Sometimes a video says a thousand words. Speaking of a thousand, it was like Dauphin Kings coach-GM Marlin Murray threw that many items on to the ice while expressing his frustration with the referees during his team's loss in a Manitoba Junior Hockey League playoff game on Thursday in Winnipeg.
With time winding down in a 5-1 Game 4 loss to the Winnipeg Saints, who received SIXTEEN power-play opportunities, Murray held a yard sale behind Dauphin's bench. Soon enough, the St. James Civic Centre ice resembled Will Ferrell's yard in Everything Must Go, as Murray threw anything and everything he could lay his hands on. He threw, by unofficial count, at least a dozen sticks, including four at a time. Hey, if you're going to get ejected to prove a point to the officials and incur a fine from the league, make sure you get your money's worth.
Murray's built the Kings into a very solid franchise in the MJHL, but their string of always winning at least one playoff round each season is in jeopardy. They won their division in the regular season and were second overall behind the Portage Terriers, but Thursday's result left them down 3-1 in the series.
Presumably the Saints, who finished 18 points behind Dauphin in the regular season, have earned that result. To put it mildly, though, the fact they have had a 38-25 edge in power plays has probably made the job a wee bit easier. Winnipeg has had more power plays in each game except Game 3, when they were even (five apiece) and Dauphin got its only win so far. Murray has received some sympathy from around the league for showing up referees Ryan Galley and Brett Montsion. Meantime, one expects his team will be trying to save their season in Game 5 on Sunday with their coach nowhere near the bench due to a pending suspension.
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