CHL Update: Rhinos Coach Shares Postgame Poetry

Virginia Rhinos coach Jeffrey Marsh has a well-earned reputation as something of a flake.  Despite the fact that he has guided his team to back-to-back division titles and a CHL championship, Marsh is best known for his off-kilter sense of humor.  People around the league still talk about the nonsensical press conference he gave after a blowout loss last season.  This year, another big loss inspired another kooky Marsh postgame appearance.

On Saturday, Marsh’s Rhinos were pummeled 6-2 by the Omaha Ashcats.  After the game, Marsh stood in front of the usual gaggle of reporters and took a different tack.  “Look, I know you guys probably have lots of questions,” the coach began.  “But instead of answering them, I have a statement that represents my feelings about the game, and should answer any questions you might have.”

Jeffrey Marsh

Marsh then proceeded to read, word for word, the 1956 poem “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg.  The poem, which was reportedly inspired by a Ginsberg drug trip, laments the destruction of the Beat Generation by war, government, and capitalism.

After he finished the poem, there was a brief awkward silence.  Marsh then briskly said, “Everybody all set, then?  Good.  You can quote me on all of that.”  He then walked away, leaving a confused room in his wake.

Last year’s performance, in which Marsh replied to questions with a bizarre mishmash of song lyrics and nonsense phrases, prompted concern that he was suffering a mental breakdown or a substance abuse problem.  This time, reporters recognized it as a stunt and wrote about it accordingly.

“Last night’s 6-2 Rhinos loss was so bad that coach Jeffrey Marsh didn’t want to talk about it,” began one story.  “Instead, Marsh tried taking reporters to school, standing up and reciting a poem most of us haven’t thought about since college.”

“Possibly the highlight of last night’s shellacking was Marsh’s postgame poetry reading,” read another.  “He wasn’t wearing a beret and a black turtleneck, but he might as well have been.”

Just as he did last year, Marsh chalked up his performance to postgame frustration.  “I mean, it was a terrible game and we got killed. What is there to say?” he said.  “Most of the time, I’m willing to play the game and give you all the boring clichés you expect, but once a year, I just can’t handle it.  It’s all right if I snap once a year, right?”

The coach added another defense of his postgame antics: “Besides, ‘Howl’ is a great poem, and everyone should read it!  I’m doing my part to enhance our cultural literacy.”

Game 12, Virginia @ Omaha, Switching Yard

                   1   2   3   OT   F
Virginia           0   2   0        2
Omaha              3   1   2        6

 
Virginia               G   A PTS PIM +/-   Omaha                  G   A PTS PIM +/-

Laronov         LW     0   0   0   2  -2   Sikanen         LW     2   1   3   0   2
Corbetta        D      0   0   0   2  -3   Shakovich       D      2   0   2   0   1
Brooks          C      1   0   1   2  -2   Griffin         C      0   1   1   0   2
Bergstom        D      0   0   0   2  -3   Lockwood        D      1   1   2   0   3
Quake           RW     0   1   1   0  -2   van der Veen    RW     0   1   1   0   2
Gunn            LW     1   0   1   0  -1   Knorr           LW     1   0   1   0   1
Druzek          D      0   1   1   4  -1   Wallington      C      0   1   1   0   1
Harlow          C      0   1   1   0  -1   Sharkey         D      0   2   2   0   3
Stephens        D      0   0   0   0   0   Starhawk        RW     0   2   2   0   1
Garner          LW     0   0   0   0  -1   Sweetin         LW     0   1   1   0   1
Skoeglin        D      0   0   0   0  -1   Morozov         D      0   0   0   0   0
Marionov        C      0   0   0   0  -1   Doolittle       C      0   0   0   2   1
Ackler          D      0   0   0   0   0   Armour          D      0   0   0   2   0
Cassidy         RW     0   1   1   0  -1   Stryker         RW     0   0   0   0   1
Coolidge        F      0   0   0   0  -1   Moultrie        D      0   2   2   0   1
----------------------------------------   ----------------------------------------
TOTALS                 2   4   6  12  -4   TOTALS                 6  12  18   4   4

Scratches:
VIR:  Diehl, Bruzek
OMA:  Snow, Horton

 
Virginia            SH    SV    G    Sv%
----------------------------------------
Malmquist           23    17    6  0.739

Omaha               SH    SV    G    Sv%
----------------------------------------
Bates               27    25    2  0.926

 

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

GOALS:
01:22  OMA  Lockwood (Sharkey, Sikanen)
06:08  OMA  Sikanen (Sharkey, Lockwood)
10:32  OMA  Shakovich (Starhawk, Moultrie)

PENALTIES:
07:46  VIR  Bergstom 2:00 (Hooking)
07:53  VIR  Brooks 2:00 (Delay of Game)

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

GOALS:
00:22  VIR  Gunn (Harlow, Cassidy)
06:59  OMA  Knorr (Starhawk, Wallington)
14:26  VIR  Brooks (Quake, Druzek)

PENALTIES:
01:31  VIR  Druzek 4:00 (Spearing)
04:10  VIR  Laronov 2:00 (High-sticking)
08:21  OMA  Doolittle 2:00 (Unsportsmanlike Conduct)

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

GOALS:
02:26  OMA  Sikanen (van der Veen, Griffin)
18:53  OMA  Shakovich (Sweetin, Moultrie)

PENALTIES:
05:27  VIR  Corbetta 2:00 (Tripping)
13:11  OMA  Armour 2:00 (Tripping)


 
SHOTS
------
                   1   2   3   OT   F
Virginia          11   6  10       27
Omaha             11   5   7       23

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

Virginia         0 for 2
Omaha            0 for 5

 
INJURIES
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