Jake Anderson is a sophomore goalie for the University of Virginia’s club hockey team. On Friday night, he carried a shutout through two periods against in-state rival Virginia Commonwealth, and his team was up 7-0. But as the cliché goes, you never want to celebrate too early.
Alas, Anderson couldn’t help himself, succumbing to the sirens' song of frat bro peer pressure and the cold refreshment of a Keystone Light.
Anderson slammed a can of Keystone behind his goal, tossed to him by his Chi Phi fraternity brothers in the stands, during a timeout on the ice. It was just after the second intermission in a game played on Friday night.
Being that the ACCHL generally frowns upon its players consuming alcoholic beverages on the ice during games, Anderson was given a 5-minute major penalty and a game misconduct, sending him back to the dressing room where he ... probably did the same thing that got him ejected, come to think of it.
Barstool had a different, on-ice look at the incident, via The Tab’s Facebook page.
I mean, what kind of self-respecting goalie doesn’t shoot a can of cheap beer through his cage? Somewhere, Ed Belfour weeps …
Doug Eisman is the team’s beat writer, and he penned a summary of the VCU game that comes down rather hard on the actions of his goaltender:
Jake Anderson had a shutout through two periods until he was disqualified for consuming an alcoholic beverage on the ice. This selfish act drew eerie parallels to the maturity of a middle schooler desperate for attention from his crush and led to a five-minute major penalty to begin the third period, which Virginia killed off successfully. Tommy Graber finished the game in net and did so admirably, only allowing one goal in the final frame.
Anderson is a 6-2 netminder from Stratham, New Hampshire. He’s still listed on the teams club hockey roster as of Monday night, although we wonder if this stunt will affect his status.
But hey, it’s club hockey. It’s not like these guys are going to be in the NHL Draft pool next summer. Although we do expect to see Anderson in a kid-sized pool next summer, eating a bag of Doritos off his chest next to a dozen empties.
And it’s not like he doesn’t have a future in this game. For the love of all things hockey: Has there EVER been a goalie whose very existence screamed “BEER LEAGUER" more than UVA legend Jake Anderson?
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