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Friday, November 15, 2013

Dogs head to Powell River, visit Kings for two, Martin back, no suspension for Linesman knock out

It's back on the road for the Bulldogs (5-16-2-1, 5th Island) today as they make way for Powell River, and a double-header with the Kings (15-4-0-1, 1st Island, 1st Overall) at the Hap Parker Arena. It's actually the beginning of three in a row versus the Kings, who will make their first visit of the season to the Dog Pound next Thursday.

* Note the start time tomorrow night of 5pm *

The Dogs have lost two straight, by a combined two goals after falling 2-1 in Nanaimo and 4-3 at home to the Vees on Sunday. They will get Craig Martin back, as he has served all eight games of the suspension that the league handed him.

The Kings are 2 and 2 to start the month, coming off a 6-3 win at home over Cowichan on Sunday that followed up a 7-3 loss to Penticton on Friday night.

Don't miss a minute of the action on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM
with myself and Bruce MacDonald - the pregame show gets underway at 7:15 with the play-by-play to follow at 7:30.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Marcello Ranallo, now playing over in Italy with the Milano Rossoblu after four years on scholarship at the NCAA's University of Connecticut.

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You are no doubt one of the over a quarter of a million people that have seen Vipers Forward TJ Dumonceaux knock out BCHL Linesman Ryan Dawson. If you haven't, check out the video below. A note for the squeamish - if you don't like the sight of blood, don't watch.

The incident has gone viral, and worldwide, as if the 250,000 plus views didn't indicate that, it has also shown up on two of the biggest sports websites in the world, in Deadspin and Puck Daddy. 

Puck Daddy has this posted today :

 • Remember that BCHL player who punched a linesman in the face? He will face no punishment. It is open season on linesmen. [Global News]

According to Global News, the BCHL said it was a consensual fight. What they were watching, I will never know, but I didn't see anyone agreeing to fight anyone.

I can't say how surprised I am that there is no suspension. Or am I even surprised at all, after how the whole Martin situation was handled?

Just to make it clear - I have nothing against the Vernon Vipers. I'm actually a fan of all the people that they have involved with their organization, and I have been treated like gold by the people there in all of my trips over the years to Vernon.

 I can understand why they might think I have something against them, but here's hoping they understand it's just a coincidence that they have been  involved in two high profile incidents that have a connection to the Dogs.

Mark Hamilton puts Jake Lebrun in the hospital with a Check-from-Behind and gets suspended two games (deemed a Hockey Play)

Now, Dumonceaux knocks a Linesman out, and sends him to the hospital for repairs, and he receives no discipline whatsoever....huh? Dumonceaux is a repeat offender, by the way.

So if you are keeping score at home - hit a guy on an end-to-end rush with less than half a second to react/stop/change course - and you get suspended over a 10th of the season. Be reckless, and out of control, and knock an Official out? Have a nice day, don't do that again, K?!

All about intent here - of course Dumonceaux didn't mean to hit the Linesman. But possibly when an official is between you and another player, it's not the best time to throw a blind punch? I get it - it's the Linesman's fault for getting between Dumonceaux and the Spruce King player. However, wait a minute,  it wasn't Colton Dahlen's fault for getting between a speeding Martin, and the puck. It's all Martin's fault.

Probably a good time to stop writing things here now.



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