NWHL brawl results in suspensions, new warning system (Video)

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Sunday night’s Connecticut Whale-New York Riveters game in the NWHL ended with the Whale taking home a 6-1 victory. But the third period was marred by a brawl following a collision between Jenny Scrivens of the Riveters and Connecticut’s Danielle Long.

On Friday, the NWHL announced two suspensions and issued two warnings. 

Whale forward Michaela Long and Riveters defenseman Elena Orlando were each given one-game bans.  

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Morgan Fritz-Ward and Bray Ketchum were the first recipients of the league’s new warning system for players who performs acts that don’t quite reach the level of a suspension, with Fritz-Ward handed two warning strikes. After three warnings, the player will face a disciplinary hearing.

The NHWL’s Player Safety committee is made up of league Commissioner Dani Rylan, NWHLPA Director Erika Lawler, Patrick Burke of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, the Director of USA Hockey’s Officiating Education Program, Matt Leaf, 2014 U.S. Olympian Josephine Pucci and NWHLPA reps from the teams not involved in the incident.

The Riveters and Whale meet again on Saturday night in Connecticut, meaning Long and Orlando will each miss out on the rematch.

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