Anthony Camara’s check on Max Domi in Sunday’s Game 2 has sparked some good ol’ controversy.
London Knights head coach Dale Hunter saw it one way, the Ontario Hockey League saw it another.
Camara, the 19-year-old Barrie Colts power forward who received a five-minute major and a game misconduct on the play, charged at the Knights dangler midway through the third period.
During a post-game press conference, the bench boss expressed his opinion, calling the play regrettable and hinting strongly it was a suspension-worthy offence.
“It was a hit you wish he’d take back,” Hunter said. “I watched the replay on it and he left his feet and he hit the head.”
The OHL, meanwhile, came to the conclusion that the on-ice punishment fit the crime.
Camara, who played for Team Canada at the 2013 world juniors, suited up in Monday’s Game 3.
“It’s the league’s call. Obviously, we didn’t like it,” Knights assistant coach Jeff Paul said Monday. “But, at this point, we have no choice but to just (accept it and move on).”
Domi, London’s leading scorer in the regular season (87 points in 64 games) and playoffs (27 in 17), did not sustain a major injury. The Toronto native has a welt on his eye, but nothing more.
Another Game 2 incident, this time involving Knights defenceman Dakota Mermis going hard into the endboards after being nudged by Colts forward Erik Bradford, wasn’t ban-worthy either.
Hunter called that collision “very dangerous,” but the OHL didn’t pull the trigger on a suspension.