Last Saturday, we wrote about the post-game handshake scrap between Alaska-Fairbanks and Lake Superior State that ended with Fairbanks’ third string goalie, who hadn’t played a single minute the entire season, ending up with a game disqualification penalty that forced him to sit out the Saturday game(UAF was presumably able to get their bench doors open without him).
But just when you thought the fallout from that fight couldn’t get any weirder, the WCHA has added an additional suspension from that fight to an even less likely participant.
On Tuesday, the WCHA announced that Lake Superior State equipment manager Paul Prucha has been suspended for two games for violating the WCHA’s Code of Conduct policies. Prucha was allegedly a little too vigorous in his efforts to break up Friday’s post-game scrum, including making contact with a UAF player.
I don’t know how big of a loss it will be to have to roll with a back-up equipment manager next weekend when Lake Superior State hosts Ferris State, but there is no denying the importance of the weekend series for the Lakers. They currently sit seventh in the WCHA standings, and could finish the season with home ice in the first round of the playoffs with a sweep and some help from Alabama-Huntsville, or could miss the playoffs entirely if they are passed by teams below them.