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Syracuse Crunch’s owner weighs in on the officiating fiasco

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.

Anything else?

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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Hootinani's avatar

Its still killing me that the Crunch are btiching so hard about officiating when almost every crap call and questionable review went their way on Sunday.

And as far as the goal reviews, I saw way more evidence for the Jurco goal being good than the phantom goal by Brown.  Not to mention, even after they gave Brown the goal 7 hours later, the Crunch fans and media are still bitching that the Pare goal shouldn’t have counted because it was scored during the added time after their gift goal, even though thats how the rules work.

In short, the Cryin Crunchies and their whiny fans can bite my hairy beanbag.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 06/10/13 at 04:10 PM ET

Alan's avatar

The penalty was a good call. That most certainly was charging, no matter how the broadcasting team wants to try to re-define charging.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 06/10/13 at 04:17 PM ET

Primis's avatar

The Crunch had 8 PP’s and are crying the officials are against them.  EIGHT!  That’s all anyone needs to know.

Can we redub them the Syracuse Whine?  Syracuse BooHoo?  Syracuse Sobs?

Posted by Primis on 06/10/13 at 04:19 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Can we redub them the Syracuse Whine?  Syracuse BooHoo?  Syracuse Sobs?

Posted by Primis on 06/10/13 at 04:19 PM ET

Syracuse Quenneville.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 06/10/13 at 04:23 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Can we redub them the Syracuse Whine?  Syracuse BooHoo?  Syracuse Sobs?

Posted by Primis on 06/10/13 at 04:19 PM ET

Syracuse Quenneville.
    Posted by
    from a viewing moratorium of NBC’s hockey coverage on 06/10/13 at 04:23 PM ET

ZING! Love it

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 06/10/13 at 09:11 PM ET


Time to send Bertuzzi down for some conditioning from the looks of this.

Serious question, was Smith banged up?  Be nice to see him getting some time with DeKeyser and Lashoff.

Posted by maltby18 on 06/10/13 at 10:55 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

All I can tell you is, “Probably.” That or the Wings and Griffins’ coaching and management had a powwow and decided that sending down two players in the middle of the Western Conference Final would screw the Griffins’ continuity on defense too much, which is probably more likely.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/11/13 at 01:52 AM ET

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