Thursday, May 24, 2012

Dogs, Cats Fined $2,500

The Saint John Sea Dogs are making quite a financial impact at the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

The Sea Dogs and Shawinigan Cataractes were both fined $2,500 today by the Memorial Cup Hockey Operations Disciplinary Committee today for “conduct prejudicial to the welfare of the game and the tournament.”

Last night’s nasty 4-1 Sea Dogs victory has been making headlines thanks to some questionable hits, fights late in the third, and the two coaching staffs yelling at each other after the game. It was quite the contest that may have concluded a feisty Sea Dogs-Cataractes rivalry that has been taking place over the past year.

Things got started in warm up when Ian Saab and Dillon Donnelly had to be kept apart by a linesman. During the game, there were plenty of plays that could have resulted in major penalties but were just called minors. Stephen MacAulay and Morgan Ellis both made cross checks to opposing player’s necks, Jonathan Racine put a nasty elbow on Tomas Jurco, and Michael Chaput hit Ryan Tesink from behind just to name a few.

After Jonathan Huberdeau scored into an empty net with 1:32 left to make it 4-1 Saint John, things really got heated. Grant West and Vincent Arseneau dropped the gloves at 19:18. The Cataractes then put Donnelly on the ice for the ensuing faceoff who was given a 10-minute misconduct. Buzzing The Net has a great article on that situation with quotes from Cats coach Eric Veilleux.

There was a lot more rough stuff in the final minute. After the final buzzer went, the Sea Dogs’ Mike Kelly and Veilleux climbed the glass separating the team benches to get in a yelling match.

"I wasn't climbing the glass,” said Veilleux. “I was just asking Gerard why he had to spend so much time talking to the maritime referee."

This after Sea Dogs head coach Gerard Gallant was fined $500 earlier this week for comments he made about his team always being on the short end of the stick with the officiating.

These two teams combined for 72 minutes in penalties last night. There is a chance the Dogs and Cats could meet tomorrow in the semi-final which would be wild.

Photo from Sportsnet via @arbz28

1 comment:

  1. the cat are sore losers and should step up and take the loss like men not 2 year olds lol...but there coach is the one thats the problem,,,he did the same thing all year long when it looked like his team was going to lose the game he would send the coons out with direction to hurt star players of the other team....just look back at some of the games through the regular season and you will see what i mean,,,the coach should be held accountable for his actions