When the Barrie Colts start their playoff series Thursday March, 22 at home to the Mississauga Steelheads, they’ll be without top player Andrei Svechnikov.
On Tuesday, the OHL suspended Svechnikov four games for an infraction from their final game of the season on Saturday. A little more than seven minutes into the third period of a 10-3 win over the Sudbury Wolves, Svechnikov received a five-minute major and game misconduct for a hit to the head penalty.
Earlier in the game, Svechnikov scored a goal, his 40th of the season. He finished the year with 72 points in just 44 games.
Barrie’s 42-21-4-1 record placed them second in the Eastern Conference and earned them a Round 1 matchup against the seventh-placed Steelheads, who fell back to a .500 record after reaching the OHL final a year ago.