Who says the NHL has the monopoly on questionable calls and
controversial outcomes? The Calgary Hitmen would tell you that they have some
bones to pick with the WHL after a very controversial call wound up being the
difference in game 5 of their playoff series with the Kootenay Ice. Neither
team has played all that well in this series with both teams winning on the
other's ice making home ice more of a curse than an advantage.
Adam Tambellini (NYR 2013 3rd) and his Calgary Hitmen were
looking to take control back in this playoff series but that was not to be as
the Kootenay Ice would win a very disputed 6-5 game. Mackenzie Skapski (NYR
2013 6th) found himself on the bench having played poorly so far in this series
leaving Kootenay's fate in the hands of rookie goalie Wyatt Hoflin. At the
start it did not look like it was a smart move as Adam Tambellini would get his
Hitmen on the board with a power play goal just 2:04 into the game and on
Calgary's first shot of the game.
Kootenay would answer back with a power play goal of their
own at 5:56 to tie up the game. Kootenay would then take the lead on an even
strength goal at 19:15 taking a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. 55
seconds into the second period Kootenay would make it 3-1 with another even strength
goal but Calgary would cut the lead to just 1 goal with an even strength goal
Kootenay would then make it a 4-2 lead with a goal at 5:18
as they chased Calgary's starting goalie Chris Driedger who had given up 4
goals on 14 shots. Driedger's replacement Mack Shields was not much help as he
gave up a goal at 6:23 to make it 5-2 Kootenay. Calgary would get a goal back
with a power play goal at 18:28 and it looked like Calgary was turning the
Then the "fun" happened as Kootenay depending on
who you support either scored a good goal with 0.1 of a second left in the
second period or if you are Calgary it was a phantom goal with the replay
officials using a clock that was not in sync with the game clock. To be honest
my problem was more that there wasn't a clear ruling by the official Matt Kirk
before they went to the replay.
As they reviewed each replay the clock being shown with the
replays in the arena showed that there was no time left on the clock thus no
goal. There were a lot of shocked folks when the call was "good goal"
and a 6-3 Kootenay lead. The WHL explained in a press release
STATEMENT REGARDING GOAL AT THE
END OF THE SECOND PERIOD IN CALGARY
CALGARY, AB - The Western Hockey League's Hockey Operations
department issued the following statement regarding the goal awarded to the
Kootenay Ice at the end of the second period during their game against the
"The video evidence in the Video Goal Judge booth
clearly showed the puck had crossed the line with 0.1 seconds remaining on the
clock. The Video Goal Judge booth is considered the official time clock when
reviewing goals and is the same system utilized by the
Calgary coach Mike
Williamson in the post game was quoted </a>as saying
"Apparently, there's two clocks," Williamson said. "They
are very close but not completely in sync. "The one they showed on the
replay was a tenth of a second ahead I guess."
Calgary then should blame themselves for not making sure
their own clocks were not in sync. In any event, that goal just about sucked
the life from the crowd and for a long while the Hitmen themselves. The Hitmen
would score to make it 6-4 at the 12:50 mark and then Tambellini would score
his 2nd goal of the game at 18:46 to make it a one goal game but that was as
close as it would get for Calgary.
Kootenay gets to head back home with a 3-2 lead in the
series and waiting for them back in Kootenay for Saturday night will be Tim
Bozon who is going to be released from a Saskatoon hospital on Friday. Bozon
who contracted Meningitis and at once point was placed in a medically induced
coma has recovered and will be dropping the opening puck for Game 6.
It will be some game on Saturday night.
In Saginaw Adam Pelech (NYI 2012 3rd) and Troy Donnay (NYR
2013 UFA) along with their Erie Otter teammates are advancing to the second
round of the OHL's Western Conference playoffs. The Otters eliminated Jesse
Graham (NYI 2012 6th) and the Saginaw Spirit in 5 games after a 3-2 overtime
win. Neither Pelech or Donnay scored for the Otters as they were +1 and -1
For the Spirit, Jesse Graham had a secondary assist on
Saginaw's 1st goal of the game for his 3rd assist and point of the series. Graham
ends his season 11-43-54 and I think the glut of defensemen that the Islanders
have will hurt his chances at earning a contract. Someone will invite him to
their prospect camp this summer so his professional dreams are not over yet.
The Otters now have to wait to find out who they play in the
second round as unless the OHL reseeds for the 2nd round then Erie will not
have home ice advantage unless upsets happen.
Defenseman Ryan Graves (NYR 2013 4th) and his Val-d'Or
Foreurs are advancing to the QMJHL's second round after sweeping the
Acadie-Bathurst Titans out with an 8-2 win. Graves was scoreless on 2 shots
with an "even" and 2 hits while somehow losing a faceoff. I would
have liked to have seen how that happened.
The Foreurs will have home ice in the second round as the
3rd seed in the field of 8 teams.