Friday, May 29, 2020

Red Devils drop Game #2, upset with officiating

The Wallaceburg Red Devils Junior ‘B’ Lacrosse Club is livid.

Not only did the team drop Game #2 of their best-of-five Ontario Junior ‘B’ Lacrosse League playoff series to the Elora Mohawks 13-6 on Sunday, coaches with the team are upset with the way the game was officiated as well.

“Kind of speechless after that outcome,” Justin Durston, coach for the Red Devils, told the Sydenham Current on Monday.

“Had a lot of say (after the game) but, the reality is we got screwed by officiating.”

Durston said the two officials on Sunday’s game, which had 608 people packed into Wallaceburg Memorial Arena, were both from Elora.

“Just a disgrace of a game,” he said.

In total, the Red Devils gathered 101 penalty minutes on 17 infractions compared to Elora’s 42 minutes on 10 infractions.

On the scoreboard, the game was close until the third period, with Wallaceburg holding a 6-5 lead entering the final frame.

However, the Mohawks dominated the third with eight unanswered goals.

Cory Lucier led the Devils with 2 goals and 1 assist.

Durston says the team needs to re-group.

“Keeping our focus,” he said.

“Our job is to win the game on the scoreboard. Not having calls go our way hurts us more than it helps us, but we need to stay cool and play over that adversity.”

The series is now tied at 1-1, with Game # 3 being held in Elora on Saturday.

Game #4 will shift back to Wallaceburg on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Here are some photos from Sunday’s game:

– Photo credit: Aaron Hall

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