Norsemen Irate After Vipers Thug Tacticsby Matt MacInnis | December 7, 2015, 12:09 AM ET
The battle of the Strait of Juan de Fuca took an ugly turn on Sunday night when the Vancouver Vipers responded to a drubbing by attacking the Norsemen’s star players.
The game was out of hand with the Norsemen leading 5-1 at 2:08 of the third period when the mayhem began. That was when Aaron Johnson jumped Norsemen megastar Sidney Crosby, who battled back and fought to a spirited draw. Shortly afterwards, the 6’7, 242 lbs Jamie Oleksek attacked Duncan Keith, a star defenceman generously listed at 6’0 and 200 lbs. Inexplicably, the Prohibition-era goon efforts weren’t over then. Midway through the period Mats Zucarello and Norsemen Henrik Zetterberg fought to a draw. That was when Norsemen leading scorer Jamie Benn decided to set an example and stand up for his teammates. A short tussle later, and former Norsemen Matt Moulson was picking up his bruised ego and face off the ice. Benn also had two assists in the winning effort.
The night before the Norsemen lost a close 4-3 game to the Vipers, and apparently the bad blood built up. During that game, Crosby beat up fringe SICHLer Ryan Reaves. This is not the first time the Norsemen have had issues with opponents jumping their superstars. During several pre-season games, a handful of fights also occurred.
“What a disgrace,” steamed a fired up Norsemen Head Coach Chris Pronger after the win. “Bush league. No, worse than bush league. This was worse than that semi-pro league in Quebec. Their entire franchise should feel ashamed of themselves tonight.”
The Norsemen reportedly have sent several tapes in to SICHL headquarters for review. The Vipers are scheduled to be back in Victoria for the third game in the season series in just over two weeks. The league may want to keep a close eye on that match.