The latest in goalie fisticuffs comes to us from the American Hockey League. In a game between the Norfolk Admirals, affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks, and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, farm club of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the two goalies met at center ice in a rather unusual fashion.
While Ducks prized goalie prospect John Gibson was heading back to his crease after a timeout, he bumped Pens netminder Jeff Deslauriers. Then the gloves went flying.
To give a little back story, earlier in the contest, Desluariers took exception to a late poke from Admirals forward Zach Stortini. Deslauriers gave Stortini a few blocker sandwiches and a large scrum ensued.
After that was broken up, the two teams were at their benches for a timeout. Then the goalies threw down. Deslauriers threw the first gloved punches at Gibson, but the young Admirals goaltender got a couple of his own and scored the takedown.
The penalty breakdown of the goalie melee was rather interesting. Deslauriers got two minor penalties for roughing, a five-minute major for fighting and a game misconduct. Gibson meanwhile got a double-minor for roughing and was allowed to stay in the game.
This isn't your typical goalie fight where the two guys leave their creases and skate for a center-ice duel. This came during a stoppage, which may be why the penalties didn't result in Gibson getting tossed as well.
The 20-year-old Admirals netminder actually had already left the ice surface after the scrap until he was told he would be able to keep playing.