The IHL has suspended Dayton Gems defenseman Greg Labenski five games for elbowing the Komets' Konstantin Shafranov during a 2-1 Fort Wayne victory on Saturday night. Shafranov, who has a concussion, missed Sunday's 2-1 loss at Muskegon, Mich., and has been placed on 30-day injured reserve.
"I thought it was a blatant elbow and caused damage to the player," Fort Wayne coach Al Sims said, adding that the punishment was in keeping with an incident last season.
Komets forward Brad MacMillan was suspended five games for a similar elbow last season on Kalamazoo's Glenn Detulleo.
"MacMillan set the precedent, I think, last year and the hits were very similar," Sims said. "This was definitely a warranted suspension."
Defensman Kevin Bertram, who suffered a hamstring injury in the season opener, is expected to be back in the lineup Friday against the Muskegon Lumberjacks at Memorial Coliseum.