May 19, 2011
Bitter rivals to meet during Memorial Cup week
By RYAN PYETTE, QMI Agency
The bad blood from the Ontario Hockey League final has spilled into Memorial Cup week.
Owen Sound forward Andrew Shaw, suspended for the final two games of a dramatic seven-game win over Mississauga, is still miffed Majors head coach Dave Cameron singled him out in a recent rant accusing the attack of cowardly acts, cheap shots and diving during the series.
“I lost a little bit of respect for him the way he called out a 19-year-old player like that,” said Shaw, recently named the city of Belleville’s athlete of the year. “We’re a gritty, hard-working team and we keep proving teams wrong.
“All year, we’ve overcome obstacles and we didn’t let anything — opposing teams, coaches, referees — get us down. That’s why we’re coming back here as OHL champions and it’s a great feeling.”
Shaw hasn’t played since receiving a match penalty for punching Majors forward Chris DeSousa in the nose near the end of Game 5 of the championship series.
“It wasn’t easy to watch (Games) 6 and 7,” he said. “I’ll tell you, it was tough. I was sweating like a pig up there.”
He’ll be back on the ice again for Owen Sound’s tourney opener Saturday night against the Western Hockey League champion Kootenay Ice. The “diving” label hasn’t disappeared.
“They dive,” Mississauga defenceman Dylan DeMelo said. “They have certain guys on their team who flop around out there and there’s really not a lot you can do about it.
“You get used to it and keep playing through it.”
This talk is nothing new for Owen Sound star forward Joey Hishon. London Knights head coach Dale Hunter accused him of diving before the playoffs started.
“We’ve heard it a lot and we don’t worry about any of it,” the Colorado Avalanche first rounder said. “We just play the game and I don’t think we’ve got any breaks for the referees.
“I think I had one of the highest penalty minute totals (eighth in the league with 32; Shaw was first with 53) in the playoffs.”
They know they will have the support in the stands. About 3,000 fans from the Grey-Bruce region made the trek to the Hershey Centre for Game 7 last Sunday.
“It’s going to happen again,” Hishon said. “I think people should get used to Owen Sound having a home game every time we play.”
And he meant to include next Wednesday night, when the Attack and Majors meet once more to close the Cup’s round-robin portion.