By Andrew McGilligan
So the finals are set. The Saint John Sea Dogs will take on the Rimouski Oceanic.
It’s hard to imagine the Oceanic were on anyone’s radar at the start of the season as a potential contender for the President’s Cup. However, great play from Alex Maillet, Alex Belzile, Petr Straka and Jerome Gauthier-Leduc has the team staring down the Sea Dogs.
However, the league didn’t end up with this final without giving itself a black eye.
The Halifax Mooseheads were ousted from the playoffs on Sunday after losing a hard fought game to Rimouski.
The Mooseheads did so without their captain Cameron Critchlow. He was suspended by the league for one game because of a play on Friday night.
Trying to spark his club in Rimouski , Critchlow got into a fight and was kicked out when the referee determined Critchlow removed the opponents helmet during the scrap.
A tough call for a referee to make, but if you watched the game, it certainly appeared like that’s what happened in real time. A replay later showed this was an incorrect call.
I’m not blaming the referee in this situation. That’s what he thought he saw and made the call. Tough one to make, but sometimes they get things wrong.
What makes it even tougher to swallow for Moose fans is Critchlow has been tremendous when his team is facing elimination. Ask the Quebec Remparts who watched the New Brunswick native notch four in Game 7 at the Colisee.
I don’t mean this to diminish the accomplishments of the Oceanic. They deserved to advance and played a great series.
As for the QMJHL brass, here’s a simple truth that you should have learned as a child – two wrongs don’t make a right.
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