Crushers' coach suspended indefinitely

Adam MacInnis
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Following controversial finish to Ramblers-Crushers match on Thursday

NEW GLASGOW - Weeks Jr. A Crushers head coach Jason Malone will not be behind the bench this weekend as his team faces the Yarmouth Mariners on the road today and the Woodstock Slammers at home tomorrow.

Malone was given a major penalty for sending his players to the dressing room in protest to referees changing their mind about whether the team's goal counted. He is suspended indefinitely. He's been told a hearing to determine what will happen will have to happen before he can return to his duties, but that won't happen until at least the first of the week.

Malone is showing no remorse for his decision.

"I’m going to support my players and make sure that they know as a staff and an organization we’re willing to do whatever it takes to support them," he said.

The questionable goal happened with 56 seconds left on the clock. The Crushers were down 3-2 and using a six-man attack when they scored. At question is whether the referee blew his whistle before or after the goal.

At first the referee counted the goal and proceeded to give the details of who scored it to the scorekeeper, but then the Ramblers coach called him over to their bench saying the ref blew his whistle first and that the goal shouldn't count. After talking with his linesmen the referee discounted the goal.

Malone said he didn't hear a whistle, but even if it did sound the referee said the goal was fair at first.

"You tell your players there's no point in arguing with the ref because the referee will never change his call," Malone said.

The officials actions last night said the opposite – that referees are willing to change their mind.

Seconds later the Ramblers scored again to which Malone protested by telling his players to leave the bench. They were forced to return and finish the game. Malone was give a major.

He will not be allowed to be in the dressing room an hour before this weekend's games or in between periods or on the bench during the game.

Assistant coach Jeff Green is unable to make tonight's game in Yarmouth, so assistant coach Chad McDavid will be manning the bench alone.

"Obviously we felt that we deserved a better fate," Malone said.

Geographic location: NEW GLASGOW, Yarmouth

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