WJHC: Will Mathew Dumba be suspended for a knee hit on Erik Karlsson?

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Team Canada lost 3-0 to Team Sweden today, but Mathew Dumba was given a 5-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for kneeing.

In the second period of the game between Canada and Sweden. Minnesota Wild prospect Mathew Dumba hit Carolina Hurricanes prospect Erik Karlsson. Dumba was given a major and a game misconduct for kneeing.

Karlsson didn't return after the incident. You can see the hit here via HockeyWebCast. TSN has also a video of the hit, but I'm not sure if people in the US can view it.

Dumba could face supplementary discipline. If he's suspended, it's going to be a tricky situation for Team Canada. They might start the tournament, which is starting on December 26th, with 5 defensemen. That really seems to be an unlikely scenario to happen though. They've until Christmas to officially finalize their roster.

For the record, Alexander Edler was suspended 2 games during the 2013 IIHF World Championship for a knee hit on Eric Staal. The IIHF then added 2 additional games to Edler, but it doesn't matter in this case.

If Dumba is suspended, it's fair to think that he'd probably get 1 or 2 games. It's definitely not something we like to see, but we'll find out later.




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