What's Buzzing:

Buzzing The Net

Halifax Mooseheads’ Trey Lewis suspended after getting aggressor penalty when his goalie was run, twice (VIDEO)

Neate Sager
Buzzing The Net

View photo

.

Mooseheads defenceman Trey Lewis (Ghyslain Bergeron, The Canadian Press)

During the 2012 President's Cup playoffs, the Halifax Mooseheads lost then-captain Cameron Critchlow for a crucial playoff game after he received an automatic ban for removing a foe's helmet during a fight even thought it was debatable he did so. History has repeated itself with Halifax team leaders receiving penalties that call for automatic suspensions.

In the final minute of Game 4 of the President's Cup final, Baie-Comeau's Alec Jon Banville touched off a skirmish by bumping Mooseheads goalie Zachary Fucale after a whistle. Fucale retreated to a neutral corner, only to get bumped by the Drakkar's Charles Poulin. That led Lewis to intervene; after all that he got the aggressor penalty after standing up for his goalie. So Banville gets two games for precipitating the fracas while somehow Lewis gets one for doing something any player in his skates would have done. Perhaps the judgment was 'eye for an eye' and each team should lose a player for the potentially decisive Game 5 in Halifax on Friday, but common sense might suggest that Lewis was no aggressor. Besides, does the Q really want a goalie fighting a skater, which is usually a mismatch?

It's still worth sharing just for the bizarre scene of the defenceman having to tussle with both Poulin and Drakkar defenceman Gabriel Verplaest at the same time. Who knew Three To Tango was no longer just a bad late 1990s romcom?

The suspension was reviewable.

Suspensions are supposed to punish players for doing something malicious, reckless or uncouth, like trying to deliberately injure an opponent with a dirty play. Standing up for your goaltender ain't that. The QMJHL's aggressor rule, which is intended to cut down on late-game silliness, is a good one. Fights in the last five minutes of an already decided game are often nonsensical. But any rule needs to be applied appropriately to be good.

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet. Please address any questions, comments or concerns to btnblog@yahoo.ca (video: John Moore).

View Comments (5)
  • Browns WR Gordon out with injured quad

    Browns WR Gordon out with injured quad

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is expected to miss at least two weeks of training camp with a quadriceps injury, the latest setback for the troubled player. … More »

    AP - Sports - 25 minutes ago
  • Owner's patience give Bengals coach Lewis another chance

    Owner's patience give Bengals coach Lewis another chance

    Any other NFL team would be starting the season with a new head coach. A playoff meltdown against Pittsburgh left Cincinnati's Marvin Lewis 0-7 in the postseason, a mark that would get anybody else fired. Owner Mike Brown doesn't even think of it … More »

    AP - Sports - 7 minutes ago
  • Coyotes young star becomes advocate for diabetes awareness in Canada

    Coyotes young star becomes advocate for diabetes awareness in Canada

    Max Domi remembers the day he met Philadelphia Flyers legend Bobby Clarke as "one of the cooler moments of my life". Like Domi, Clarke had type-1 diabetes, but still became a Hall of Fame player for the Philadelphia Flyers. Now 21 and a … More »

    The Canadian Press - 7 minutes ago
  • Stepanovs say drug cheats will compete in Rio

    Stepanovs say drug cheats will compete in Rio

    Russian drug cheats will be competing at next month's Rio Olympics, the whistleblowers who helped uncover the country's doping scandal have told the BBC. Vitaly Stepanov, who worked for Russia's anti-doping agency, and his wife, former drugs cheat … More »

    Reuters - 8 minutes ago
  • Chiefs quarterbacks report for start of competition

    Tyler Bray and Kevin Hogan strolled side-by-side toward Scanlon Hall, their home for the next few weeks of training camp, almost as if they had already formed some sort of alliance. All three of them arrived at Missouri Western on Tuesday, along … More »

    AP - Sports - 8 minutes ago