Here’s A Cross-Check To The Neck And Coaches Argument From Yesterday’s Memorial Cup Game (Video)
The Saint John Sea Dogs and the Shawinigan Cataractes finished first and second, respectively, in the QMJHL standings during the 2011-12 season. And while these two talented squads didn’t meet up in the playoffs, they still seemed to have built up a bitter rivalry with one another. And what better way to treat your bitter rival than by cross-checking them in the throat?
That must have been the thought going through the mind of the Sea Dogs’ Stephen MacAulay, as he laid the lumber on the neck of Shawinigan’s Félix-Antoine Bergeron during their Memorial Cup round robin meeting last night.
Unfortunately (unless you are the type that enjoys cheap-shots with your hockey), that was just the beginning, as these two teams combined for 72 penalty minutes (46 in the third) during a heated affair. Even their coaches got involved, as they both exchanged some unpleasant words during the final seconds of the Sea Dogs’ 4-1 victory.
With the win, the Sea Dogs clinch a spot in Friday’s semifinal, where there will play the winner of tonight’s tiebreaker game between the Cataractes and the Edmonton Oil Kings. Should these two teams meet in the semis, I have a feeling that they’ll be providing us with a few more questionable acts to talk about.
Here is a look at the highlights from last night’s game, including the heated exchange between the coaches during the final seconds.