Farmington goaltender Austin Krause made national news this week when he made the decision to score a goal into his own net, then send a one finger salute to his coaches then skate off the ice.
Krause cited a lack of communication with his coaches that led to much of his frustration that reached a boiling point on a night when his along with his other senior team mates were supposed to be celebrated.
"I know that this was wrong, but I had to send a message," said Krause. "It felt like I was a ghost on the ice. The coaches would stand there. The coaches wouldn't even stand there and watch me perform."
Added to the lack of communication with the coaching staff, there was Krause's perception that underclassmen were being handed opportunities to not only play varsity, but start. Something Krause says he along with other seniors had to work hard to obtain. Sophomore goaltender Gage Overby saw the most minutes in net for Farmington.
"I'll admit, he's a pretty good goalie for his age," said Krause. "When I started, I was on JV and had to work my all the way up to varsity level. When he came in, he was on varsity right away."
In the aftermath of the story, FOX 9 learned that Austin's father Nick is not allowed to attend any Farmington hockey association games following an altercation with a coach following a game earlier this year that involved his daughter. It was a costly lesson that will stick with the entire Krause family for years to come.
"It took this to happen, am I proud that this happened? No," said Nick. "Did it open a lot of people's eyes? Yes."
Krause earned a 10 day suspension from school following the event that according to his father was reduced to five days.