Cam Russell isn’t happy with the officiating so far in the QMJHL final.
As happy as the Halifax Mooseheads’ general manager was to see his squad beat Baie-Comeau 4-3 on Saturday to take a 2-0 series lead, he was also upset after witnessing, what he judged to be, several Drakkar penalties go uncalled
“I think there has been excessive cross checking that hasn’t been called. Nathan MacKinnon was crosschecked four times and nothing happened so Stefan Fournier had to go in and protect his teammate,” he said Monday.
The series has become increasingly nasty. Besides Fournier’s fight against Gabriel Verpaelst in the third period, Mooseheads forward Stephen MacAulay also dropped the gloves with Alec Jon Banville after the Drakkar forward ran over Darcy Ashley
The intensity is sure to increase with the series shifting to Baie-Comeau for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Henry Leonard Centre.
Russell – a former NHL defenceman and tough guy – says he has no problem with physical hockey as long as it’s played above board.
“I played the game for a living and played a very physical brand of hockey. I respect that,” he said. “I just want to make sure the games are played within the rules, and if so, I’ve got no problem with it.”
Regardless, Russell says his players will be ready to go for Game 3 in Baie-Comeau. .
“We have a really special group of kids here. The focus has been there all season. They’re focus has been present every game, every shift, every period.”