Two female youth hockey players are facing charges following an investigation into a minor hockey disturbance in Stonewall earlier this year.
The charges stem from an alleged assault of the referees during a bantam minor hockey league championship game between Stonewall and Lake Manitoba First Nation (Dog Creek) on March 30.
Stonewall RCMP were called to the local arena after tempers flared both on the ice and in the stands during the game.
One of the suspects, a 13-year-old on the Dog Creek team, is alleged to have shot the puck at the three officials during a stoppage in play. She is facing an assault charge.
Another Dog Creek player, a 14-year-old, is also alleged to have physically struck two of the officials. She is facing an assault with a weapon charge.
There were no serious injuries.
The two youths are not in police custody. They will appear in Stonewall’s provincial court on Sept. 29.
In late April, the Interlake Minor Hockey Association voted to ban all Lake Manitoba First Nation bantam and midget hockey teams for a one-year period as part of a crackdown against on-ice violence.
It was also announced by Hockey Manitoba a male player from Lake Manitoba who shoved a linesman escorting him off the ice was suspended until Dec. 15, 2014, and the 13-year-old female player who allegedly shot the puck at a referee was suspended until Jan. 1, 2015. The longest suspension levied was to the 14-year-old female player who allegedly assaulted a linesman. She was suspended until Sept. 1, 2015.
At the time, Interlake referees called the punishment a "joke" and said they would not continue to work games involving teen players from Lake Manitoba because of ongoing safety concerns. That position was taken into consideration by the IMHA executive when the ban on all Lake Manitoba teams was announced.