Matt Frattin Destroys Kevin Wehrs during WCHA Playoffs
Where I’m from this is called getting Kronwalled. Some might call it getting knocked the … you know … out.
North Dakota forward, Matt Frattin, absolutely destroyed Minnesota Gophers’ defenseman, Kevin Wehrs into the boards during North Dakota’s 4-1 victory over the Gophers. The win, much like the hit did to Wehrs, knocked the Gophers out (of the WCHA).
Frattin’s hit immediately drew a cross check to the neck from Gophers’ netminder and initiated a rather large scrum around Wehrs’ lifeless body. Meanwhile, Wehrs’ almost certainly was pissing himself and seeing a dozen Tweety Birds flying around his head.
Frattin was given a five minute major for charging and contact to the head. Wehrs was helped off the ice and did not return with, you guessed it, head injuries. I’m surprised he didn’t need a gurney ride, though, so it seems he’ll be alright.
And because he should be alright, I can say without feeling like a complete prick that I’m not entirely convinced that Wehrs should have been penalized there, at least not a five minute major. Considering how long it took the referees to figure it out, I don’t think I was the only one.
H/T Reader – Robert