Hawks waiting on Adams ban

Jon Adams

Jon Adams

First published in Sport

BLACKBURN Hawks are waiting to hear whether Canadian import Jon Adams will miss their crucial end of season matches after being banished from the ice in their defeat to Solway.

The 24-year-old joined Hawks in November after spells with Canadian sides King Wild and South Muskoka Shield, and a period in Sweden with Malungs IF.

But Adams will be suspended for Sunday’s final league game of the season at Sutton Sting, face-off 4.30pm, and the English Ice Hockey Association are now deliberating whether he will serve a further ban for events during the 4-2 home loss to Solway at the weekend.

Adams challenged the referee’s penalty call against David Meikle and was issued with a 10-minute misconduct penalty.

That prompted further protests from the Canadian, whose loss of temper ended with him receiving a match penalty – seeing him sent from the ice.

Hawks will make representations to the EIHA to defend their player but any further suspension will see him miss crucial games in the NLN Cup and potentially the play-offs.

“We’re still waiting to hear from the league, although he will definitely miss Sunday’s game,” said Hawks player-coach Jared Owen.

“If he is missing we have still got enough in our squad to do well, but it’s a shame for him because he’s a young lad who’s come over here to play games and he’s a fans’ favourite.”

Hawks have already confirmed second place in the Moralee Conference going into the final game of the regular season.

But they then travel to Solway in their final group match in the NLN Cup on March 22, needing to finish in the top two of the group to qualify for a two-legged final on April 5 and 6. After that they will take part in the play-offs on April 12 and 13.

Chris Arnone (shoulder) and Jake Nurse (hand) will miss Sunday’s match.

“We want to win the game at Sutton,” Owen said. “Sutton and Whitley are battling for the fourth play-off place so we want to put in a performance to be fair to Whitley.

“And I’m a big believer in momentum, last year we went in on a roll before the play-offs and it’s even more important this year, with the play-offs being over one weekend.”

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