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Walser blasts Lloyd's two-match ban but warns forward

By Stuart McKinley

Derrick Walser has hit out at the decision to ban Darryl Lloyd for two games - and has also warned the forward that he can't expect to walk back into the Belfast Giants line-up when his suspension is up.

The Elite League's department of player safety upheld the match penalty that Lloyd was hit with during last Sunday's win over the Fife Flyers at the SSE Arena and then added an extra game to the automatic suspension.

This rules him out of tomorrow's home match against Manchester Storm (5pm) and next Friday's meeting with the Nottingham Panthers. It is that decision that has angered Walser, who criticised inconsistencies in the suspensions process.

"I'm not pleased and I don't believe that Darryl Lloyd deserved a two-match suspension," said Walser. "I've seen a lot worse and there were other things looked at by the disciplinary committee this week - checking from behind and head shots that didn't get two matches.

"The players have to learn though not to react, because the hammer may come down on them and it won't be from me, it'll be from the club. We'll miss Darryl Lloyd, but we can win without him and if we do then it's hard to change a winning line-up, so he might have to wait his chance to get back in."

Meanwhile, in the NCAA Friendship Four at the SSE Arena, Brown University were the first team to make the final as they steamrollered the Colgate Raiders 5-0. They will face the UMass Lowell Riverhawks, who beat the Northeastern Huskeys 3-2, at 7pm tonight.

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