January 13, 2014
When it comes to goalie fights, nearly everyone paraphrases David Krumholtz in his uncredited Superbad cameo — "every day, I've been waking up prayin' I see a goalie fight." On Saturday, Maritime Hockey League fans were treated to just such a fight after tempers boiled over at the final buzzer of the Yarmouth Mariners' 4-3 win over the Mirimachi Timberwolves.
With 7.6 seconds left, Yarmouth's Connor Donaghey scored the winning goal off a scramble to decide the contest. There was some stickwork following the ensuing faceoff and soon enough, both teams started brawling. The focus might have been on the tussle between his goalie, Chase Gaudet, and Miramichi's masked man, Clint Windsor, a former Ontario Hockey League goaltender. Gaudet got the W, but Windsor appeared to get the decision, so there's that.
Referee Josh Goreham might have worn out a pen writing down all the rules violations; remember this happened at the Junior A level, where there has been a push to restrict how often players can drop the gloves. (The Maritime league is part of the Canaidan Junior Hockey League, which has voted to make fighting an automatic ejection.)
Twenty-three penalties were handed out during the melee, including five game misconducts for fighting in the last 10 minutes of the game and four for getting involved in a fight after one had already begun. Yarmouth winger Luke Warner got one of the latter, along with a game misconduct for leaving the bench to stick up for his teammates.
It's a byproduct of an emotional game. The MHL office will be in for a fun time sorting out the suspensions.
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