nalized for good hockey plays. It is tough for me as a coach to teach anything right now when I try and teach a guy to stand up on the play and every time we go to lay a body or do something it is a boarding call or it is called a check to the head. There were lots of good plays today that were called and were definitely questionable,” said a frustrated Woods.
The stream of players headed to the box had players, coaches, and fans wondering what the actual infractions were.
“I honestly think it is tough for us to believe in what I have to tell them right now. The guys are struggling to know what is right and what it wrong. It is so inconsistent throughout the whole league. You go to Saskatoon or you go to P.A. and it is body contact after body contact and our guys aren’ t used to it. You come here and you lay a body and you take a penalty and I am having a real tough time coaching these guys to know the difference.”
The Raiders inability to win games has compounded the problem said the veteran coach.
“As it is we are struggling as a team in league play and the guys are questioning what they can and can’t do. It makes it really hard, I see their frustration in their faces and I am definitely also getting frustrated at this point.”
Woods said changing their style of play to adapt to a different standard of officiating at home was not an option.
“We can’t be because we go out to other parts of the province and we will get run out of the rink. It is constant here, it is a different level of game in Swift Current. We cannot lay a body in Swift Current and it’s tough. So then we go all the way to P.A. last weekend and it was a battlefest. We got hit all over the ice and nothing was called. It is inconsistent throughout the province and I don’t know what to do at this point, I am stuck for words I guess with the kids.”
Woods was trying to help keep his team composed during a frustrating third period but his emotions got the best of him as well.
“You try to slow it down, you try and talk to them and communicate. But even myself, today frustration boiled to a new point. But at the same time I have to be the coach at that time so I called a timeout and tried to focus them and see what happens. It is a hard game and they are trying to battle. They are battling hard but we are just not having any success at all.”
The Raiders finished one-for-eight on the power play, but allowed three goals while shorthanded Sunday.
“You know we are doing all right. The power play, at times we moved the puck around, we are getting our chances, getting shots through, and getting deflections. We scored one on them, Wellschy lets a cannon go, makes it 4-3 and you are in it. We did okay killing penalties but you can only kill so many. We play those guys that have to kill penalties and they get tired and you just lose momentum and it goes the other way and I just don’t know what to do.”
The Raiders will be back at home Saturday to host the Regina Monarchs (7-16-2) at 5:15 p.m. at Fairview West Arena.
They will also visit the Monarchs in Regina Monday.