EDMONTON, Alberta — 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.
"For me personally, I was kind of surprised I guess," Hamonic said. "Things happen quick out there. I felt like I kept my arms down. I didn't really move out of position. It's unfortunate that he kind of jumps out of the way like that, but certainly no malicious attempt. I think I'm a pretty honest player."
The hit came on the faceoff following Scott Laughton's goal that gave the Flyers a 5-2 lead in the third period. Watching the replay, Hamonic's elbow gets up high hitting Weise's shoulder and chin but narrowly misses his head. Weise had to be helped off the ice by trainer Jimmy McCrossin and you could see Weise signal to teammates that he was fine as he skated off the ice.
"I feel good, yeah," Weise said. "I kind of got spun around ballerina-like, so I had to get my bearings. Once I walked off, I was fine. I was cleared and passed the tests."
Weise returned to the bench after he was evaluated but never returned to action. On Tuesday, Weise participated in the Flyers' optional skate at Rogers Place in Edmonton along with defenseman Radko Gudas, who teammates say would be facing a significant suspension if he was the one delivering that hit.
"Yeah, these guys joke about all this stuff right now," Gudas said. "I've seen it happen. I'm not sure it was really a dirty hit. I don't think he had a lot of time to get out of the way. I don't think it was anything intentional, to be honest with you."