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Trojans disqualified from Zone 4 playoffs

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

The Portage Collegiate Institute Trojans were informed they were disqualified from the playoffs Mondy after playing Sunday's Survivor Series game with an ineligible player. (file photo)

The Portage Collegiate Institute Trojans were informed they were disqualified from the playoffs Mondy after playing Sunday's Survivor Series game with an ineligible player. (file photo)

An unfortunate mistake cost the boys their trip to the postseason.

The Portage Collegiate Institute Trojans didn’t participate in the Zone 4 Hockey League playoffs Monday night as they were disqualified from contention due to playing with an ineligible player in Sunday’s Survivor Series game.

“It sucks a lot for our Grade 12 players,” says Trojans head coach, Brendan Schaan. “Apparently Lane Blight got suspended in our game Friday night and because he played Sunday we have to forfeit. It’s a really terrible situation that could’ve been avoided.”

The Trojans received the news Monday afternoon hours before the boys were supposed to board a bus to Altona to take on the WC Miller Aces in the first round of the playoffs. Blight received a major penalty late in Friday night’s final regular season match and because the game sheet didn’t reach the commissioner until late Sunday after the elimination game had been played, the PCI staff didn't hear about it until Monday. 

An email was sent out to Schaan and Portage Collegiate Athletics Director Jo-Anne Clark-Gillespie saying the team would have to, unfortunately, drop out of the playoffs because of the issue.

* It clearly states in the Zone 4 Hockey League constitution that the onus is on the coach and manager to ensure a suspension is fulfilled otherwise to contact the league commissioner.


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