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03-27-2013, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Whalers Fan View Post
That is my biggest issue with the way the OHL hands out suspensions. Had Carnavale not been hurt, it's quite likely that Mistele would have incurred a reduced or no suspension at all. I also referenced two other incidents that occurred earlier this season against the Whalers (one by Posa, the other by Hottot), where the action by the opponent could only be interpreted as a deliberate intent to injure, yet because fortunately the Plymouth player did not get injured, the suspension was very short in one case, and no suspension was assessed in the 2nd case (which actually was three separate incidents by the same player in the same game).

This is the third suspension of 5 or more games assessed to a Plymouth player this season. Each was for an incident that occurred near the puck during the course of play. The two incidents by opponents I mentioned were either far away from the play (Posa) or occurred well after play had been whistled dead (Hottot in all three of his infractions). That is one of the reasons I think the league deals with Plymouth more harshly than some other teams.

I hope WhalerBlue is able to post the video of the Mistele hit -- I could not find one. When I saw the play live, it did not look like much -- certainly nothing that I would expect to result in such a severe suspension. Of course, our eyes can deceive us in such situations, so seeing a replay of the incident would be beneficial to the discussion.
I wouldnt say that Plymouth has been any worse off than other teams.Yours might make less sense for sure but I have watched a pile of games on the OHL website along with Archives games and I just dont understand the logic of some of the suspensions to your point.Owen Sound and the Soo had some screwy ones also.Now I think this is fairly new to the refs and I think we have speeded the game up that they have only a split second to make the call.Thats tough as I have ref before.Never seen so many linesman involved in penality calls before.Even in reviewing the hits it is hard to call sometimes but with video review and the ability to slow it down should make the suspension easier to call.A good clean hit is almost always called today as a penality.Just my thoughts.

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