct. Ranford was suspended indefinitely.
The suspension ends the regular season for Ranford, who is currently ninth in league scoring with 86 points in 68 games. The ban couldn’t come at a worse time for the Blazers. Kamloops currently trails the Everett Silvertips by two points for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Everett has two games at hand.
Ranford was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers and is the nephew of former NHL goaltender Bill Ranford.
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