Confirmation this afternoon that Vernon’s Dexter Dancs has received a three-game suspension for his collision with Andy Desautels in game four.
The ruling states that Dancs made no attempt to avoid West Kelowna’s goalie, which is his responsibility.
You aren’t supposed to just crash into goalies. ‘Incidental contact’ doesn’t cover this.
The news is, I’m sure, a bit of a consolation to Warriors fans.
But it’s also even more frustrating. I won’t share the email that was sent out, but Trevor Alto makes it very clear that a major for goalie interference should have been called on the play. For a powerplay cooking at 35%. During a key game four that was 1-0 Vernon at the time. That’s a tough admission for WK fans to swallow.
Of course, it’s salient to note that Desautels spent a lot of time earlier that game and all series long talking to the refs about getting run. And the officials were instructed to make calls on precisely these types of plays (as I noted in the previous entry).
But Dancs and Dez are now both done for the series. It sure has been emotional!
See ya tomorrow.