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by George Malik on 06/10/13 at 02:19 PM ET
Well, this was going to happen. In the wake of the controversy regarding officiating during the Grand Rapids Griffins' back-to-back wins over the Syracuse Crunch in Game 1 and Game 2 of the Calder Cup Final, Syracuse Crunch owner James Dolgon made sure to make his voice heard in a conversation with the Syracuse Post-Standard's Lindsay Kramer (in an article titled, "AHL is aware of officiating concerns"):
"Officiating is always a topic of conversation It's tough to say. There's games where you are (concerned) and games where you aren't,'' he said. "I don't think you can make general statements.''
So Dolgon made specific statements. He addressed the fact that 22:13 (or 22:50, depending on how you read the clock)...
"There's nothing you can do about it. They (the AHL) obviously knows everyone is concerned,'' Dolgon said. "That's the way it goes. We train NHL officials. You hope that you are getting the highest quality. Obviously, there are mistakes that are made. You hope they are not repeated.''
And then he lamented the concept that Richard Panik could possibly be called for roughing after seeing Tomas Jurco struggling to jam a puck stuck on the side of the Crunch's empty net into said net, and then skating into Jurco with a heavy hit that sent Jurco flying and hitting the end boards--hard (it was called charging, and neither Dolgon nor Kramer saw it as such):
Ah, but that wasn't the case Sunday. With 55 seconds left in the third and Grand Rapids ahead 6-4, Jurco tried to tuck in another score into an empty Crunch net. Syracuse forward Richard Panik did exactly as he should by removing Jurco from the play with a hard hit similar to those you'll see in front of the net many times a game. Panik, oddly enough, was called for charging."To me, it was a hard, clean hit,'' Dolgon said.
Although the penalty was for two minutes and Panik would have been released from the box with a Griffins' goal, he was instead mistakenly led to the locker room.
"They were a little confused there, huh?'' Dolgon said.
He was led to the locker room, brought back onto the ice, and then taken right back off the ice when he earned an unsportamanlike conduct penalty.
Let's just say that the Crunch are a...physical...team...and that their owner probably sees little to no problem with the fact that his team makes the Boston Bruins look soft.
On another issue, Dolgon said an electrical malfunction has been the cause of penalty time freezing up on the War Memorial scoreboard.
"It's very disappointing,'' he said.
Well, at least the officials know what time it is...Or so we thought...
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