Alaska-Anchorage Disciplines Shyiak After Ejection

Alaska-Anchorage has reprimanded coach Dave Shyiak for throwing a water bottle from the bench while arguing with officials last Saturday, an action that led to his ejection.

Shyiak was given an unsportsmanlike conduct minor and a game misconduct after an argument, the Fairbanks News Miner reported.

The newspaper also reported that Shyiak stepped onto the ice to argue with referees Brian Hill and Stephen McInchak.

Seawolves athletic director Steve Cobb issued the following statement:

“On behalf of the University of Alaska Anchorage athletic department, I sincerely apologize to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, game officials and to UAA supporters for Coach Dave Shyiak’s behavior on Saturday night that resulted in a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct and 10-minute game misconduct penalty.

“Coach Shyiak’s actions were out of character and regrettable. At UAA we have high behavioral standards, not just for student-athletes, but for all department employees. He has received a formal reprimand for his actions and understands that his behavior was unacceptable.

“Respect for our opponents and officials is a core value of UAA’s athletic program and will remain so in the future. We expect our coaches to model the highest degree of sportsmanship.”

The argument appeared to stem from a no-call when Seawolves forward Tommy Grant was pulled down on a shorthanded breakway, the newspaper reported.

It came shortly after Alaska-Anchorage’s Brad Gorham was issued a five-minute major and game disqualification for contact to the head. That penalty happened 12 seconds after Alaska scored the go-ahead goal.

Alaska scored on the 5-on-3 power play caused by Shyiak’s penalty to take a 3-1 lead in a game the Nanooks won 3-2.

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