Saturday, December 30, 2006

Pogge tossed at Spengler Cup

Canada's netminder Justin Pogge was thrown out of today's game against the German club, EHC Eisbaren Berlin, after throwing a few punches — one of a number of, let's say, 'interesting' calls by the international official in Switzerland.

With Devan Dubnyk coming in to replace Pogge, Canada went on to win the game 5-2 and claim a spot in Sunday's final. That game airs tomorrow at 1 p.m. on Sportsnet.


At 5:45 p.m., December 30, 2006, Blogger Desdemona said...

Damn, I only saw the third period on (well still watching it)... what the heck happened that Pogge would throw punches at a player?

At 1:06 a.m., December 31, 2006, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

I have no idea what the other interesting calls are that James is referring to, and I don't have a video of the skirmish, but international rules, much like the NCAA's, are pretty clear: if you are throwing punches, you're supposed to be ejected. Pat Quinn expressing mystification about this is mostly an indication that he hasn't taken the time to learn the rules he's playing under.

As for Kelly Fairchild, I'm shocked, shocked I say, that we would see bad behavior out of a former Wisconsin Badger from the early 1990s.

At 10:41 a.m., December 31, 2006, Blogger allan said...

I'm shocked that Pat Quinn would take a job as a head coach, but not even bother to learn the rules of the tournament. That's just nuts.

In the referee's defense, the ejection was not a discretionary call. It's just automatic. If Pogge doesn't know the rules, or can't control himself a little better, then he shouldn't be there until he's grown up a bit.

The officiating was far less "interesting" than I've been seeing in in the NHL this year. He made some odd calls, but he wasn't just making shit up like they do in the "new NHL."

At 1:10 p.m., December 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I missed that fight. Someone please post a link to video.

At 6:56 p.m., January 02, 2007, Blogger Doogie said...

I think Quinn's confusion would come with Pogge being assessed a fighting penalty, rather than roughing. He knows international rules, he's coached two Olympics.


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