The Cardiff Devils got a bit of good news ahead of their meeting with SC Bern in their second game of their Champions Hockey League campaign as Bern forward Mark Arcobello will miss the game through suspension, the first one of the 2018/19 CHL season.
The 30-year old forward received a one game ban from the CHL following an incident stemming from Bern’s 2 – 1 win over the Växjö Lakers.
In the late stages of the game on Thursday, Arcobello delivered a hit on Växjö forward Brendan Shinnimin, after he’d already made a pass.
After the pass is made, Arcobello committed himself to the hit, and is deemed to have used excessive force against a player no longer in possession of the puck, where he is expected to avoid or minimise any contact with the opposing play who is no longer the puck carrier.
Arcobello was assessed a two-minute interference call on the play, but the CHL Player Safety Committee have upgrades this to a one game suspension, meaning he misses tonight’s clash with the Cardiff Devils.
A former NHLer, who appeared in 139 games for the Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Arizona Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs, Arcobello is in his third year with SC Bern, and has been one of the leading point scorers for the team since he arrived in Switzerland in 2016.
He’s notched 9 points in both his previous CHL campaigns, and assisted on the first goal of this years campaign for SC Bern already.
In his first year in Switzerland he was named league MVP, after posting a 55-point season in 50 games, and the following year was part of the US Olympic roster at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
While the absence of Mark Arcobello means the Devils will not have to try and contain one of the teams star forwards, it won’t be an easy ride for Cardiff, as SC Bern have a great team overall who should do just fine even without one of their key guys.
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