The IIHF have announced that defenseman Jesper B. Jensen and forward Mathias Bau of Denmark have been suspended for hits during yesterday’s game against Belarus.

Jensen’s suspension comes thanks to a dangerous hit in the first two minutes of the game on Tuesday. Belarus’ Andrei Stas was along the boards trying to make a pass to a defenseman. Before anything could be done, Jensen skated in from behind and hit forward square in the back, somehow not earning a penalty on the play. Hitting from behind is always an automatic one game suspension, thus the decision by the IIHF was correct.

Bau’s suspension was handed down due to a check-to-the-head of Yevgeni Lisovets. While skating behind the Belarus net, Lisovets was hit in the head after Bau launched up to level him hard up high. The IIHF declared that Bau had the time to aim for a clean body check, but instead ended up hitting him in the head, also an automatic one game ban.

Both players will miss Denmark’s game against Russia on Wednesday as the Danes are still searching for their first victory of the tournament.

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