A YouTube moment?
That's if anyone at Prospera Place had their cell phone video apps rolling as Lethbridge Hurricanes head coach Rich Preston tossed water bottles and a clipboard onto the ice in disgust in the third period of a 5-3 loss Saturday night to the Kelowna Rockets.
The Hurricanes scored a power play goal to make it a one goal game only to have it called back after one of the linesman reported to the referee's that a spearing infraction by Hurricanes forward Graham Hood occurred before the goal was scored.
The penalty was reported to the referee's after the first stoppage of play, which was when Brody Sutter scored to make it 4-3. After a lengthy discussion, the officiating crew explained to Preston what had happened and that the goal was disallowed.
Frustrated, Preston began, calmly, rolling water bottles onto the ice before tossing - Frisbee style - a clipboard.
After being notified that he was ejected from the game, Preston again calmly, yet slowly, made his way off the bench towards the Hurricanes dressing room.
Preston clearly had harsh words for the linesman and referee's before his departure, but under the circumstances he could have taken it a lot further than he did.
Will he be fined?
Could he be suspended?
Was he disputing a questionable call that likely would have angered any coach into doing uncharacteristic things?
Will Preston's theatrics always be remembered by those who attended Saturday's game at Prospera Place?
Without a doubt.
- I didn't see the spear.
- You have to question the penalty as neither of the two referee's saw it on the ice. I would hope the two are competent enough to notice something as sever as a spear.
- Hurricanes forward Graham Hood was on the bench when the goal was scored and the penalty was called.
- I am told the alleged infraction took place close to a minute and a half before the goal was scored.