— CBC Montreal (@CBCMontreal) May 7, 2016
Sportsnet called it a “water leak“, the Montreal Gazette called it an “ice refrigeration failure” and Station Nation said that Iamgold Arena was a “hot mess“. Whatever you call it, the refrigerant that leaked onto the ice between the first and second period of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League‘s game 2 finals at Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada was a disaster that was not easy to repair.
The game that will help determine this year’s President Cup winners, between the Shawinigan Cataractes and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, was stopped after the first period. Despite operations crew trying to fix the problem, which appeared to be coming from under where one of the net anchors had been, after an hour of trying, they needed more time and the game was “cancelled”.
The QJMHL’s website later confirmed the 20 minutes that had been played, where the Huskies were leading the Cataractes 2-1, meant the game would continue, and not be restarted.
According the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s rules 1.5.6 Rescheduling of a Game, in the case where (20) minutes or more have been played, the game will continue and be clocked with the remaining time before the original game was interrupted. Therefore, if the game resumes tomorrow at 4:00 pm, it will be played
The League’s commissioner, Gilles Courteau, was supposed to announce if the game would be resuming, or not, by lunchtime Saturday. At 1:15, their website was updated: the game will resume this afternoon at 4:00.
The arena, once called Aréna Dave-Keon after the Hall of Famer who came from Noranda, was renamed the Iamgold Arena in 2012 when the naming rights were purchased.