Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Kerrzy's Notebook: Bad Blood

As the countdown to the Memorial Cup in Brandon, Manitoba, continues, things are heating up one province over.

Here's the background: The Barrie Colts are on the brink of elimination in Windsor tonight, as the Spitfires look to clinch their second straight J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL champs - but that's not why people are talking about this series.

It's been a strange one right from the start - game one was highlighted by Barrie fans throwing boxes of macaroni and cheese onto the ice after a 4-3 overtime loss. "The easy-prep meals, intended to be used as noise-makers, were to be donated to the local food bank," says the Belleville Intelligencer. That plan, however, was scrapped with "thundersticks and clappers" being supplied instead.

So let me get this straight - the Barrie Colts encouraged fans to bring boxes of macaroni, use them as noise-makers and then donate them on the way back out of the rink? Maybe it's just me, but that sounds a little bit ridiculous. After scoring the OT-winner, Windsor's (and maybe soon Edmonton's) Taylor Hall said he thought about taking some home, which probably just riled up the fans even more!

Fast forward to game three - Adam Henrique scored three times and Hall put up three points in a 5-2 Windsor win, but things got really interesting in the final 50 seconds of the third period.

It started with Windsor's Adam Wallace running into Colts forward Matt Kennedy and then punching him repeatedly. That was followed by Barrie's Darren Archibald running Spitfires goaltender Philipp Grubauer and Zac Rinaldo, fresh off a 12-game suspension, getting into an altercation with an official. Wallace, Archibald and Rinaldo were each suspended indefinitely and both clubs were fined $5,000 for the incidents.

Off the ice there's been some interesting happenings too, with the Colts pulling a fast one on the Spitfires at the OHL draft this past weekend.

They did so by choosing Kerby Rychel, who was rated as a second round pick at best says the National Post, with the final pick of the first round. What's so controversial about that, you ask? Well, the Detroit Belle Tire winger is the son of Windsor general manager and co-owner Warren Rychel!

The Post says that most OHL teams invite prospects out for a look at the town and give them a rundown on the organization that they may soon be a part of, something the Colts never did for Rychel. His dad apparently made it clear that he'd be choosing his son with his team's second round pick and there's a so-called "gentleman's agreement" when it comes to family ties.

If anything, this should make for an exciting game four - especially if the game is out of reach early on!

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