Red Berenson is ticked off. Apparently, goons from other teams continue to target Shawn Hunwick. From last night's game:
On three occasions during Michigan's 4-1 win over Miami on Friday, fifth-year senior Shawn Hunwick was run into his own goal by a Red Hawks player. On two occasions, his helmet went flying. On a play that was eventually called roughing on Miami's Curtis McKenzie, he laid on the ice in a daze in need of assistance from the training staff.
What's worse is that Red has sent this in before, but nothing happens:
Berenson said he plans to send tape to the league offices in Farmington Hills, which he has done in the past, but not gotten the reaction he's expected.
"We’ll keep sending the information to the league, but the league has to respond," Berenson said. "I don’t know that they’ve done a good job of it so far."
That's a pretty sharp rebuke of the CCHA. I guess if a team isn't good enough to beat Hunwick fair and square, they'll try to take him out of the game.
It is one thing for there to be rough play out on the ice. It is part of the game. It also is within reason when a team targets a weak player, knowing he can be beat. You see that in football all the time: the opposition targets the weak link in the secondary or on the line.
But when a team tries to injure a star (exhibit A: MSU game & Denard; exhibit B: Miami game & Hunwick,) it's just wrong. I really hope that refs and the league won't stand for this. In a way, what does a team have to lose? A five minute penalty versus your opponent losing their goalie for the season? Do risk reward analysis, and that sounds like a good bet.
If league officials don't sanction much harsher penalities, every team from here on out is going to be going after Hunwick. Something's gotta change. Moving from the CCHA to Big 10 might be the change needed.