Thursday, March 29, 2012
WARRIORS 5 PATS 4 (2 OT)
The Warriors led 1-0 after one period and 3-2 after two but Regina held a 4-3 advantage late in the gane. Regina's goals came from Jordan Weal, Kyle Burroughs and Martin Marincin (2).
However a five minute major for clipping by the Pats' Dyson Stevenson allowed the Warriors to tie it and send the game to double overtime and that set the stage for Point's heroics. The Pats were livid with the call and they have a right to be. It used to be in this league you needed to be carried off on a stretcher before a five minute major was awarded in the playoffs. Now, you can get it for "clipping". I've now seen that call made twice in the past 20 years and the last time, 10 years ago, it was a two minute minor.
Here's the Wikipedia definition of clipping: "Clipping is a penalty in the sport of ice hockey. It is generally recognized as hitting an opposing player at or below the other player's knees. Clipping should not be confused with hip checking, where one player hits an opponent with his hips, although occasionally a hip check will result in a clipping call. A player is generally assessed a minor penalty for clipping, unless an injury is caused, in which case a major penalty and a misconduct or game misconduct will result. It is one of the least-called penalties in the sport. Additionally, Rule 639(a) of the USA Hockey Rulebook states: 'Any player who deliberately leaves his feet and contacts an opponent with any part of his body thereby causing the opponent to trip or fall shall be assessed a minor penalty (Clipping).(Note 3) This rule does not apply to a player who has dropped to his knee(s) to block a shot.'
The Pats now face elimination in Game 5 Friday night in Moose Jaw at 7:00 (Press Box Sports Bar Pregame Show at 6:35 pm).
(Photo taken on my Prairie Mobile BlackBerry Torch)