Colts win two penalty-filled games against Lions

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Published on February 03, 2014

Colts win two penalty-filled games against Lions

Published on February 03, 2014

Colts win two penalty-filled games against Lions

Published on February 03, 2014

Cormier talks to fans, friends and teammates before leaving the scene.

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Face off in front of the Colts Bench during third period action Sunday at Amherst Stadium.

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Face off.

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Colts goaltender Matt Caron gets bowled over by a Lions player.

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Colts win two penalty-filled games against Lions

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Colts win two penalty-filled games against Lions

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Colts gather during a time out.

Published on February 03, 2014

Colts win two penalty-filled games against Lions

Published on February 03, 2014

Colts win two penalty-filled games against Lions

Published on February 03, 2014

Colts win two penalty-filled games against Lions

Published on February 03, 2014

Colts win two penalty-filled games against Lions

Published on February 03, 2014

Colts win two penalty-filled games against Lions

Published on February 03, 2014

Colts win two penalty-filled games against Lions

Published on February 03, 2014

Colts win two penalty-filled games against Lions

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A Lions player tries to throw a Colts players stick over the glass but it's prevented from flying into the stands by the netting.

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One of the Lions coaches yells at a Colts fan who was swearing at him.

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Colts win two penalty-filled games against Lions

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Referees step in to try to prevent a fight between Cormier and Lions goaltender Michael MacDonald.

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Colts win two penalty-filled games against Lions

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The refs were unsuccessful in preventing the fight.

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The Lions coach complains.

Published on February 03, 2014

Colts win two penalty-filled games against Lions

Published on February 03, 2014

Colts win two penalty-filled games against Lions

Anger spills into stands, general manager apologizes to fans

AMHERST – Referees issued 86 penalties in two Nova Scotia Junior C Hockey League playoff games over the weekend at Amherst Stadium.

“Playing a team that won only one game all year has not benefitted us at all,” said Paul Atkinson, Amherst Colts general manager, after Sunday’s game. “We got involved in a lower caliber teams foolishness and took too many undisciplined penalties.”

The Colts won the first two games of their best-of-five, first-round, NSJCHL series against the Clare Lions. On Saturday they beat them 6-5, and then on Sunday they beat them 7-1.

Referees issued a total of 52 penalties during Saturday’s game and 34 penalties during Sunday’s game.

The Colts were assessed 32 penalties on Saturday, and their coach, Kevin Phinney, was given a 10-minute misconduct and a two-game suspension for verbal abuse.

Colts player Cullen Sullivan was suspended for one game for accumulated head contact.

On Sunday, the Colts were assessed 21 penalties. Devon Despres was given a one-game suspension for checking from behind, and Jean Rene Cormier was given a one-game suspension for gross misconduct.

Cormier was ejected from the game after a fight with Lions goaltender Michael MacDonald.

Cormier went to the Colts dressing room, dressed in his street clothes, and then went up into the stands to confront the Lions coach.

“One of our players was involved with their coach,” said Atkinson.

“Their coach went up in the stands, and that’s not a good practice,” he added. “There was nothing physical but a lot of verbal back and forth.”

The game was called with 5:26 remaining in the third period.

Police stood outside the Lions dressing room after the game to guarantee safe passage for the team and their fans.

Atkinson says the behavior doesn’t reflect the true nature of the Colts organization.

“We’ve come a long way in five years and we certainly don’t condone this kind of action from either the team or the coaches,” said Atkinson. “The Colts organization apologizes to fans for the game and hopes they will return to watch the team play hockey.”

On Sunday, Conrad Barczyk and Ryan Horseman led the Colts with two goals each. Andrew Barron, Ben Heaurde and Matt Beal scored one goal each.

Barron, Horseman, Aaron Crocker and Ryan Legere added two assists each, with Heaurde and David Lockerby adding one assist each.

Matt Caron played in net for the Colts. His teammates outshot the Lions 42-17.

