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Should QMJHL Intervene in Wildcats – Drakkar Saga?

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It was human error, but some hockey fans are wondering what the referees were thinking during a match-up between the Moncton Wildcats and Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) last week.

Moncton Wildcats’ Conor Garland, highest-scoring player in the QMJHL, scored the only goal of the shootout … although he never should have participated.

At the end of the five minute overtime period, Garland was assessed a 10-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The QMJHL rule (84.4) is clear and known to every referee – a player serving a 10-minute misconduct cannot be used in a shootout.

The Drakkar fans and coaching staff protested, but referees Éric Charron and Alexandre Côté allowed Garland to participate.

We wouldn’t be talking about this if Garland had missed his shot and/or if Baie-Comeau had won.

However, the opposite happened – Garland was the only scorer and the Wildcats won the game after scoring three goals in the final six minutes of the third period.

Consequently, Moncton has an additional point in the standings and the Drakkar have one less.

We will see at the end of the season if that point has a big impact in the QMJHL standings.

Director of Officiating, Richard Trottier, met with the two referees at fault. It’s impossible to know what was said, but one can only imagine.

Some QMJHL fans, including members of the Quebec sports media, are calling on the league to take action in the matter. It is even being suggested that Moncton be docked one point in the standings.

(Translation – Question: Should the QMJHL give a point to the Drakkar? Remove one to the Wildcats? Up to now it is the status quo.)

In February 2008, the QMJHL deducted a point from the Gatineau Olympiques (earned in an OT loss) after discovering that the team had allowed a suspended player to take part in a game against the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

We want to know what you think … Should the QMJHL intervene in the matter?

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Editor’s note: This article was inspired by Francois Parenteau‘s french blog post published on La Presse.