By Anthony Tarnowski
Jacob Konst/Arizona Daily Wildcat
Junior forward Dave Cwik tackles Weber State forward David Lorenzen before players could shake hands after the Icecats' 2-1 win Saturday in the Tucson Convention Center Arena. The night was filled with roughing penalties by both teams, raising emotions that culminated in several fights.
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday, December 5, 2005
The ice at Tucson Convention Center Arena was canvassed with a mosaic of blood, helmets, gloves and sticks after the Arizona men's club ice hockey team completed its sweep over No. 6 Weber State on Saturday night.
The Icecats' 2-1 victory in the second game was filled with penalties as the game's physical play spilled over into after-the-whistle pushing and shoving.
Fueled by a raucous home crowd, those tensions came to a boil after Saturday night's win as trash talking turned into a brawling melee as the players attempted to shake hands.
Several Arizona players squared off against some of Weber State's Wildcats, spilling into the penalty boxes and team benches. Referees and players eventually stopped the melee, and the teams headed into the locker room, with Weber State's players being pelted by sodas raining down from the stands, compliments of a rowdy and passionate Arizona crowd.
"This team plays with a pulse because this coach coaches with a pulse," said Arizona head coach Leo Golembiewski. "I wear my heart on my sleeve just like my players, and we played hard and we protected each other."
An emotional Golembiewski told the crowd after the game how great they were during the series and attributed the wins to fans and Icecats co-captain D.J. Pelletier, who broke his wrist Friday night on a check five seconds into the game.
On the ice Saturday, Weber State (13-4-1) struck first, scoring early in the first period when forward John Darby slipped the puck past the outstretched foot of freshman goaltender Nick Boddy.
The Icecats (10-3) evened the score halfway through the first period when freshman
forward Robbie Nowinski netted his 16th goal of the season on his birthday off assists from freshmen Cody Morin and Matt Conover.
Conover scored minutes later on the power play to give Arizona the decisive lead.
Friday's game ranked just as high on the tension scale, as Boddy shut out Weber State for a 1-0 victory.
Boddy stepped in for injured sophomore Luke Edwall and was greeted by fans with chants of "Booody! Booody!" all night.
Boddy had a phenomenal series, giving up only one goal and playing smart hockey, controlling the puck and possessing rebounds in front of the net, Golembiewski said.
"He saw the puck tonight, and that's how you goal tend," he said. "He played within himself. He saw the puck and reacted on the puck."
"The last few games I've started I was really nervous, but today I just relaxed - sat around and watched TV all day," Boddy said Friday. "I knew what I had to do."
Conover scored Friday's only goal, a power-play score off assists from senior forward Cole Dunlop and Nowinski.
The Icecats gear up for another home series against rival ASU on Dec. 9 and 10. Arizona split the teams' first series this season Oct. 28 and 29.