A Western Hockey League game between the Seattle Thunderbirds and Everett Silvertips turned wild and crazy over the weekend. A line brawl ignited late in the third period, and it eventually led to a goalie fight between Seattle’s Brandon Glover and Everett’s Austin Lotz. There was big obstacle standing between the two goalies though – a linesman.
The whole thing started after Everett’s Mirco Mueller took Seattle’s Alexander Delnov into the boards. The Thunderbirds thought it was a dirty hit, so Evan Wardley quickly took down Mueller in revenge (even though Mueller was never called for a penalty on the check). That led to a bunch of pushing and shoving, but no real goonage — until Brandon Glover decided to get involved. He sprinted down the ice after Austin Lotz. Before Glover could get there, a linesman tried to intercept him to break up the fight. That didn’t seem to matter to either of the goalies, because they decided to fight anyway — even with the linesman standing between them. Check this out!
Before I move on, I need to rant:
What is happening to hockey? Linesmen used to let players fight; only stepping in when the fight was over. Now, linesmen are breaking up fights before they even get started. It was very clear that Glover and Lotz were both willing combatants, and the linesman was still going to stop them from throwing blows anyway. I understand that he was trying to keep order, but it still breaks my heart as a hockey fan. Fighting is a part of the game — plain and simple. Quit trying to take fighting out of hockey!
Okay, now that’s out of my system…
Lotz is escaping this goalie fight without much damage, but the same can’t be said for Glover. He received two-minutes for instigating the fight, two-minutes for leaving the crease, five-minutes for fighting and a game-misconduct for his actions. The league also handed Glover a two-game suspension and fined the Thunderbirds $500 for the fight. As for Lotz, he received a five-minute major for fighting, but he was allowed to stay in the game while someone served the penalty for him.
It wasn’t the best goalie fight blow-for-blow, but you definitely won’t find a more entertaining goalie fight this year. I really hope the linesman learned a valuable lesson. If players want to fight…let them fight. They’ll find a way to drop the mitts if you’re standing in the way or not.
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