By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
I had a chance over the weekend to attend & participate in a couple of youth oriented events.
The first activity was Friday night at the Harry Lumley-Bayshore Community Centre when two entries from the Owen Sound Minor Hockey Group were competing in OMHA Playoff action.
The first group was the Leeder & Associate Attack who were looking to complete a 3 game sweep of the Oakville Rangers & advance to the Ontario Major Atom Semifinals.
Oakville didn't go down quietly, in fact Oakville didn't go down at all, scoring a 3-2 win to force a 4th game in the best of 5.
The game was well officiated, no question, but here's the dilemma the game officials encountered.......
Oakville had been penalized 3 consecutive times, you can imagine how this was going down with the Oakville squad & their supporters, and Owen Sound had tied the score at 2 on a power play opportunity.
Less than a minute after the tying goal, Oakville committed a blatant infraction, tripping an Attack puck carrier at the Owen Sound blueline. It was textbook tripping, yet went uncalled, allowing Oakville to scoop up the puck and go in and score the game winning marker.
I'm not blaming the refs at all, this just serves as an example of how tricky it is to officiate a game in any sport at any level.
Up next were the Kunkel Bus Line Bantam Attack who scored a 3-1 victory over Oakville to grab a 5-1 lead in their 6 point playoff series.
Again, the defining moment came on a penalty call.
The game was tied when Oakville took a penalty near the end of the 2nd period. As the buzzer sounded to end Period 2, a member of the Rangers took a selfish, foolish penalty & put his team 2 men short, and in short order, Owen Sound had the lead via the power play and eventually a victory that gave them a stranglehold on the series.
Overall, 2 very good well played games, at two vastly different age brackets which equated to an enjoyable night at the Harry Lumley-Bayshore,.
I'm Fred Wallace