Giants are hit by Ferland ban
Jonathan Ferland has been hit hard by the Elite League's Department of Player Safety for an offence during Sunday night's 2-1 defeat to Manchester Storm.
The Belfast Giants forward has been banned for two matches, ruling him out of both his team's games this coming weekend.
Ferland was deemed to have been guilty of a check to the head of Manchester's Mike Hammond during the third period, and at the time was handed a two-minute minor penalty plus a 10-minute misconduct.
The DOPS, however, upgraded that to a match penalty, which carries with it an automatic one-match suspension, ruling Ferland out of this Saturday's trip to face the Cardiff Devils.
He will also sit out Sunday's visit to Coventry Blaze after the DOPS decided that the offence was serious enough to warrant an extra one-match ban.
Losing Ferland, who scored the Giants' goal in Manchester, will be a blow to coach Adam Keefe, who also had to do without defenceman Cole Jarrett for two matches last weekend after he was also banned by the DOPS.
The Giants will also have to contend without goaltender Stephen Murphy, defenceman Jim Vandermeer and forward Dustin Johner again this weekend as the Giants attempt to arrest a three-match losing streak.