Officiating leaves Pats brass fuming

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Regina Pats

REGINA — The men in stripes got a chorus of boos every time they entered or exited the Brandt Centre ice Wednesday in Regina.

The Regina Pats brass would have choicer words than “boo” if given the chance to air them.

In a game where the power plays were eight-to-three in favour of Moose Jaw, that didn't really fully tell a story of a inconsistently officiated affair.

The referees dished out seven power plays in the first period — including the only three Regina would see — as they called the game extremely tightly. By time overtime rolled around it was no-holds barred as obstruction was rampant.

"I'm just disappointed that we were not left to play," said Regina coach Pat Conacher. "It goes both ways too. It was such a hard-fought game. Sometimes it's very frustrating.

"Even in the '70s — and we can't go back to that where we had bench brawls — but at least the players settled it. Let the players settle the game. Both teams played hard. It was a great game."

The Warriors scored three goals on eight power play chances, while the Pats were 0-for-3 on the power play.

Beyond that the Pats were given a double-minor and a five-minute major to Dyson Stevenson for an apparent slough foot late in the third period.

“I didn't even think it was a penalty. I didn't even know where that came from," said Conacher. "Here we are, it was a terrific game, and to give a five-minute penalty at that time . . . the player played the rest of the game. Usually you would have to murder the guy to get a five-minute penalty at that point. The guy skated off. When we saw the replay there was hardly any contact."

Organizations: Brandt Centre

Geographic location: REGINA, Moose Jaw

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  • idontknow
    March 29, 2012 - 12:52

    The WHL has to deal with the substandard officiating. This has been going on long enough. I have been to all Warriors home game for years and I have never seen a game that the officials were fair for both teams. Seem to have a few personal vendatta espacially when it comes to penalize Cody Beach. The embellishment penalties are a joke. Got cross checked in the chest and get a 2 minute penalty. Plus he got a game suspension for accumulation of embellishment penalties. So yes, the Regina Pats' coach had reasons to complain , but, every WHL team has a reason as well.

  • Observer
    March 29, 2012 - 09:34

    If the regina pats decided to build a new multi million dollar rink,the referee's would call the game in there favour.It's a proven fact.Just look at the way the referee's favoured the penguins when they won there stanley cup.And they just happened to have a multi million dollar rink being built across the street for the next hockey season. The penalty calling became outrageous,and everyone,including the sport broadcasters and even don cherry knew this.The outcome of a hockey game today is purely political and it's a shame to treat a great sport this way.