Posted at: 02/13/2013 11:42 AM
Updated at: 02/13/2013 6:52 PM
By: Maricella Miranda
Angry Farmington Hockey Player Suspended, He Says
A Farmington High School hockey player says he has been suspended for 10 days for scoring for the other team, flipping his middle finger at coaches and skating off the ice.
The game became tied. Minutes later, the opposing team, Chaska High School, won 3-2.
The 12th-grader, Austin Krause, commented on his actions Wednesday on a Twitter account that appears to belong to Krause.
Krause also stated, "Idc about how many ppl are talking (expletive) or starting rumors it's just a game get over it."
Videos of the gesture have attracted more than 19,000 views on YouTube.
"We didn't really know how to react," said Sean Bloomfield, assistant hockey coach at Chaska High School. Bloomfield's comments on Twitter also has garnered attention.
Krause tied the game 2-2 by scoring for the other team.
With less than a minute left, the Chaska team won the game 3-2 following a penalty against Farmington. Tuesday's game was one of the last of the season.
"I really feel bad for the players on both teams just because it was a really hard-fought game," Bloomfield said. "It's not the way we wanted to tie it up and eventually get a win."
To add insult to injury, the Farmington players were celebrating "senior night" - Krause and other 12th grade players were recognized, Bloomfield said.
Farmington High School principal Ben Kusch confirmed that Krause, the team's goalie, scored for the opposing team. He declined to comment further on the incident or Krause.
The reasons for Krause's actions are unclear, said Kusch and Bloomfield.
Krause reportedly had complained on his Facebook page about a sophomore goalie getting more ice time. Messages for Krause seeking comment were not returned Wednesday.
In a released statement, the school stated, "the district is taking the proper steps to investigate the incident and will take appropriate action in line with school policy."
"We're disappointed in the actions and decisions made by one of our student athletes," Kusch said. "Our focus moving forward is supporting our players and coaches in our boy's hockey program in the successful completion of the season."
Click here to read the school district's response to the incident.
Photo courtesy of Facebook.