December 05, 2010
Remember the early Rocky movies, when the the cinematic champ felt he couldn't get fights because he was left-handed? Team Canada netminding hopeful J.P. Anderson is a southpaw, but had no trouble getting a bout on Sunday.
The Mississauga St. Michaels Majors star goalie and the Guelph Storm's Brandon Foote left everyone wondering, what this brought on? with a scrap with 40 seconds left in the Storm's 6-5 upset win. Evidently, emotions boiled over after the Storm scored an empty-net clincher to go up by two. Whether there was something between the two 'tenders or they just decided to throw down for kicks, it was entertaining.
The game was pretty heated with 29 penalties, including a controversial high-sticking double minor in the third period that was given to the Majors' Derek Schoenmakers. Anderson, normally an even-keel personality, got driven into his net on a play in the first period.
Storm backup goalie Garret Sparks had to go in cold and promptly gave up a goal, causing Guelph to sweat out the final 26 seconds. Conceivably, Mississauga could have scored again, won in extra time and cut the Storm out of a point.
"Storm coach Jason Brooks praised his team’s spirit, but naturally wasn’t too thrilled to see his prized goalie rolling around on the ice in a fight.
" 'I like the fact we stuck together at the end, but I didn't like the fact we took penalties at the end and let our emotions get the better of us,' Brooks diplomatically stated.
" 'I don't know how or why it (the goalie fight) happened or started, but it wasn’t necessary.' " (Guelph Mercury)
Yes, it was totally gratuitious. The Ontario Hockey League typically slaps any player who removes his helmet before fighting with a one-game suspenson; we'll see if that applies to goaltenders.
(Stick tap: The Prospect Park.)
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Sports Canada. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.