OHL goalie ditches team amid 10-2 playoff thrashing

Dalen Kuchmey of the Windsor Spitfires blocks a shot at the net during their game against the...

Dalen Kuchmey of the Windsor Spitfires blocks a shot at the net during their game against the Niagara IceDogs earlier this season. (Julie Jocsak/QMI Agency)

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An OHL goalie gave himself the hook during Tuesday night’s playoff game in Windsor, Ont.

After that, Spitfires’ No. 2 goalie Dalen Kuchmey ditched his gear and ditched the arena all before the start of the third period, driving away from the arena amid a 10-2 thrashing from the London Knights.

Playing in place of first-choice goaltender Alex Fotinos, who was on the bench with an illness, Kuchmey abandoned his team after being shelled for eight goals on 26 shots heading into the second intermission.

"He left the ice and the rink before the (second) period was over,” Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner confirmed to the Canadian Press. “He quit on our team and he quit on his teammates."

As a result of the win, the Knights extended their first-round playoff series lead to 3-0 over Windsor.

Boughner said he asked his No. 1 goalie if he’d be able replace Kuchmey after the visitors jumped out to a commanding 4-0 lead.

"He said, 'if you need me, great, but I don't feel good at all,’ the Spitfires coach explained to reporters after the game.

The Spitfires are considering replacing Kuchney on the roster with a Junior B goalie ahead of Game 4 Thursday.


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