DeBoer wants OHL to penalize Knight

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

Kitchener Rangers coach Peter DeBoer is waiting to hear from OHL commissioner David Branch.

But it's not for the tirade he launched over the work of referee Terry Hobor in Saturday's Game 2 of the Western Conference final.

It's for what DeBoer calls "a vicious cross-check to the back of one of our player's heads" by London Knights forward Josh Beaulieu.

DeBoer has asked the league to look at the tape, but the Knights are countering by asking the league to review an incident involving the Rangers' Adam Keefe and Dylan Hunter of London.

DeBoer said the incident involving Beaulieu and Rangers forward Kevin Henderson happened in front of the London bench with 2:30 left in the game.

"It's just like what Danny Bois did to Andre Benoit two years ago and got eight games for," DeBoer said, referring to a cross-check that cost the then-Knights captain a suspension.

"When attempts to injure like that are missed, it's frustrating."

Knights coach Dale Hunter said yesterday Keefe slew-footed Dylan Hunter in the third period and it wasn't called.

"That's what kind of series this is," Dale Hunter said. "The thing is we don't want someone to get hurt. It's bad out there right now. We better protect them."

As for the Beaulieu incident, Hunter said: "Benoit was cut for 20 stitches. This kid (Henderson) kept playing. He was holding Josh down and Josh was pushing off."

DeBoer will certainly be fined and possibly suspended for his remarks about Hobor, and this from the winning coach.

"It's tough enough beating the London Knights, the No. 1-ranked team in the country, without having to beat the refereeing, too," DeBoer said at the postgame media conference after Kitchener won 3-1 to tie the series.

"We're in the final four here and I can't believe there'd be that level of incompetency. I don't know if there is a mandate out there that the London Knights need a nice easy ride to the Memorial Cup or what, but that was embarrassing."

DeBoer didn't attempt yesterday to deny his remarks about Hobor, an eighth-year referee who's fourth on the seniority list and working his second conference finals.

"I know what I was saying in the press conference, absolutely," DeBoer said.

As for the disciplinary measures he expects from the league for his outburst, DeBoer said: "I don't know. I guess that will be up to the league office to decide."


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