The Trenton Golden Hawks will take on the Stouffville Spirit in the 2nd round of the OJHL Playoffs, after a hard fought 2-1 win over Newmarket on Sunday.
Trenton scored twice in the first (Silveri/Morgan) and would only allow one.
Coach and GM Jerome Dupont.
D-man Chays Ruddy says Newmarket really tested them.
Forward Michael Silveri scored the first goal. He says getting two early was key.
At the end of the game, it was announced the Hurricanes were playing the game under protest.
Assistant General Manager John McDonald talked to Quinte News about the protest.
“Newmarket protested game 6, because they allege we had an ineligible roster. Two goalies and 21 players are to be protected by January 10th. When the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters brought Joseph Murdaca from Trenton to the OHL, that left the Golden Hawks with one goalie and 21 players,” according the McDonald.
He continued, “the Hurricanes are protesting the fact we did not have two eligible goalies by January 10th. This was brought before the Ontario Hockey Association Committee, who ruled the team was not in violation of the rule, because the Otters took one of our goaltenders. That hearing took place in February.”
McDonald went on to say, “Newmarket appealed OHA President Karen Phibbs’ decision and tried to have the OHA overrule her judgement. At the meeting it was pointed out that she had corresponded with the CJHL (Canadian Junior Hockey Leauge) and Hockey Canada, and those bodies agreed with Phibbs’ decision.”
The Assistant GM tells Quinte New, “the team has been notified by Hockey Canada and the OHA they are in compliance with the rules.”
McDonald says, “Newmarket has appealed once again, this time to the Ontario Hockey Federation. The Trenton Golden Hawks have not been advised of any upcoming hearings.”
The schedule for the 2nd round series is expected to be released Tuesday or Wednesday. Game one in Trenton is expected for Friday night.