Heaurde led the Colts in their 6-5 win over the Lions on Saturday with two goals. Also scoring for the Colts was Noah Perrin, Devon Despres, Lockerby and Barron.

Adding single assists was Perrin, Brandon Crocker, Spencer Maskill, Sullivan Cullen, Crocker, Horseman and Legere.

Caron faced 24 shots on the night while his teammates had 32 shots on Lions goaltender Mike Smith.

“As far as our play goes in the last two games, it was very scrambly,” said Atkinson.

Game-3 of the best-of-five series is Friday at 8:30 p.m. in Clare.

“We’re going to be out at least two players but Matt Richard will be back in the lineup, which will help,” said Atkinson. “We hope when we go down there we will be more disciplined because, going down there, it’s a hard place to win.”

Atkinson again apologized to the fans and added, “The Colts have come a long way and we do not like this style of hockey. We’ve never engaged in this style of hockey all year and we don’t plan to continue this.”

 

 

 

Organizations: Nova Scotia Junior C Hockey League, Colts organization

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium, Clare

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  • Vince Kennie
    February 06, 2014 - 15:21

    WOW, great comment in support of the Colts Junior C hockey team, I guess I missed the boat on this one (so to speak). Yes the Colts are a well rounded team, my comments were based on what I saw, when some of the Colts players kept running the Clare goaltender, however, I must admit that I did not see the whole picture as I was only viewing from the heated room. May the next game be of a more timid nature and may the best team win. To get top notched referees is a problem, I watched the game on Friday in Truro vs South Shore Wild and the referees were also very uncertain of the rules, to all the Colt supporters, I apologize for being too critical of the team and will ensure that I have all the facts in future comments.

  • Vince Kennie
    February 03, 2014 - 18:27

    I was at Sundays game and it was obvious that the Colts were the aggressors and did a lot of head hunting, for some unknown reason. With all the excuses aside, let's hope the next game is of a more mature nature.

    • G Taylor
      February 05, 2014 - 14:26

      I too was at both Colt games Mr. Kennie and I must disagree. The first game was all brought on by the terrible refereeing, they were the ones that got everything going. The second game, well when you have coaches act like Claire's coaches acted, then how do you expect the young men playing to be mature. They were more mature than the coaches. Colts are having an awesome year and they are playing very maturely. Way to go Colts!

    • Tim M
      February 05, 2014 - 18:48

      I too must strongly disagree. If you take a hard look at the picture in this story of the Clare coach doing his thing, you will see this was his attitude throughout both games on the weekend. Also, it would explain why the young men on the Clare team, who likely are full of talent, could not develop which lead to them only winning 1 game all year. The Amherst Colts are a very strong, well coached team and have grown into a strong group of Junior hockey players. This is not Atom house league, this is Junior hockey, and the Colts are are top contender. Just because Clare wasn't ready to play first round against arguably the best team in the league, don't blame the Colts. They are doing exactly what they need to do to win the championship. If Clare had some real coaching, then perhaps they would have been contenders. I feel sorry for the young men on Clare being guided in the wrong direction, but I think you are very likely to see the Colts go all the way this year.

    • Tim M
      February 05, 2014 - 18:59

      One more thing I forgot to mention in my earlier post. I was sitting virtually beside a very immature gentleman, which was likely a parent of a Clare player during the first game on the weekend. One of the Colts players who was ejected was standing below by the glass watching the game. The Clare gentleman was very out of line yelling at the Colts player, and taunting him while trying to invite him up into the stands for a confrontation. On game 2, this guy sat on the other side of the rink where the raucous broke out in the stands. If the adults from Clare cannot grow up and maturely watch a good Junior hockey game without trying to draw young hockey players into a fight in the stands, then maybe they should stay home. There are parts of this country where people have been charged for behavior similar to this, so they should keep that in mind. By the way, to all the Amherst folks who are not aware, you don`t know what you are missing when you don`t go see this team play. Get out and support the Colts on their run to a championship !