You Make the Call 4

With 20 seconds remaining in regulation time and the London Nationals leading the visiting Strathroy Rockets 4-3 an altercation erupted in front of the London goal.   Four players, two a side, (Strathroy’s Stuart King #15 and Mark MacAulay #27 and London’s Derek Di Iorio #3 and Anthony Kotsovos #4) received minor penalties for roughing or roughing after the whistle.  There seemed to be one more very blatant penalty.  Most of the 612 in attendance saw it but the four on-ice officials did not, or chose to ignore it.  With just the four coincidental penalties called the faceoff remained in the London zone with both teams still at full strength.  Had the Rockets received another penalty, the faceoff would have moved to the opposite end of the ice with the Rockets shorthanded and just 20 seconds remaining on the clock.  You make the call.

David Honsberger


  1. David Honsberger

    David Honsberger

    October 2, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Yes it is the spear or the attempted spear. It appears as if MacAulay #27 did make contact as the London player Di Iorio #3’s sweater moved. It is possible that MacAulay hit a very protected area of Di Iorio’s pants. The London player then looked at the officials to see if there was going to be a call. I believe a spear can be called whether contact is made or not. A jabbing motion was certainly made towards the London player with likely the intent to injure.

    • Welland fan

      October 2, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you for the reply, It took me a minute, but I see it.

  2. Welland fan

    October 1, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Are we looking at the 58 second mark…Might’ve seen an attempted spear, not sure.

  3. RocketGirl

    October 1, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    I was at the game, but didn’t see it then, but because we’ve had the discussion, I know who committed what, so I know who to look at, and I see it. But did he make contact? Is that why it wasn’t called?

  4. Welland fan

    October 1, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I saw a couple of hacks behind the net, but slashes are only called about 50% of the time.

  5. Welland fan

    October 1, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I don’t see it. Strathroy got rougher first, but the London players gave it right back. I see no problem with the call…Am I missing something?

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