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OHL suspends Rinaldo 12 games, Staal and Allicock five games apiece

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TORONTO - Barrie Colts forward Zac Rinaldo was suspended 12 games for his blindside hit on Sudbury Wolves winger Marcus Foligno, one of three ugly incidents punished Tuesday by the Ontario Hockey League.

Five-game bans were issued to Jared Staal and Kain Allicock of the Wolves for what league called "bullying actions" during the same game, a 6-2 Barrie playoff victory Sunday.

Staal attacked an opponent with his stick while Allicock jumped a player before a faceoff.

Rinaldo, a 19-year-old Philadephia Flyers draft pick, was given a five-minute interference major and a game misconduct for a hit that was reminiscent of several scary collisions in hockey this season.

Foligno was skating out from behind the net, didn't have the puck, and was looking the other way when a hard-charging Rinaldo lowered his shoulder into him. Foligno dropped straight to the ice afterwards.

In a release, the OHL said, "a player must at all times respect his opponent, especially when the opposition player is in a vulnerable position on the ice."

Staal - a Phoenix Coyotes draft pick and the younger brother of Eric, Jordan and Marc - was punished for his crosscheck on Colts forward Alexander Burmistrov. Staal received slashing and cross-checking penalties plus a game misconduct during the contest.

Allicock was suspended for jumping Colts captain Stefan Della Rovere before a faceoff late in the game and then wrestling with officials as they tried to keep the players apart. He received seven minutes in penalties and two game misconducts during the contest.

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