League bans Butler for five games

SUDBURY, Ont. – Head coach Stan Butler of the Brampton Battalion was informed Tuesday that he has been suspended five games for actions in an Ontario Hockey League playoff game Sunday against the Sudbury Wolves.

Butler said he received notice of the suspension via telephone from OHL vice-president Ted Baker while en route to Sudbury for the third game of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal, which the Wolves tied at one game apiece with a 5-4 victory at Brampton.

Butler, who earlier in the game incurred a bench minor for unsportsmanlike conduct, was handed a game misconduct for abuse of an official at 5:41 of the first period after Sudbury scored a third power-play goal, on a two-man advantage, to take a 3-0 lead.

Butler was incensed at referee Ryan Carroll, whose impartiality the bench boss has long questioned. Mike Cairns, the other referee, signaled the ejection.

Game 3 of the series was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, with the fourth game at Sudbury on Thursday night. The fifth game is to be played at Brampton on Friday night.

With Butler banished, assistant coaches Ryan Oulahen and Jason Ward were expected to run the Battalion bench. They called a timeout Sunday immediately after Butler was tossed, and the Troops cut their deficit to 3-2 by the end of the first period, eventually pulling into a 4-4 tie through 40 minutes.

If the series were to go seven games, Butler would be eligible to return for the second round if the Battalion advances. If the Troops win in fewer than seven games, he would miss the start of the next series. If Sudbury advances, any games not served this season would carry over into 2013-14, when the Battalion moves to North Bay.

Butler was suspended for eight games last season after berating referee Mike Marley both on and off the ice for his work in a January game against Sudbury at Brampton.

The Battalion won the series opener 4-1 at home last Thursday night.

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