Dale Hunter is often a man of few words until he wants the media to talk about something other than how his London Knights are playing.
Dale Hunter and the Knights host Game 5 of the final on Friday (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)Out of possible exasperation with the officials, or confusion stemming from the London Knights being down 3-1 in the Ontario Hockey League final, Hunter delivered a classic post-game tirade on Wednesday. Following the Barrie Colts' 6-4 comeback win, where Mark Scheifele scored four of the underdogs' five third-period goals to push London to the brink of elimination, Hunter accused the Winnipeg Jets first-rounder and his teammates of auditioning for Celebrity Diving.
It probably beats addressing the Knights' inability to suppress Scheifele, who has scored or assisted on 12 of the Colts' 17 goals through four games. Or why goalie Anthony Stolarz has allow 10 goals on 53 shots in the past two games. Or why
"Actually we played very well, got a 3-1 lead and the last six minutes of the second period, they started diving," Hunter said in a post-game press conference on Rogers Television. "And Belleville [which the Colts beat in the OHL Eastern final] warned us about that. Scheifele, these guys, they love to dive and draw penalties. They do three in a row and its changes the course of the game that way. It's a tough call when the referees, when people dive, they don't know whether it's a true hook or not a hook. Unfortunately, that's what they've been doing and they did it in the round before. It changed the course of the game.
"It's tough on the referees. If they're going to get away with it, we're going to have to do it also. It doesn't make for a very good hockey game. The National Hockey League, they have a rule, if you're on the list [of habitual divers], they don't get the calls."Read More »from London Knights’ Dale Hunter, down 3-1 in OHL final, slams ‘diving’ Barrie Colts