Jeremy Langlois admittedly got his hat trick a little late, but the fans still should have been able to celebrate it.
The Thunder beat the Ontario Reign 5-3 Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in its best-of-seven ECHL Western Conference playoff series. Laglois had a fabulous game, and the star rookie had a hat trick.
The problem was that one of his goals was originally credited to another player, and Langlois didn’t get credit until the the third period. When it was announced, some fans threw hats, but were ordered to stop under the threat of a minor penalty.
It was funny that someone threw a hat from the Ontario bench in a vain attempt to give Stockton the penalty. But really, let the fans throw their hats. It was well after the goal, sure. But it doesn’t take that long to throw some caps into a bag.
Let’s not be party poopers about this.
Of course, the crowd did have a good time watching Stockton take it to Ontario. Ryan Constant drew the biggest cheer of the night with a hard check which sent Everett Sheen flying into his own bench. Expect that play to show up on Youtube.
It was a great night for Stockton, which now heads for Ontario. The Reign still has its four home games in its pocket, but there has to be some concern about what happened in Stockton.