The next salvo in the mascot-based war between the Anchorage Igloos and the Michigan Gray Wolves has been fired. Two weeks ago, Gray Wolves LW Vladimir Beruschko created an uproar in Anchorage when he attacked Igloos mascot Petey the Polar Bear with his hockey stick. This week, during a game at Cadillac Place, the Igloos struck back against Michigan mascot Wally Wolf.
During a break in action during the second period, Wally came onto the ice to toss some T-shirts into the crowd. He unknowingly wandered a little too close to the Igloos bench, and C Jake Frost stuck out his stick and tripped the mascot, sending him down to the ice in a heap. “With his big giant head, he just sort of toppled over,” said one witness to the incident. Frost then pointed and said, “That’s for Petey, you bastard!”
While boos rained down from the crowd and Frost and his teammates whooped it up on the bench, the Gray Wolves fumed. “Blindsiding a guy like that on the ice isn’t right,” said D Frank Mudrick. “He could have blown out his ACL and ended his career on a move like that.”
Gray Wolves coach Martin Delorme walked to the end of his bench and began pointing and shouting at the Igloos. Anchorage coach Sam Castor responded in kind, and the crowd roared as the two coaches waved their arms and argued. “Honestly, I’m not really sure what [Delorme] was saying,” said Castor. “He might have been yelling in French. Don’t know. I was pointing out that his guy started it, and to give it a rest.”
During the first faceoff after play resumed, Mudrick skated up to Frost and demanded a fight. Frost skated away, and Igloos D Olaf Martinsson squared off with Mudrick instead. “I’m a lover, not a fighter,” said Frost.
In the third, Wally re-emerged with a large bandage wrapped around his head, as the fans gave him a standing ovation. Wally walked behind the Anchorage bench, withdrew a pair of water balloons he’d hidden under his shirt, and dropped them on the Igloos, soaking Frost and RW Remi Montrechere. The mascot ran off before the stunned Igloos could react.
“Good thing he didn’t hit me with those balloons,” said Castor. “I’d have chased him down and beat the hell out of him. This suit cost more than his whole wardrobe.”
The SHL fined Frost $500 and Wally $250, issuing a press release that stated, “Okay, you guys have had your fun. Now knock it off or we’re going to start handing out suspensions.” But neither side showed any indication of ceasing hostilities.
“This isn’t over,” said Gray Wolves C Hunter Bailes. “That polar bear better have a suit of armor ready for the next time we play them.” Replied Igloos D Moose Baker, “Petey’s going to be ready, and we’re going to be ready. If any of those guys so much as lays a hand on Petey’s fur, there’s going to be a line brawl on the spot. Mark my words.”
Frost had another suggestion: “I think the only way this can end is for Petey and Wally to settle this on the field of honor. [The Gray Wolves] can pick the time and place, and I’ll spring for Petey’s airfare.”