It certainly was an interesting (and late) night at the Minto skating complex where the Frogs faced the Div 1 Shamrocks. That's right Folks, a team from a higher division was set to play the Frogs, quite the challenge!
The Shamrocks were certainly a much taller team, with the Frogs tallest player being just about the same height as the Shamrocks smallest. But size does not tell everything!
The game pace was fast, a little chippy and the referees were not calling much, a big disadvantage to the smaller and more disciplined Frogs. Eventually, Shamrocks were able to gain a two goal lead. However it seems they had underestimated their opponents! The Shamrocks were overconfident allowing breakaways with which the Frogs capitalized and were able to bring the score to 4-3. Working to get the tie, Frogs forward L. Martin managed to score in the final seconds a few fractions of a second before being hit to the head by a Shamrock player. A small brawl ensued with the Frogs demanding a penalty as the hit occurred after the goal.
However, the referees would not agree claiming the player hit L. Martin while he was shooting and that the goal negated the penalty. The Frogs management was also infuriated by the referee's comments "He's a short player, so it does not really count as a hit to the head!" and "He did not stick out his elbow to hit him" followed by "The contact was accidental". Frogs management signaled they were going to protest to the league discipline committee. A hit to the head, even if a player is shorter than the other remains a hit to the head.
In the end, the Frogs managed to tie their higher rated opponent 4-4.
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