Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Double Overtime Thriller
Brayden Point has the Moose Jaw Warriors one game away from advancing to the 2nd round of the WHL playoffs. The recently turned 16 year old scored in double overtime as the Moose Jaw Warriors outlasted the Pats 5-4 in what was an absolute thriller at the Brandt Centre Tuesday night.
I give both teams a lot of credit for keeping up the pace in that one as it was back and forth hockey for most of the night. They both deserve every accolade that comes their way. As for referees Nathan Wieler and Brett Montsion, they should be lucky to call a Timbits game again this season after their effort. I am not going to sit here and tell you the Pats got screwed by the officiating in Game 4, but one call certainly changed the complexion of this game and arguably the series.
With just over seven minutes to play, a Warriors defenceman and Dyson Stevenson went into the corner to chase a loose puck. Stevenson hit the Moose Jaw player and the refs arm came up. I didn't know what the ref was going to call against Stevenson and I still don't know if I believe what he called. A five minute major for "clipping" was assessed. Clipping? Yes, clipping. In all the years I have watched hockey, I have never seen a clipping penalty called. I verified each and every SJHL gamesheet last year and at no time, did I ever see a clipping penalty. I don't think I even knew hockey had such a penalty. In a game in which the two teams were battling tooth and nail, I don't even think a penalty would have been warranted in that situation and before you Moose Jaw fans start crowing, I'd be just as harsh if this happened to one of your players as well. While I, and many others supporting both teams tried to figure out what had been called, Moose Jaw tied it up setting the stage for Point's heroics in the 5th period. I kept waiting in the overtime for a roughing the passer call to be made or an illegal skater downfield. I'm sorry, but that's a terrible call. Would Moose Jaw have scored to send the game into overtime? We will never know, but Regina fans will tell you this series could be easily tied at 2 going back to Mosaic Place and some Moose Jaw fans will say the same thing because they did say it on the way out.
The result leaves Moose Jaw with a 3-1 lead in the series. They can close it out Friday night on home ice. For the Pats, they can only hope to get one more home game in this series. If this was the last time that Pats fans see Jordan Weal in a home uniform, they can say that in his last game on Brandt Centre ice his team got a raw deal and for that they can thank Misters Wieler and Montsion for their poor, poor performance which was inconsistent and horrible for both sides yet magnified by the horrid and somewhat mystifying clipping call.
BTW: If you listened to "Sportscage" before the game, who said it was going into double overtime?