Here’s what the Komets' Justin Hodgman had to say about the swing of the stick he took at the final whistle toward the Kalamazoo Wings’ Tanner Sorenson tonight: “If they look at the video, they’ll see that I barely touched him. He shouldn’t be cross-checking me from behind into the crossbar at the end of the game like that.”
It’s true, Hodgman barely makes contact, if at all. Also true: He has no history with infractions. The ECHL needs to take into account these sorts of things.
However, contact or not, in my experience, a baseball swing is a baseball swing and contact doesn’t matter; I’ve just seen this before in multiple leagues. I’m guessing he gets a game, but the one thing that may get him out with just a fine is it was toward the legs and not something higher – and that the referee did tag him with a match penalty.
I’d also expect the ECHL to look at the Justin Taylor instigation in the final minute that drew a misconduct.
Video of the Hodgman incident is above. The bad reception is from the Memorial Coliseum end. Sorry.
As for the beautiful Hodgman-to-Jake Kamrass goal in the Komets’ 2-1 victory tonight, Hodgman said: “It was a a little bit of luck. Just reading the play, I figured he’d be right behind me. I don’t know if he was yelling or not, but I was hoping he would be. Otherwise, I’d look like an idiot. I got lucky but it turned out looking pretty nice.”
It’s amazing how guys skating on the same line develop a sixth sense after awhile.
Kamrass added: “We’re starting to build a little chemistry. It’s taken some time. I knew he was going to leave it because he didn’t have a full step on that defenseman. I had to bury that.”
When I interjected that I thought Hodgman did indeed have a step, Kamrass chuckled that: “Hodgie is not really a shooter.”
Someone should tell Larry Sterling that.