College hockey is always an entertaining game to watch. Fast-paced and fluid, the kids just seem to fly up and down the ice – the stars often standing out from the crowd. With the collegiate schedule nearing the end – closing in on the NCAA’s Frozen Four – it was a game between number one seed North Dakota and second-seed Michigan that got the hockey world talking.
And while it originally stemmed from a hockey play, it was an unusual event that followed the goal that stole the show.
Following up his own shot, North Dakota’s Drake Caggiula opened the scoring for his club (and the game) on a second-chance backhand putting the puck passed Michigan goaltender Steve Racine. That’s when (partial) hilarity ensues.
Now, Caggiula isn’t exactly the biggest player on the ice. At 5’10” and weighing in at about 185 pounds, the Whitby, Ontario native certainly didn’t plan his celebration on this goal.
Drake Caggiula gives North Dakota a 1st period lead before colliding with the referee.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 26, 2016
The referee was not penalized on the play. But all kidding aside, the goal put North Dakota up 1-0 at the time in an important game for both sides. Caggiula seemed to pop right back up, having a few words with the referee before continuing his celebration. Fortunately, he didn’t have to leave the game for any repairs.
Andrew is in his 8th year reporting for The Hockey Writers covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began his broadcasting with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada team as well as being part of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. He’s the former play-by-play voice of the London Jr. Knights for Rogers TV and currently hosts the Sticks in the 6ix podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @AndrewGForbes.