The Hershey Bears may have to play Game 5 of their Calder Cup playoff series on Sunday without the services of defenceman Madison Bowey.
Bowey was ejected from Game 4 on Friday night after catching Toronto Marlies forward Kasperi Kapanen with an elbow to the head.
The 21-year-old Washington Capitals prospect was assessed a five-minute major for elbowing and a game misconduct.
If the hit wasn’t bad enough, as Bowey was being escorted to the penalty box, he appeared to utter a slur in Kapanen’s direction.
According to Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun, Marlies officials are reviewing the game tape for a possible slur Bowey directed at Kapanen, and will pursue further discipline.
Kapanen left the game with 8:21 remaining in the third and did not return to the game.
The American Hockey League sent a message when dealing with headshots earlier this month suspending Albany Devils forward Dan Kelly 10 games for his vicious hit on Marlies rookie Andreas Johnson.
The Marlies prolonged their best of seven series with Hershey with a 5-0 win. William Nylander led the way with his first career AHL hat trick and Antoine Bibeau made 18 saves for the shutout. T.J. Brennan added four assists in the win tying a Marlies playoff record for a single game.
Hershey leads the Eastern Conference final series 3-1. The winner of the series will advance to play the Lake Erie Monsters in the Calder Cup final.