Just the facts:
- UNB had 107 penalty minutes, including five misconducts, against Merrimack, who was dinged for 65 PIMs. Reports also stated that Varsity Reds goalie Étienne Marcoux, after being ejected for slashing, "swung his stick at a young fan who was hanging over the wall, and appeared to be heckling the 23-year-old goaltender."
Reporter Mike McMahon's description changed between the initial Tweet and the article. The tweet said Marcoux "flung" his stick and the story said he "swung his stick." It's terrible either way, but one cannot jump to conclusions unless a video surfaces.UNB goalie, who was ejected, was getting yelled at by a 10-year-old kid above the aisle, and the goalie flung his stick up to hit the kid.— Mike McMahon (@MikeMcMahonCHN) October 2, 2016Hope you enjoyed the last game you will ever play, @etmarcoux. Tossing your stick at a 10 year old kid? Classy.— thepuckdude (@thepuckdude) October 2, 2016
- Windsor and Bowling Green scuffled after their game ended.
- UPEI played Boston U and there were 122 PIMs: 58 to the Panthers and 64 to the Terriers. The only reference to the penalty total was buried well below the fan-boying over the Terriers' litter of freshmen.
- Acadia's game against Northeastern had 114 PIMs, 78 to the Axemen.
Northeastern D-man Jeremy Davies was clearly appalled: "Playing a Canadian team, guys are a lot bigger and stronger. That really gets us ready for next weekend and the season, so I’m really glad we had this test."
Actually, he does not sound appalled at all.
- Acadia goalie Brandon Glover was also ejected for spearing against Providence on Sunday. Come on, man.
Both UNB's Gardiner MacDougall and Windsor's Kevin Hamlin are intelligent enough men to know they are accountable, and there will probably be meetings with their superiors to clear up what happened.
The stick-swinging allegation against UNB and Marcoux is the sole disturbing part.
Windsor scuffling with Bowling Green should not be condoned, but it also didn't seem very serious. As much as there has been a lot of welcome progress toward curbing fighting and dirty play in hockey, it will happen from time to time.
At every level of competitive hockey in North America, there is a higher frequency of fisticuffs when two teams meet for the only or last time. Players get a little bolder against opponents they won't be seeing for the rest of the season.
That is not enough reason for #HotTakes calling for an end to early-season exhibitions between CIS and D-1 teams. The schools from the four-letter cartel would not schedule Canadian teams if they didn't believe there student-athletes need that exposure before the NCAA season. The whole reason for exhibition games is to be exposed to something different, in the hope of it creating a benefit down the line.
From a CIS vantage point, negative media coverage does warrant some response. It does suck, on some low level, when media outlets who half-pay attention to CIS teams suddenly snap to it when there is something negative to report. At the same time, that can point up the need to show there are consequences for hockey players behaving badly. There's no equivocation in a case, speaking in the hypothetical, where a player intimidated a child, whether the stick was flung or swung.
For the record, OUA recognizes suspensions imposed by Hockey Canada and USA Hockey. Atlantic University Sport's section on suspensions in the men's hockey regulations doesn't mean honouring suspensions from other associations. Doing so is fairly boilerplate, though.