Not To Point Fingers, But This Interaction Between An OHL PLayer And An Official Seemed Rather Avoidable
BarDown- The London Knights have jumped out to a 2-0 series lead on the Niagara IceDogs in the OHL Championship Series, and the IceDogs don't have a whole lot of positives to take from going into Game 3 Monday night. They are truly a frustrated looking group of hockey players right now.
During Game 2 of the series, defenceman Vince Dunn showed his frustration when he wasn't pleased with a goal call, skating around the ice before approaching the referee at centre to have a few words before the puck was dropped. Dunn was given a penalty on the play, and skated his way to the penalty box sarcastically clapping at the refs decision.
Far be it for me to tell the IceDogs head coach how to do his job, but this probably would have been a hell of a time for a line change. There's something to be said for an aggressive kid with a chip on his shoulder, but I think you just to draw the line when he's channeling his frustrations to circle the referee like a blood thirsty shark. Might want to call Vince Dunn back over the boards to simmer down for a shift considering he's doing his best to incite a fight with an official. I suppose I am glad he was left on so he could make a complete ass of himself and give us the classic visual of him clapping his way into the box. Still, something tells me the braintrust behind the bench had ample evidence that he had every intention of doing something dumb. He was basically hawking a stationary ref like he was impatiently waiting to swoop in on his prey. I don't want to speak to the lengths of this kid's stupidity, but I have to imagine this was only one passive aggressive comment from the official away from turning physical. Not saying your players need to speak to be choir boys out there, but when the chirps turn into intimidation tactics it might be time to abandon the line matching and trust one of your defenseman who's not treating a face-off like the initial stages of a boxing match.