There were brawls, major penalties and one player crawling on his hands and knees to fight another.
The violence returned in the second period of the Wolves’ 6-0 victory Friday over the Rockford IceHogs. The teams combined for 64 penalty minutes, six major penalties and two game misconducts to Rockford’s Bobby Shea. Oh, by the way, the teams play each other again Saturday.
The first incident came with 6:13 left in the second period when the IceHogs’ Pat Mullane roughed up Ty Rattie by the Wolves’ bench, drawing the attention of Wolves forward Eric Selleck.
Selleck and Mullane fought before Rockford’s Jared Nightingale left the bench and went after Selleck. After everything was sorted out, the Wolves (36-19-5-2) had five minutes of power-play time and scored twice, giving them a 5-0 lead.
“I’m not going to let them take advantage of our skill guys,” Selleck said. “[Rattie’s] leading our team in goals, and you’ve got to protect those guys. I had it in my mind that I’m not going to let that happen, and I didn’t.”
The second-period scoring was done, but the violence wasn’t.
Just 34 seconds before the period ended, Shea elbowed Rattie against the boards. Rattie and Shea grappled quickly before they were broken up, but the fun wasn’t over. As they walked back to their dressing rooms, Shea eluded security in the tunnel and crawled on his hands and knees from his rubber walkway to get to Rattie before the pair was separated.
“I never have; that was something else,” Rattie said. “I’m sure he regrets it. Just a heat-of-the-moment thing.”
Rattie and Shea were handed fighting majors, and Shea also received an elbowing major, an elbowing game misconduct and a game misconduct for fighting off the playing surface.
“I’d like to say some things, but I can’t comment. You know that. It’s not worth it, and it’s up to the league to handle it, and I’ll just leave it at that,” Wolves coach John Anderson said.