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Monday, Dec. 21, 2015: Two goalies is one too many, hockey team learns

   Leading off today: One of the oft-cited theories in football is that coaches who think they have two quarterbacks probably don't have any.

   So what does a hockey coach have when he thinks he has two goalies? Well, for starters there's a delay of game penalty.

   In New Jersey high school action Sunday, Tenafly tried starting its game against Montvale St. Joseph's by taking a skater off of the ice and playing with two goalies.

   All that got them was a delay of game penalty, greasing the skids to a 10-0 loss.

   It wasn't going to work anyway. Rather than standing slightly staggered inside the crease or on it, the goalies lined up one in front of the other and several feet apart. If a 6-foot, 165-pound skater can screen the goalie on shots from the point, imagine how much a goalie in full pads blocks the view.

   Tenafly finished with just five shots on goal, opening up the possibility that the number could have been zero had they in fact been allowed to go with two goalies and just four skaters.

   More hockey: Two teams ranked in the top three in their respective divisions faced off in Brasher Falls on Sunday, with Canisius skating to a 7-1 win over St. Lawrence.

   Canisius is ranked second in Division 1, and St. Lawrence is third in Division 2.

   David Evans and John McMahon each recorded a goal and an assist as the Crusaders completed a 3-0 trip through the North Country.

   Wrestling death: Tragedy struck at an Iowa wrestling tournament Saturday as Austin Roberts, 18, collapsed during a matchup of 2015 state tournament qualifiers and died hours later.

   "There was about 30 seconds left and the score was tied and they went out of bounds," Sioux Center coach Aaron Schmidt said. "We came back to the center to get reset and we got set and the Roberts boy asked for injury time and couldn't seem to quite catch his breath.

   "Then injury time was up and there was a good, classy exchange at the end of the match and we were hoping he was all right. At that point, he seemed to just be unable to catch his breath."

   The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Roberts also played offensive and defensive tackle for Spencer High's football team.

   Schmidt said an emergency response team tended to Roberts at the tournament. He died Saturday night at Spencer Hospital, according to a hospital spokesperson.

   Heroic act: You've probably seen the story out of Tennessee about Zaevion William Dobson, a 15-year-old high school football player who was shot to death last week while shielding three girls from gunfire.

   Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said the shootings appear to be gang-related, though Dobson appeared to be an innocent victim.

   My colleague Sam Gardner wrote an outstanding chronicle of what happened, highlighting Dobson's exceptional character. It's worth a read.

   Prudent or silly? Democrat and Chronicle news columnist David Andreatta has a 9-year-old son who plays on a youth hockey team. Not long ago, Andreatta reports, the coach was informed by a parent that his actions following a loss had put him at risk of being suspended and his club being fined $250.

   "Had the coach manhandled the kids?" Andreatta asked. "No. Had he cursed at the referees? No. Had he spiked the water bottles? No.

   "His infraction? He had his boys and girls shake hands with the players of the opposing team."

   Rule J, Section 2 (a) of the Western New York Amateur Hockey League, states: "Prior to game commencement both teams will shake hands. Any teams that are found to shake hands after a league game will be subject to a $250 fine and the offending head coaches will be suspended for their next league game."

   As Andreatta notes, the whole point of the post-game handshake is to display grace in winning and dignity in defeat. "The handshake is an opportunity for athletes who've tested each other's mettle to acknowledge that their battle has ended and the dust is settling."

   Extra points: I don't have details, but it appears that Rochester Wilson, ranked 19th in the first set of boys Class A basketball rankings last week, has forfeited three games. After the Wildcats got off to a 5-0 start, the Section 5 website now lists their record as 3-4. The forfeits were to Newark, Pittsford Mendon and Rochester Early College.

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