Two games for Knight fighter

February 21, 2024

What was initially an indefinite suspension has turned into a mere two game ban for London Knights enforcer Sawyer Boulton.

The Ontario Hockey League has confirmed the two game suspension for Boulton, who was given an instigator penalty relative to a fight with Soo Greyhounds defenseman Matthew Virgilio during the final five minutes of a February 16 game in London.

Sawyer Boulton

The indefinite suspension was the result of the 19-year old Boulton being a repeat offender this season and it was thought that the OHL might come down hard on the rugged forward. But in the end, the OHL concluded that a two game suspension was sufficient for the recent altercation between Boulton and Virgilio in a game in which the Knights lost 8-2 to the Greyhounds.

A free signee by the Knights this season, Boulton had already been on the OHL suspension list for infractions that included a 10-game ban for a hit to the head of Greyhounds forward Bryce McConnell-Barker and a three game sentence for a staged fight with Jackson Stewart of the Owen Sound Attack.

Boulton has played in 32 games for the Knights this season and has two goals, two assists, four points and 47 minutes in penalties. Last season, while playing for the El Paso Rhinos of the North American Hockey League, Boulton had no points in 30 games while racking up 110 minutes in penalties.

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