WINNIPEG – They did the crime and they’ve done their time but there’s still no guarantee Nic Petan and Jan Kostalek will be back in the Manitoba Moose lineup on Friday against the Toronto Marlies. The pair were benched for Tuesday’s game against Grand Rapids after being late for practice.
“I haven’t made a decision yet, still thinking about whether they’re playing or not.” head coach Keith McCambridge said. “Everybody is given team rules at the beginning of the year. It’s a four page rule book. So players know when they need to be at the rink and what the fines are in place for that.”
Both Petan and Kostalek slept in on Tuesday and Petan seemed to believe that he’d be re-inserted into the lineup against the Marlies. A good bet considering the Moose are short on healthy forwards.
“I don’t think it’s a big deal.” Petan said. “Just ended up being late for practice and it happens. People make mistakes. Obviously it wasn’t my intention but it’s a team rule so I think I agree with it. It’s a team rule so nothing you can complain about. The guys were good about it. I apologized to the guys and they were all super understanding about it.”
Petan said his alarm didn’t go off but didn’t indicate whether it was an equipment malfunction or operator error.
“Alarms didn’t go off so I think sometimes that happens.” Petan said. “It’s out of my control but I guess I’m setting lots of alarms now. It’s OK, it’s over with so nothing to be worried about.”
Kostalek on the other hand took the blame square on.
“I was late and it’s not fair against the other guys.” Kostalek said. “I need to learn from it. That’s it.”
“There’s rules in place and if guys break them there’s consequences.” McCambridge said. “That to me not only is a hockey lesson, it’s a life lesson. You have to be on time for things.”
WATCH: McCambridge along with Petan and Kostalek discuss the circumstances around their benching after being scratched for Tuesday’s game against Grand Rapids
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