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Rebellious Farmington goalie scores for rival team, flips off coaches

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    In defense of Farmington goalie Austin Krause

    In defense of Farmington goalie Austin Krause

    Wednesday, February 13 2013 12:58 PM EST2013-02-13 17:58:15 GMT
    With a little more than three minutes remaining in the game, Farmington goalie Austin Krause gathered the puck behind his own net and tossed it into the goal he spent his entire hockey career working to
    With a little more than three minutes remaining in the game, Farmington goalie Austin Krause gathered the puck behind his own net and tossed it into the goal he spent his entire hockey career working to
FARMINGTON, Minn. (KMSP) -

The game was tied when the goalie for Farmington's high school hockey team intentionally tapped the puck into his own net, scoring a point for Chaska before skating off the ice with a not-so-subtle gesture.

Witnesses say Austin Krause took off his gloves and made an obscene gesture before saluting the crowd as he left the ice and stepped into some hot water with his school.

Krause's final exit earned him a 10-day suspension, but his friends defend his decision to part ways with a definite message. Classmates told FOX 9 News that, bold or not, Krause had a good reason for his antics on the ice.

"He was getting sat over a sophomore. He's played the last two years for them. He's been sitting those two years, waiting for his chance to play -- and they just decide to put him on the bench and play a sophomore," explained Nathan Thomas.

Thomas told FOX 9 News he understands his fellow senior's frustration because of his own first-hand experience.

"They took a spot away from me, and I feel it's my senior year, I should get a chance to play," he said.

The Tuesday-night trouble was caught on video too, and the footage of Krause allegedly flipping off his coaches to warm applause from his peers went viral on Wednesday.

Thomas told FOX 9 News the bold statement wasn't just for show. Instead, he said it is a response to a long-standing culture issue between the upperclassmen, coaches and incoming players.

"A lot of students complained about freshmen making the team over seniors," he said. "They didn't like that."

Over at the Schmitz-Maki building, players practiced while district leaders insisted team decisions are simply about making sure the best players are on the ice.

"It doesn't matter how old the student is or how much time they've put into the team," said Jay Haugen, superintendent of Farmington Area Public Schools. "We expect our coaches to pick the best people."

The principal described the incident as unfortunate, saying that Krause was disciplined according to district policy.

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