A strange moment occurred in a Minnesota High School hockey game Tuesday night, and when I say strange, I mean absolutely flipping insane. Trailing Farmington by one goal with just over three minutes to go, Chaska needed a break to knot things up. Then they got one.
That's when the disgruntled Farmington goaltender Austin Krause decided it was time to make a statement by costing his team the victory. He casually walked the puck out from behind the net and into his own goal to tie the game, then gave the finger to his coaching staff, saluted the crowd, and left the ice. Thank god it was caught on video:
Spurred by their bizarre luck, Chaska was able to rally for another goal on the powerplay before time expired for the come-from-behind 3-2 victory.
Safe to say they felt a little weird about it. Chaska assistant coach Sean Bloomington expressed his sympathy for the rest of the Farmington squad after the match on Twitter:
What was Krause's motivation? The rumour, according to Minnesota high school hockey blog Follow the Puck, is that it was an ill-conceived protest over playing time. Krause, a senior, had been warming the bench while sophomore Gage Overby started in his place. (The last time Chaska and Farmington met, Overby got the start and posted a shutout.) But when he got the start -- on senior night no less -- because of an injury to the sophomore, he decided to take his revenge.
Rachel Markuson, a Farmington senior that claims to manage the team, says Krause has been talking about quitting the whole season. One assumes no one realized how spectacularly or disgracefully he'd do it.
Here's hoping Roberto Luongo doesn't get any ideas the next time Alain Vigneault tries to go with the fresh-faced Cory Schneider.
s/t to Puck Daddy reader Tim for the tip.
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