Wed Feb 26 09:19am EST
Evan Wardley might have just become a honorary member of the Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom.
On Tuesday, the Seattle Thunderbirds defenceman squared up Prince Albert Raiders wing Chance Braid in the neutral zone. Braid was able to gird for the big check, but the force generated shattered a pane of plexiglass, sending a charge through the more than 5,000 fans at the ShoWare Center. (A few were a little more concerned about some fans in the front rows who sustained some minor cuts after being nicked by the flying shards.)
Braid, just going by his body language, hardly seemed fazed at all. It's just part of the game.
— BeastMode206 (@Dirrty_Fighterr) February 26, 2014
There was a bit of double-edged irony to how the check and the ensuing 15-minute delay affected the game. The Thunderbirds' focus going into the Western Hockey League contest was on playing more physically. Wardley was certainly serving that end when he lowered the boom on Braid.
The delay let Prince Albert catch its breath, however, and Winnipeg Jets first-round pick Josh Morrissey tied the game with fewer than 90 seconds remaining in the third period. All was well that ended well, though, since Seattle regrouped and won 4-3 in overtime on Alexander Delnov's goal. No doubt being a little rough around the edges was a reason Seattle had a chance to win in extras.
"That’s how we got to play going into the playoffs," Wardley, a 19-year-old from Vulcan, Alta., told CBS Local.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet (video: Seattle Thunderbirds).