Rich Kromm was clearly not happy about the officiating in the third period of the Thunder’s 4-2 loss to San Francisco on Friday.
Was he correct?
To a point. And the problem was more about what wasn’t called than what was.
First, it should be noted that officials can be an easy excuse, and Stockton had plenty of chance to at least tie the game in regulation before San Francisco sealed the deal with a late empty-net goal. Still, this game was not well officiated.
After JM McNulty’s crew laid off the whistle much of the game, Stockton was called for three quick penalties. The result was two San Francisco power play goals (one a 5-on-3), and the Thunder never caught up.
Frankly, I didn’t have a problem with two of the three penalties. The too many men call was obvious, and a slashing on Nathan Deck was pretty clear. Not as sure about a slash on Garet Hunt, but I didn’t get a great look at it.
But those were the only three penalties of the third period, and that was ridiculous.
There were a few you could have called on SF, and should have. I counted a hold against Thunder defenseman Ryan Constant that gets called in youth leagues, and there was a couple of others.
Who knows if Stockton scores on any of the possible power plays, and inconsistent officiating is something you have to overcome.
It’s not an excuse. But facts are facts, and the officials were not consistent on Friday.