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OHL suspends Saginaw's Pawlaczyk 15 games; Brampton's O'Neil handed 10-game ban

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TORONTO - The Ontario Hockey League dished out some lengthy suspensions Wednesday.

The league suspended three players a total of 30 games for three separate incidents.

Saginaw Spirit left-winger Dean Pawlaczyk has been suspended 15 games for a check to the head in a Nov. 6 game against the Plymouth Whalers.

Pawlaczyk nailed Whalers defenceman Austin Levy behind the Plymouth net and was handed a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

The OHL cited the distance Pawlaczyk travelled, the hit to the head and the fact that he's a repeat offender in handing out the ban. Levy was not injured on the play.

Meanwhile, Brampton Battalion left-winger Alex O'Neil will sit out 10 games for a check to the head against the Niagara IceDogs on Nov. 11.

O'Neil hit unsuspecting Niagara defenceman Frank Schumacher in the head and was also assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

The league said the fact Schumacher didn't see the hit to the head coming and that he was injured on the play contributed to the 10-game suspension.

Finally, London Knights centre Ryan Rupert will sit out five games for a slashing incident Nov. 11 against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

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