What a despicable display we saw tonight, eh? The FAIRBANKS Nanooks went seriously overboard tonight. The team attitude ... from the BENCH to the ice was worthy of league sanctioning. Seriously, if the WCHA doesn't step up and sanction UA_ for the end of that game tonight then we're in a truly crap league. Dallas Ferguson should be righteously ashamed of his team. The freaking Assistant Coach got TOSSED with 8 seconds left.
Let's run this down so there can be no mistake about the goonery we saw tonight: UA_ went 15 penalties for 87 minutes in penalties tonight versus the Seawolves 10. SIXTY-FOUR of those 88 came in the final 90 seconds of the game (87 to be precise). That's ridiculous. I like Dallas Ferguson BUT, he needs to apologize for his team's BS tonight ... and that honestly isn't enough; redundantly---the WCHA seriously needs to sanction ua_ or they suck. Say whatever you want about Bruce McLeod but he would have been on the phone will Dallas Ferguson and been asking, "WTF?"
There's been more than a fair bit of nastiness between the Seawolves and the crapteam from a craphole on a muddy river but tonight took it to a new level. Maybe my memory sucks, but I can't remember more ugliness than I witness tonight. Shyiak throwing a water bottle is like a piss in the ocean compared to the nonsense we saw.
I'm proud of the Seawolves for the win. I worked til 8:30 or so and only got to see the last 5 mins of the 2nd and the 3rd period of the game. I'm glad they didn't respond to the crap that ua_ pulled; but honestly ... I wouldn't have minded if a Seawolf had responded by giving someone in a TRULY/ UGLY powder blue jersey with a STUPID LOOKING logo a legitimate helmetless-gloveless beating at center ice. ua_ deserved that.
Make no mistake, I'm all about our Seawolves taking two points. My boys (yes I'm sorta pulling for another WCHA team to do well) in Alabama put up a nice W against Norther Michigan tonight ... so I'm glad we kept pace with them and helped ourselves a wee bit in the standings. Of course, it's more important that we beat Squarebanks for all that rivalry stuff and that stupid Governor's Cup that Fairbanks fans are so deeply enaamored with winning via a shootout.
Saturday night has the makings of something epic IMHO. I hope our boys play with passion, focus and grit in Saturday's game. If they do then I've few doubts that we'll sweep these suckers on their awful rink.
Also, I think Olivier Mantha will become recognized as one of the finest Division 1 goaltenders in the near future. He's really got a nice set of tools with perhaps the top one being his composure. I don't want to take away from his notable talent/skills but this kid is as level-headed as they come. I mentioned to my fine friend Bill tonight that Mantha was akin to Nathan Lawson minus the crazy. Mantha will play in the NHL one day ... mark my words.
Props to Matt Shasby for his gutsy prediction when I saw him at Dempsey today; I aksed him if UAA was gonna win tonight and he said, "Definitely." (or something similar which I must admit escapes me since I've had a couple).
Congrats Seawolves on a nice win. Let them know what you're all about tomorrow night fellas. Put another W on the board.