March 22, 2010
The Barrie Colts finished the CHL season with 116 points, the second-highest total in League history, making them the team to beat in the OHL playoffs, which began last week. After the Sudbury Wolves lost the opening game of their first-round series with Barrie, 11-4, and then dropped Game 2 on Saturday night by a 2-1 score, frustration set in -- as did the desire to prove that the Colts were the team to beat, literally.
The buzzer sounded, the Colts hit the ice to celebrate, a melee started, the Wolves hit the ice for reinforcements and the dances (with occasional punches and wrestling matches) began (via Loose Pucks):
Game 3 of the series was Sunday night in Barrie, and the series went from the sideshow of the benches clearing to the ugly scenes of a series gone out of control for Sudbury -- from a nasty, suspension-worthy hit to a one-sided "fight" before a faceoff.
The Barrie Colts might have notched a 6-2 win over the Sudbury Wolves to grab a commanding 3-0 lead in the first-round series, but it's possible the league's penalty-minutes leader and reigning bad boy could be in hot water.
The hit by Rinaldo came early in the second period. Sudbury forward Marcus Foligno had his back turned behind Barrie's net. Rinaldo skated in with a head of steam as Foligno was dishing the puck away, or had just done so. Rinaldo clocked Foligno from behind and was assessed a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct. Foligno lay sprawled on the ice for several minutes, though he returned for the next shift.
Rinaldo, a Philadelphia Flyers prospect, has previously been suspended six games and eight games for injurious checking.
Later, the impossibly named Kain Allicock of the Wolves gave Barrie a seven-minute power play for this fight-in-name-only off the draw against Stefan Della Rovere(notes), Barrie forward and Washington Capitals prospect:
Della Rovere turtles any further and an Italian plumber runs on the screen to stomp on him; but that boy can sell a punch with Randy Orton-level aplomb, can't he? No fighting major for Della Rovere, which is more reason why he's considered an NHL-level pest.
From Terry Doyle on Loose Pucks, an excellent junior hockey blog:
Allicock was given two game misconducts. The first for the one-man-fight as it is sometimes referred. The other for having too much to say to the on-ice officials on the way out. You know the league office will be delivering its opinion on these incidents prior to Wednesday's game.
For starters, don't be surprised to see the Colts and Wolves slapped with fines for how Saturday night's game ended with both teams and coaching staffs on the ice.
Check the OHL news wire for updates on any disciplinary action. The next game between the teams is Wednesday, March 24, with the Colts looking to close out the series. No word if Colin Campbell will be in the stands to make sure there's no malarkey on the ice ...
[Another stick-tap to Loose Pucks for all of it.]