The Flyers are known for playing a rough, physical game. They’ve piled up more penalty minutes than any other team in the NHL this season. The team has certainly earned their Broad Street Bullies nickname, never being afraid to mix it up or drop the gloves.
It looks like Flyers goaltending prospect Anthony Stolarz is ready to step in and fill their skates. Check out this stickwork on Windsor Spitfires forward Josh Ho-Sang.
Ho-Sang was already being given a penalty for his slash on the goaltender after the puck was covered. Stolarz was given the same – 2:00 for high-sticking, though he got a lot more value for his violent, head-targeting swing.
— Tony Ambrogio (@Tony_Ambrogio) March 26, 2014
“I apologize for my actions on Tuesday night,” Stolarz said Wednesday in a statement, as reported by TSN. “It’s an unfortunate situation and in no way did I intend to injure my opponent, Joshua Ho-Sang.”
The two teams are in a nasty first round playoff battle. In Game 2 of the series, an on-ice brawl broke out, resulting in the eventual suspension of Spitfires forward Cristiano DiGiacinto for five games. Here’s that debacle, which came at the end of a 5-0 Knights victory:
The Knights are up 3-0 in their series against Windsor and should have no issues moving on to the next round of the OHL playoffs. They’ll have to do it without their number one netminder.
Of course, goaltending changes are commonplace in this series between Windsor and London. In the same game that saw Stolarz swing at Ho-Sang, Spitfires goalie Dalen Kuchmey packed up his toys and left. Seriously. After allowing eight goals on 26 shots, he pulled himself from the game and drove home.
Good luck, boys. You’ll have to hold down the fort for the next eight. That includes the start of their next playoff series, likely against the top-ranked Guelph Storm.
From the OHL:
The Ontario Hockey League today announced the results of a review of an incident which took place in a game played in Windsor on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014, involving the Spitfires and the visiting London Knights Hockey Club.
The incident reviewed was a high sticking infraction involving player Anthony Stolarz of the London Knights Hockey Club.
Based on a review of the incident, it is the position of the League that player Anthony Stolarz shall be suspended for eight (8) games effective immediately.
It should be understood that if the suspension to player Stolarz cannot be served in its entirety prior to the commencement of the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup, player Stolarz’s participation in the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup will be reviewed at that time.