It’s Teddy Bear Toss season, but on Saturday night in Bismarck, North Dakota, it was raining hockey sticks.
With the Bismarck Bobcats up 5-4 in the third period over the Austin Bruins in a tense NAHL Central Division battle, Austin’s Garret Dahm collided with Bismarck goaltender John Roberts. Dahm was then greeted by Bobcats defenseman Nick Woodward and fun ensued. Dahm was given a roughing minor while Woodward was handed a major and game misconduct.
Once on the power play, Austin would score four times in a span of 2:25 to take an 8-5 lead. After that final Bruins goal two Bobcats players were handed 10-minute misconducts, and that’s when Bismarck assistant Garrett Roth, who once played for the team, proceeded to lose it.
I mean, absolutely lose it.
The Bobcats ended up with 100 penalty minutes in total, with 77 of those coming in the final period of an 8-6 loss. Austin would cash in on their power play opportunities by going 5-for-5 on the night.
It will be interesting to see how many games Roth, who was assessed the long-forgotten gross misconduct, is suspended for after this display. That was quite the yard sale.
Hurling sticks is a favorite pastime of the irate hockey coach, as Eric Veilleux and Brent Sapergia have shown us in recent years. Good thing the bench was secured, otherwise we may have had another Robbie Ftorek moment.