We seem to do this once every season.
And here we go again … time out!!! We have people on here who are practically threatening a high school kid. We have people on here absolutely killing a high school coach. We have people on here calling me out for not putting every poor decision made by rival teams in a headline.
Were there some cheap shots in tonight’s game between Suffern and North Rockland? Regardless of intent, the hit that Justin Tiso absorbed was completely unnecessary. It was behind the play. Tiso probably didn’t see it coming. I’m not even sure the officials saw it happen, and it was a scary moment.
The folks taking issue with the way I reported last night’s game need to realize we generally do not crucify high school athletes in print for letting emotion get the best of them. You also need to realize, on the blog, I can share an opinion, in a game story, there’s no place for my personal thoughts.
North Rockland came out and played a physical game. That’s allowed under the rules. Now did the Red Raiders cross the line? Probably. And they got called for penalty after penalty. There were two majors assessed. Should we blame that on the coach, or the parents who stood behind the glass screaming at their sons to hit everything in blue and white? That was excessive. And the language violates every rule the section has for sportsmanship.
There’s a problem there. I was embarrassed for both schools listening to some of the adults in the room. How about we address that nonsense before we take on the kids? And can we get signage for the rinks that spells out the standard of behavior expected? Maybe it’s time we prohibit fans from standing behind the glass when there is plenty of room in the stands.
And let’s be clear, both teams made some bad decisions. There were attempts to retaliate for the hit on Tiso, including a forearm/elbow to the head, which resulted in a Suffern player getting knocked down by North Rockland after the second-period buzzer.
It was all related.
You’ve heard this many times before … respect the game. Some of the behavior I saw on the ice and on the blog is only damaging the game. Realize that hockey does have critics. It’s becoming a luxury item for most school districts. Why are you giving those people a reason to put the sport under a microscope?