The Greely boys’ ice hockey team was forced to forfeit a pair of victories after unintentionally allowing a player to return early from suspension.
During a game back on Dec. 10 against York, Greely forward Tommy Thompson was ejected from the game along with York’s Zach Franklin and Nick Walsh for fighting during the second period of a game in which Greely won, 13-0.
Thompson would miss the next the team’s next game against Gardiner where they’d win 6-1 on Jan. 12. He returned to the lineup for a 5-2 victory against St. Dom’s on Jan. 19 and a 5-2 win over Yarmouth just two days later on Jan. 21.
However, according to an update in the rules by the Maine Principals’ Association, the punishment for fighting had increased from a one-game suspension to a two-game suspension.
According to the Portland Press Herald, Greely coach was unaware of the change until after the fact.
The team self-reported the violation upon learning of the infraction.
Greely had stood 9-2-0 prior to the forfeiture, but now have a 7-4-0 record and currently sit in second place in Class B West, behind Camden Hills, the lone undefeated team in the state at 10-0-0.
Greely will face the Windjammers at Falmouth Family Ice on Feb. 11, and again at Midcoast Recreational Center in Rockland, four days later on Feb. 15.