Darryl Lloyd's suspension comes as real setback for Belfast Giants
Darryl Lloyd has been hit with a two-match suspension that will rule him out of the Belfast Giants' home game against Manchester Storm on Sunday.
The Canadian forward (pictured) has been banned by the Elite League's Department of Player Safety following a confrontation with a linesman during last Sunday's Challenge Cup meeting with the Fife Flyers.
Lloyd was given a match penalty for abuse of an official, which carries an automatic one-game ban, with the DOPS adding on an extra game that may also see him miss next Friday's clash with the Nottingham Panthers.
The additional ban can be appealed, but there has been no indication from the Giants as to whether that will happen.
Lloyd has already been suspended this season for a slew-footing offence against the Cardiff Devils last month.
Sunday's offence occurred just five minutes from the end of the Giants' 3-2 win over the Flyers, after the 31-year-old reacted angrily to being sent to the penalty box for interference.
With Chris Higgins back in the line-up and Mike Forney expected to return from a break in North America, player-coach Derrick Walser was hopeful that he would have a full squad available to face Manchester, but that will now not be the case.