The Flyers believe Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic deserved every bit of the match penalty and automatic ejection that came with it following his illegal hit to the head of Dale Weise Monday night in Calgary. "I think for sure [it was deserving]," Weise said Tuesday. "I don't think he once tries to play the puck there. I'm not even looking at him. I'm looking at the puck and he just beelines straight for me. I saw a couple of his comments after the game where he says he's just trying to finish his check, but I don't even think he makes an attempt to make a play on the puck. I think it's a pretty dirty play." Added head coach Dave Hakstol: "I think they got the call right on the ice. It's hockey, it's a tough sport. I do think the right call was made on the ice. It's hard when you're looking at things at full speed in this game. Obviously, we have the luxury of video to look at things in slow motion from all different angles, and that makes it a lot easier to agree or disagree with calls. Having done that, I think they got the call right on the ice." A match penalty is assessed when a player is deemed to have "deliberately" injured or attempted to injure an opponent. Referees Brad Watson and Trevor Hanson conferred with linesmen Michel Cormier and Ryan Gibbons before ultimately making the decision. Hamonic is now suspended pending league review of the hit, but he believes there was never an intent to injure Weise.
Flyers felt Travis Hamonic deserved match penalty
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