The 2016 Allan Cup Senior Men’s Hockey Tournament in Steinbach was going along smoothly for the first three days. But on Thursday afternoon a clerical error regarding an ineligible player for the Ile des Chenes North Stars set things into scramble mode just before the first of two scheduled quarter final games at the T.G. Smith Centre.
Photo of Ile des Chenes North Stars Courtesy of Doug Mathieson
The North Stars and Shellbrook Elks of Saskatchewwan were warming up for their 4 p.m. faceoff when the two teams were called off the ice. Tournament officials and Hockey Canada had been made aware that Ile des Chenes had used an extra import in their 8-3 win over Stoney Creek, Ontario on Monday Afternoon.
The North Stars were unaware they had dressed an ineligible player as their roster had been submitted and approved by Hockey Manitoba well in advance of the Tournament.
Following several hours of Meetings, and a closed door vote involving Hockey Canada and Branch Reps for each team, it was decided the quarterfinal pairings would be re-seeded as opposed to having Ile des Chenes disqualified.
Tournament Co-Chair Jared Driedger says the re-scheduling of games on Thursday to 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. resulted in a number of refunded tickets for the original 4 p.m. game. “We have a certain budget we have to meet, and we were well on our way to meeting that. This will be a roadblock but I certainly don’t see it sinking our event. We’re pretty sharp with our pencils so we’re not in danger in too many other areas. ”
The re-seeded quarterfinals saw Shellbrook defeat Stoney Creek 7-4 while the host South East Prairie Thunder edged the North Stars 3-1 with the final goal being scored into an empty net.
So Friday’s semifinals will see Shellbrook play the Bentley, Alberta Generals at 4 p.m., followed by Defending Champion South East and Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts of Newfoundland at 8 p.m. Driedger says a win by the Prairie Thunder would obviously help the hosting committee with the bottom line. “Not to put any pressure on Marv (GM Marv Kornelson) and his team (coached by former Manitoba Moose Brad Purdie and Justin Kurtz) but this would all go away if they make the final.”
South East lost 4-3 to Grand Falls-Windsor on Tuesday Night in the round robin.