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Defensemen suspended for hits to head

12/29/2010 - NHL

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Slovakian defensemen Martin Marincin and Peter Hrasko have been issued multigame suspensions for hits to the head during a 6-1 loss to the United States at the world junior hockey championships.

Marincin was suspended four games for a vicious elbow that left forward Jason Zucker woozy in the third period Tuesday. Hrasko was suspended three games for a hit on forward Jerry D'Amigo in the first period.

Both Slovaks were ejected and faced an automatic one-game suspension. Disciplinary judge Dan Marouelli ruled Wednesday that further suspensions were warranted.

Canadian forward Zack Kassian has also been suspended two games for a hit that knocked out Czech Republic defenseman Petr Senkerik in a 7-2 win Tuesday.