Union Fails to Deliver on Victory Guarantee Against RPI
On Friday night, RPI and Union met for the second time this season. This game featured a pre-game victory guarantee from Union captain Nathan Gillies and a delay of game penalty on Union as a result of spectators repeatedly littering the ice with navel oranges. In the end, Union paid for both of these mistakes, tying Rensselaer 2-2.
Achilles Rink at Union College is notorious for spectator control problems, such as the two orange-throwing incidents. But, such outbursts don't always have a direct impact on the scoreboard. For some reason, officials have a tendency to warn spectators after the "traditional throwing of oranges" that accompanies Union's first goal, rather than proceed directly to a delay of game penalty.
However, Union was penalized after their second goal. According to USCHO:
After the goal, Union was penalized for delay of game after a couple of oranges were tossed on the ice. Scott Basiuk scored on the two-man advantage, tying the score at 2-2.... "I was thoroughly disgusted by that," Union coach Kevin Sneddon. "That's zero respect not only for our own team, but zero respect for college hockey."
You said it, Coach.