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Sea Dogs defenceman Ian Saab suspended eight games for cross-check

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BOUCHERVILLE, Que. - Saint John Sea Dogs defenceman Ian Saab has been suspended eight games for a cross-check to the face of Shawinigan Cataractes rearguard Dillon Donnelly.

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League announced Wednesday it added seven games to the one-game automatic suspension Saab got for taking a match penalty.

Late in the Cataractes' 6-2 victory on Sunday, Saab skated over to Donnelly after a melee, cross-checked him in the face and followed with a swipe with his gloved hand.

League disciplinarian Raymond Bolduc said the fact that it was not Saab's first infraction and that Donnelly was injured on the play were considered in his decision.

The Cataractes filed a concussion report to the league and told them Donnelly was undergoing further evaluation by team doctors. There has been no word from the club on the extent of the injury.

The suspension will carry into the playoffs as the defending Memorial Cup champion Sea Dogs had only three regular-season games remaining, including Wednesday night against Halifax.

Saab, who was invited to the Vancouver Canucks camp in the fall, is second in the QMJHL in penalty minutes with 164 behind Drummondville's Jonathan Oligny with 203.

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