He was assessed a two-minute minor for the infraction, despite protest from the visitors bench. But late in the game, defenceman Jan Piskacek was given two minutes in the box after what appeared to be a clean check.
“ Six penalties, that made a difference in the game,” said head coach and general manager Mario Durocher, who said his team was dominant the first two periods.
“ We had some bad penalties that we deserved and there were some bad calls, too.
“ We outskated those guys and outmuscled those guys and how can we get six penalties in one period? There was hooking on both sides and why we were the only team in the box.”
Lacerte stopped 34 shots to keep his team in the game, but ultimately fell to 10-12 with the loss.
Both teams will play again tonight at 7 p.m.
NOTES: Durocher said defenceman Morgan Ellis (concussion) will miss tonight’s game and Tuesday’s contest against the Moncton Wildcats. They hope to have him for the team’s road trip to Prince Edward Island next weekend. VANCOUVER— Define best Games ever. Or worst Games.
The endless babble concerning Vancouver’s place in Olympic history continues, with the foreign press — and some domestic reporters, too — taking great delight in pointing out a series of faux pas that have in some cases saddled these Games.
Vancouver has not been without its hiccups. Broken down buses. Drivers hired over the phone getting lost. Erectile dysfunction with one of the torches during the opening ceremonies. The torch, the very symbol of the Olympics, cordoned off to the public by a chain link fence. And, of course, tragedy. Who knows if the death of Nodar Kumaritashvili could have been prevented. Perhaps a little more caution could have come into play with the design of the Whistler Sliding Centre, which scared the bejeezes out of most of WHISTLER, B.C. (CP) — Clara Hughes carried the Maple Leaf to help kick off the Vancouver Olympics. The veteran speedskater is picking Alexandre Bilodeau as the home side’s flagbearer when the Games come to a close Sunday.
“I am fully behind Alex,” Hughes said in an email to The Canadian Press. “He is truly inspiring to me and his gold shines bright, like the sun in the sky. Not just because it was the first for Canada on Canadian soil, more so because of who he is.”
Bilodeau won moguls gold, becoming the first Canadian to be crowned Olympic champion at home. He also won the hearts of Canadians with his post-medal tribute to older brother Frederic, who has cerebral palsy.