Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Kantola Suspended

Bowling Green forward Kai Kantola has been suspended for three games by the CCHA for a check from behind in last Tuesday's game against Notre Dame.

It's not often that you see league-imposed suspensions in the NCAA. I didn't see the hit, but given the fact that it happened so early in a game, I can't imagine it was that intentional.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

What the hell does "that intentional" mean?! Who cares if it was early or late. He charged Lucyk when he was playing the puck with his back towards Kantola. It was dirty.

Anonymous said...

Western College Hockey's writer is a Minnesota State Fan. MSU put the goon in cheap goon.

WCHA Blog said...

Burn!!!11!1!!

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what being early in the game has to do with whether its intentional or not. I'm also surprised your initial reaction is to side with the player here. If the conference is stepping in to suspend a player theres probably a very good reason to do so.

Anonymous said...

You didn't see the play. However, early in the game = not intentional. Nice logic.

Chris said...

I wasn't taking either side. I was just pointing out that it doesn't seem to fall into the Boulerice/Bertuzzi family of pre-meditated cheap shots.

Anonymous said...

Your logic still doesnt make sense :P
Maybe they hated each other from juniors or something. Rivalries/hatreds don't have to build up just over the length of one game.

Anonymous said...

Chris, if you didn't see the check how do you know how severe it was?

Anonymous said...

He's part of this so called "media" - they think it is their responsibility to have an opinion on everything, whether they know anything about what actually happened or not.

I read this blog for facts, not opinions. I would imagine most everybody else does too.

Do your career a favor and just report the facts, mmmmmk? (;

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't ANYONE bring out this important fact. A player should NEVER have his back turned like that in the corner you are asking to get injured when you do that. I saw the hit. The player(on the receiving end)in the corner was bent over he turned the wrong way, it was a hard hit and the player got rocked, he did go on to play the rest of the game. Of course a hit from behind should be reprimanded but this is ridiculous.

IrishHockeyFan said...

regarding the comment that the player in question was bent over and turned the wrong way, what in the heck does that mean? He was chasing a puck into the corner and was on the receiving end of a dirty, cheap hit. He didn't play the "rest of the game", but only 2 or 3 more shifts, and has missed games since. For the record, I don't think there was any intent on his part to hurt Lucyck, and he seemed genuinly concerned afterwards regarding Lucyck. But he deserved some sort of sanction for that hit.

Anonymous said...

What it means is that when your in the corner like that you should be aware of a check coming at you and prepare for it, and not turn your back to it, he also had his head down. Its a fast physical game and stuff happens, either way I don't approve of a hit from behind.
Call the hit what you will call it cheap, intentional whatever ( I dont' think it was meant to injure anyone...) , a 4 game suspension is overkill, and the player was NOT injured, he went on to play the rest of the game.