Saturday, April 3, 2010

Losing It

It is hard enough when you are losing but when the officials start making some really questionable calls then the hardest part is remaining calm and under control. However there are times when even the calmest of people will explode when pushed too far.

That would be the best description of Sam Klassen's evening as his Saskatoon Blades got the short end of some highly suspect calls in game 2 of their series with the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Blades lost the game 4-1 but also their cool as well.

The Blades have a case for blaming the officials but in all honesty at every level these days the officiating has not kept up with the changes in the game and the game has suffered. Still all this leads to is that Klassen found himself taking an early shower after receiving a 10 minute misconduct with just over 5 minutes to go in the game.

Klassen objected to being called for interference while killing a penalty and the normally calm Klassen said the magic word to the refs and got the misconduct. Klassen actually had played a decent game as he was a +1 and spent a lot of time on the penalty kill.

But the bottom line is that the Blades lost both game 1 and 2 on their home ice and now face an almost impossible task trying to win this series with 4 games remaining in Brandon.

In the QMJHL, Chris Doyle may not have scored but his Victoriaville Tigres took game 2 from Ryan Bourque's Quebec Remparts 4-2 on Quebec's home ice. Doyle had 3 shots on net as 1 of 3 Tigres with that many shots.

Ryan Bourque and his linemates had just a rough evening as Bourque also did not score but wound up a -3. As was the case in Game 1, the Tigre wound up with a 3-1 lead after the 2nd period and coasted from there.

Bourque having been held scoreless for the 2nd straight game is going to have to find a way to get untracked in a hurry or this series will be over in a hurry.

(Klassen courtesy of the Saskatoon Blades)

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