Foster Pokes Fun at Dakota, Corn Palace

Continuing their annual tradition, the Dakota Jackalopes hosted a game at Mitchell’s famous Corn Palace.  For this season’s “Corn Classic” on Tuesday, the Jackalopes faced off against the New York Night.  New York coach Nick Foster made waves by turning his pre-game press conference into a roast of Mitchell, the Corn Palace, and the Midwest generally.

Nick Foster

Foster made his speech in response to a reporter who asked him how he liked it in the Dakotas.  “I always enjoy our trips to flyover country,” the coach replied.  “It’s always nice to see how the other half lives.”

Foster then poked fun at the town of Mitchell, calling it “the actual middle of nowhere.  I mean, I thought that our usual games here [in Rapid City] were the middle of nowhere.  But this time, we flew in, then got on a bus for two hours just to get here.  It’s a nice clean little place, though.  I took a walk around downtown today.  Took me five minutes, but it was nice.”

Corn Palace

The coach then poked fun at the Corn Palace.  “I figured in a place this small, we’d be playing on a rink in someone’s backyard,” Foster said.  “But instead, we came here.  Somebody took a barn and slapped a bunch of corn on the outside and called it a ‘palace.’  Wow!  I guess it gives you guys something to do out here.  And I have to admit, it’s the nicest corn-based art I’ve ever seen.”

Predictably, Foster’s jibes inspired outrage among the Jackalopes and the Dakota fans.  “I’m sorry if our town and our arena aren’t fancy enough for him,” said Dakota LW “Flyin’ Ryan” Airston.  “But some of us like the life out here.  It might not be as glamorous as New York, where everyone lives on top of each other and the air smells like hot dogs and bus exhaust and the rats are as big as dogs.  But we love it.  We love our state, and our city, and our Corn Palace.”

Jackalopes coach Flim Dahlgren added, “I don’t want to get into this, because I know it’s all part of Nick’s act.  He likes to pretend he’s a wrestling heel, and he’s always trying to stir the pot.  But if you come here and make fun of the Corn Palace, we can’t let that stand.  We have to defend the corn.  Let’s go out there and win big!”

The sellout crowd of 3,200 greeted Foster with boos and signs bearing slogan like “Yankee Go Home” and “Shuck You, Foster.”  As the New York coach came down the tunnel to the bench, one irate fan dumped a can of creamed corn on his head.  Foster responded by tasting the corn and flashing a thumbs-up in response.

The Jackalopes delivered their best revenge to Foster on the ice, edging the Night 3-2 as D Matt Cherner scored a pair of goals.  “We may have a small crowd here, but it feels like they’re right on top of you,” said Cherner after the game.  “I think we have the best home-ice advantage in the league here.  And with [Foster’s] comments, that gave the whole thing a little extra juice.”

Dakota now joins the growing list of places where Foster has made himself persona non grata; earlier in the season, he infuriated the fans in Hamilton by calling their arena a “dump” and accusing Pistols star Steven Alexander of cheating.

“At this rate, I’ll have every other city in the league hating my guts by 2020,” Foster said.  “Dare to dream!”

 

Game 54, New York @ Dakota, Black Hills Arena

                   1   2   3   OT   F
New York           0   0   2        2
Dakota             1   1   1        3

 
New York               G   A PTS PIM +/-   Dakota                 G   A PTS PIM +/-

Winchester      LW     0   0   0   0  -2   Airston         LW     0   0   0   0   2
Nurmi           D      0   0   0   0  -2   Anderson        D      0   2   2   2   2
Manning         C      0   0   0   0  -2   Cherner         D      2   0   2   0   2
Sanchez         D      0   0   0   0  -2   Golynin         RW     0   0   0   0   2
Nelson          RW     0   0   0   0  -2   Freelander      LW     1   0   1   0   1
Petronov        LW     0   2   2   0  -1   Angelos         D      0   0   0   0   1
Winkle          D      0   0   0   0  -1   Trefilov        D      0   1   1   0   1
Remington       C      1   1   2   0  -1   Ravenbloom      RW     0   1   1   0   1
Duckworth       D      0   1   1   0  -1   Fischer         LW     0   0   0   2   0
Trujwirnek      RW     1   0   1   2  -1   Jameson         C      0   1   1   0   2
Fleming         LW     0   0   0   0   0   Addison         D      0   0   0   0   0
Hoffman         C      0   0   0   2   0   Alizarin        RW     0   0   0   0   0
Ruger           D      0   0   0   4   0   Kilborn         F      0   0   0   0   0
Catarino        RW     0   0   0   0   0   DeShantz        D      0   0   0   0   0
Gladchuk        D      0   0   0   0   0   Wilcox          C      0   0   0   2   1
----------------------------------------   ----------------------------------------
TOTALS                 2   4   6   8  -3   TOTALS                 3   5   8   6   3

Scratches:
NY:  Morrison, Facinelli, Gauss
DAK:  Stolte, Hendricks, Istomin

 
New York            SH    SV    G    Sv%
----------------------------------------
Clarkson            45    42    3  0.933

Dakota              SH    SV    G    Sv%
----------------------------------------
Andersson           40    38    2  0.950

 

First Period
------------

GOALS:
00:42  DAK  Freelander (Ravenbloom, Trefilov)

PENALTIES:
17:57  NY   Hoffman 2:00 (Tripping)
19:36  NY   Ruger 2:00 (Tripping)

Second Period
-------------

GOALS:
03:22  DAK  Cherner (Anderson)

PENALTIES:
14:14  DAK  Fischer 2:00 (Roughing)

Third Period
------------

GOALS:
03:50  DAK  Cherner (Jameson, Anderson)
10:08  NY   Remington PP (Petronov, Duckworth)
13:39  NY   Trujwirnek PP (Remington, Petronov)

PENALTIES:
00:28  NY   Ruger 2:00 (Unsportsmanlike Conduct)
10:00  DAK  Wilcox 2:00 (Elbowing)
11:58  DAK  Anderson 2:00 (Clipping)
17:41  NY   Trujwirnek 2:00 (Delay of Game)


 
SHOTS
------
                   1   2   3   OT   F
New York          18  11  11       40
Dakota            22  11  12       45

 
POWER PLAYS
-----------

New York         2 for 3
Dakota           0 for 4

 
INJURIES
--------

None

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