I can think of nothing but the line from Conan The Barbarian after this game when asked "What is the best in life?", Conan answers, "To crush your enemies, see them driven before you and to hear the lamentation of their women." Being on the wrong side of that is .... shall we say; ... not good.
Tonight's game turned on a couple of crucial moments late in the 3rd period. Though down 2-1 there was still every expectation that UAA could make a go of it. The guys were giving it their all but got tagged with a 5 minute major to Brad Gorham. Didn't see the contact and there was no replay so I'll offer no critique of that call.
But then early in the 5 minute penalty Tommy Grant broke fairly clean in on goal and was hauled down before he got to the crease by two pursuing UAF players. No call. At this point it's important to remember that earlier in the game UAF was given a 2 minute penalty for a play nearly identical to last night awarding of a penalty shot to UAF. So when no call came on this second breakaway, Shyiak lost control.
He tossed a water bottle on the ice and when the whistle blew he jumped over the boards and onto the ice to give the referee a piece of his mind. At first, the referee just made him climb back over but after a brief conference they tossed him from the game and called a 2 minute unsportsmanlike on UAA. That gave UAF a 5-on-3 power play and they didn't squander it. Game over man.
There were other factors that contributed to the loss. Unlike Friday night when UAA went 3 for 5 on the power play, tonight they only got the late power play goal with Jonny O pulled for a 6 on 4 advantage. Had they scored on any of the other chances earlier in the game then the "crucial" moments might not have made such a big difference. But they didn't and so it was.
Coach Shyiak has to man up on this and say, "It was my fault" or "This loss is on me" or something along those lines. Anything less will be inappropriate. And I won't be surprised if Bruce McLeod sits him for an extra game regardless of what he says. I don't blame Shyiak for losing his cool. Don't get me wrong. I would have went ballistic too.
The first breakaway haul down was fully deserving of a penalty shot call. When they did nothing on Grant's shorthanded breakaway ... man, that would have fried my ass if I'd been behind the bench. So Shyiak has to man up publicly, it is only such a mea culpa that can do anything to even slightly mitigate the situation.
Sucks to get swept by the hobbits. And I'm looking forward to a little WCHA referee payback next season. OMG ... Did I just wish for WCHA referees to call a UAA game?