Gwozdecky Reacts to Post-Game Brawl
CHN Staff Report
Denver coach George Gwozdecky, speaking on the Denver radio post game show Saturday night, discussed the brawl that happened after the final buzzer of his team's 3-2 win over Alaska-Anchorage at Magness Arena.
Gwozdecky, who has been disciplined for coming onto the ice to confront officials before, explained his take on the situation.
"When something happens like that, whether it's during a game, and especially at the end of a period ... everybody holds — other than the guys on the ice — and that's what was happening for the first 15 seconds," Gwozdecky said. "And all of a sudden, three of their guys race on the ice, and we're outnumbered. And I know they're not going out there to keep the peace."
Reports differ as to how many UAA players were on the ice at the time. There were five game disqualification penalties handed out, including two to Anchorage's Chris Crowell and one to Jared Tuton. Denver players involved were John Ryder and William Wrenn. According to Denver Post beat writer Mike Chambers' blog, Crowell came off the bench to get involved.
"I don't think the officials saw it," Gwozdecky said. "That's when I got on it because I wanted to make sure our guys weren't going to leave, because they were saying we were being outnumbered there. And I asked their coach (Dave Shyiak) to try to calm things down ... and he didn't want to get involved. And I understand that. I think sometimes it's very difficult for a coach to get on the ice, you get in a situation where you're not going to help your team.
"I just felt with the direction our guys have ... they knew that nobody else was coming from that bench, over my dead body, and it might have been had they gotten a punch thrown at them."
All of this happened with WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod in attendance. The players then went to the locker rooms without the traditional weekend-ending handshake.
"It was unfortunate," Gwozdecky said. "At that point I've seen too many times where a team is allowed after a scuffle where players are allowed to go through the handshake line, and then something really ugly happens. We saw that last year with North Dakota and Minnesota. So at that point, send teams off."