Slade’s tem­per comes out again

Regina Leader-Post - - Sports - By MATTHEW WUEST Hal­i­fax Daily News

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.

Leader-Post files

Dustin Slade was volatile with the Pats.

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