Slade’s temper comes out again
HALIFAX — Dustin Slade boiled over for the first time in a Halifax Wolverines jersey on Thursday night in Moncton.
The 20-year-old goaltender, who signed with the Wolverines in January and arrived in town with a well-documented history of volatility, was booted in the third period of a 4-3 victory over the Moncton Beavers in Maritime Junior A Hockey League action.
Slade received two minutes for high-sticking, two minutes for instigating, a fighting major, a 10-minute misconduct and a game misconduct at 3:42 for dropping the gloves with Beavers forward Pierre-Alexandre Poulin.
Wolverines head coach Dean Hopkins said the Beavers had been “running Slade continuously,’’ but he thought Slade was out of line for his actions.
“I don't think you're ever in line to do something like that,’’ Hopkins said. ’’You have to somehow be patient and keep your cool, but at the same time, I don't know if anybody could actually keep their cool when that's continuously happening to you.’’
Also on the play, Halifax’s Jeff Marchand fought Moncton’s Zack Tessier.
Hopkins said it was “bounty season’’ on Slade, but Beavers head coach Troy Dumville said his players were just ’’going hard to the net’’ and ’’creating screens.’’
“Slade thought we were trying to get under his skin, but there’s no advantage for us to do that,’’ Dumville said. ’’He was just a little bit hot under the collar. “He had a very short fuse, for some reason.’’ Slade’s high-sticking penalty resulted in 14 stitches for Beavers 17-year-old rookie Joel Boffe, Dumville said.
Slade, 21, was sent home by the Regina Pats for disciplinary reasons during the 2004-05 season. He was subsequently traded to the Vancouver Giants, whom he backstopped to the WHL title last season. Slade left the Giants early this season.
Dustin Slade was volatile with the Pats.