The Philadelphia Flyers would love to have a goalie as skilled as Ron Hextall coming up, but prospect Anthony Stolarz of the London Knights took on Hextall’s bad guy persona in a win over Windsor last night.
It’s not a close series, but it has certainly turned into a strange one. During London’s 10-2 stomping of Windsor in Game 3 of opening round Ontario League playoff action, Knights goalie Anthony Stolarz took exception to a dig from Windsor’s Josh Ho-Sang. Stolarz, a Philadelphia Flyers draft pick who played for Team USA at the world juniors, responded by slashing the Spitfires star in the back of the head:
And that wasn’t even the strangest thing to happen in Windsor last night.
With starter Alex Fotinos sick, the Spitfires had to leave goalie Dalen Kuchmey in net for the first eight goals against, prompting Kuchmey to leave the rink during the game.
And while Kuchmey is likely finished as a Spitfire, the question for Stolarz this morning is how long will he be suspended? The OHL takes a tough stance on discipline and if the head shot was accidental, Stolarz didn’t appear to show any remorse in the immediate aftermath. He was assessed a minor high-sticking penalty on the play.
The Knights host the Memorial Cup this year, so they’re guaranteed a berth, but winning the OHL title for a third straight season would be an obvious triumph. With the Windsor series looking like a sweep (the Knights are up 3-0 now), a long-term suspension to Stolarz would really hurt London, which will likely have to go through two of powerhouses Erie, Guelph or Sault Ste. Marie just to get past the conference final.