Billaney handed 16 game ban
Portage Terrier forward Braden Billaney was suspended 16 games after receiving his third match penalty of the season. (Heather Jordan Photography)
The Portage Terriers will be without veteran forward Braden Billaney for a significant period.
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) threw the book at the Boissevain native, who was given a 16 game suspension after receiving his third match penalty of the year - a slashing infraction. A retaliatory act after taking two spears to the midsection from Drew Anderson in the dying minutes of the Dogs' final regular season game against Waywayseecappo.
"Billaney is a repeat offender having now received three match penalties this season," the league said in a statement released Monday.
The 5-foot-10, 174 pound winger was reprimanded for butt ending and head butting incidents earlier in the season.
"It's tough to lose a player like Braden at anytime," says Terriers head coach/GM Blake Spiller. "But especially at this time of year, he is a playoff type player."
The 19-year-old has tallied five goals and five assists in 33 games played for the Terriers since he was acquired from the Oil Capitals earlier in the year, where he was scoring at a near point-a-game pace with four goals and eight helpers in 13 appearances with Virden.