Saturday, 31 March 2018

Opinion: Kimberley Dynamiters Cam Russell suspended for three games

The first goal scorer of the 2018 KIJHL Finals has been suspended for three games.

During the first period of overtime between the Kimberley Dynamiters and the Revelstoke Grizzlies, Nitro's forward drove to the net and made contact with the Grizz's goalie. The referees called goalie interference, understandably. The penalty was a five minute major, and a game misconduct.

The result of being called for a five minute major and being handed a game misconduct in overtime is that it comes with automatic suspensions. Russell was handed a three game misconduct Saturday morning by the league, and is now ineligible to play until Game Five of the KIJHL Finals.

"In this league teams can't appeal a referee's call." Nitro's head coach and general manager Derek Stuart said. "The referee's decision is final whether it is the right call or not. Unfortunately, that means when mistakes in judgement are made by referee's it results in players either being wrongfully suspended or not suspended at all."

Keep in mind, it's not the call of goalie interference that is being disagreed with, it is the severity of the call in the moment that is being discussed.

Here is the clip, you be the judge:

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