The NHL suspended Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson three games on Wednesday for an illegal hit on Pittsburgh's Zach Aston-Reese.
The league announced the suspension less than 24 hours after Wilson broke Aston-Reese's jaw with a violent collision near the Washington bench in the second period of Washington's 4-3 Game 3 victory over the Penguins .
Aston-Reese was stickhandling near the Capitals bench when Wilson drilled the rookie with his left shoulder. The force propelled Wilson up into the Washington bench while Aston-Reese lay on the ice for several moments before skating off. He was later diagnosed with a concussion and a broken jaw.
The NHL's Department of Player Safety ruled Wilson made Aston-Reese's head the initial point of contact during the collision, pointing out that Wilson did not have to pivot to his left side to hit Aston-Reese.
The league said Aston-Reese made no sudden movement at the last second that made contact unavoidable. The league pointed out several ways Wilson could have finished the play legally only to instead launch himself at Aston-Reese.
"He extends up and into the hit unnecessarily," the league said in a video.
While Wilson was not penalized during the game, the league's Department of Player Safety called for a hearing on Wednesday.
This isn't the first time this season Wilson has been disciplined by the league. He was forced to sit out two preseason games following a late hit on St. Louis Blues rookie Robert Thomas and was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for boarding Blues forward Sammy Blais shortly after his return.
The league pointed out Wilson's status as a repeat offender as a factor in the length of the suspension it handed out.
Game 4 is scheduled for Thursday night in Pittsburgh.
Men's college lacrosse
Towson 's Goodrich honored by CAA
The Towson men's lacrosse team has only one player on the Colonial Athletic Association's first team, but Zach Goodrich earned the conference's Defensive Player of the Year honor, the league announced Wednesday. Freshman long-stick midfielder Koby Smith was chosen to the CAA second team. The Lutherville resident and Loyola Blakefield graduate was also placed on the All-Rookie team, where he was joined by a pair of teammates in redshirt freshman goalkeeper Shane Brennan and freshman attackman Phil Wies. Delaware senior midfielder Will Hirschmann (Archbishop Spalding) was named to the second team.
America East honors: UMBC junior midfielder Billy Nolan (Arundel) and sophomore defenseman Nick Griffin (Liberty) were named first-team All-America East Conference. Junior defenseman Jason Brewster made the second team and freshmen attackman Steven Zichelli (Severna Park) and goalkeeper Tommy Lingner earned spots on the conference's All-Rookie team.
— Edward Lee
Capitals' Wilson suspended three games for hit to head
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been suspended three playoff games for an illegal check to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese in Game 3 of the teams' second-round series. This is Wilson's third suspension of the season — he was suspended twice in the preseason — so he's considered a "repeat offender." Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Aston-Reese had a broken jaw and a concussion as a result of the collision.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan, The Washington Post
Capitals signings: Washington announced the signings of forward Juuso Ikonen to a two-year, two-way contract and forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby to a three-year entry-level contract, both beginning in the 2018-19 season.
Varsity boys basketball
Poly's Lewis invited to USA under-17 training camp
Poly's Justin Lewis was one of 24 players invited to training camp for the USA Men's Basketball Under-17 World Cup team June 15-18 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The finalists, expected to be named June 18, will continue training camp in Colorado Springs, and the 12-member roster will be named before the team's departure for the competition June 23. The FIBA U17 World Cup will be played June 26-July 8 in Rosario and Santa Fe, Argentina.
Mid-Atlantic Jr. Maccabi Games head to Baltimore
The Mid-Atlantic Mini & Junior Maccabi Games begin Sunday at Rosenbloom Owings Mills Jewish Community Center, marking the event's 20th anniversary. The one-day competition will start at 8:30 a.m. with opening ceremonies at the facility and fan out to eight Baltimorea-area schools and sporting venues. The Olympic-style tournament for boys and girls ages 9-12 includes competitions in basketball, soccer, baseball, swimming and tennis. For more information, contact email@example.com.
NFL: The Ravens waived running back John Crockett. Crockett, 26, spent much of last season on the practice squad.
— Jeff Zrebiec
Men's college lacrosse: Ethan Christensen had eight goals and JT Thelen had six to lead host Stevenson (11-6) to a 22-7 win over Lycoming (10-7) in a Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth semifinal. The Mustangs advanced to Saturday's championship.