Tied at one goal apiece during the first period of Saturday night’s Hockey Night in Canada clash the Canucks’ Aaron Volpatti and Oilers’ Andy Sutton decided to drop the gloves in a spirited fight between two tough combatants.
The 6’6” Sutton used his thirty pound and half-foot advantage over Volpatti to land some early bombs, but the Revelstoke, BC native proved he could take a punch before swinging back up at Sutton. As Mike Tyson once said, everybody’s got a plan until they get punched, and Volpatti knew he might have to soak a shot or two if he wanted to prevail as the underdog.
Call the fight a draw, an especially impressive tilt for Volpatti. Later in the second period another Canucks fourth line winger tried to tussle with the Oilers when Dale Weise fought defenceman Theo Peckham.
Call round two a draw as well, giving Peckham a slight advantage for opening up Weise just above the eye brow. With newcomers Weise, Volpatti and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fanning the flames of the BC-Alberta rivalry, expect more of these tilts as the season series continues.