BOSTON — For all the years Doyle Somerby had dreamed about his first experience playing in the famed Beanpot college hockey tournament, never once did getting ejected from the game factor into it.
Unfortunately for the Boston University freshman defenseman from Marblehead, that’s exactly what transpired. Somerby was given a 5-minute major penalty for checking from behind with 8:27 remaining in the second period and subsequently ejected from the contest, one in which his Terriers would go on to lose to arch rival Boston College, 3-1, at the TD Garden.
“It all happened so quickly, and what happened certainly wasn’t my intention,” said the 19-year-old Somerby, who said the ejection was the first he’s ever received playing hockey.
The play occured along the near wall in the Boston University end. The 6-foot-5, 221-pound Somerby hit Boston College forward Kevin Hayes (no shrinking violet himself at 6-4, 216 lbs.) from behind and into the boards. Players from both sides then got mixed up and Somerby took a few punches from the Eagles’ Bill Arnold before giving him a facewash with his gloved hand. He was then ushered off to the penalty box, then eventually sent off the ice for the night.
“(The hit) was hip on hip; it wasn’t like I went in there trying to hit (Hayes) from behind. I’m not running around hitting guys,” Somerby, who wears No. 27 for BU, said.
“I was in the box and (the official) pointed at the gate and I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I didn’t believe it,” he continued. “I thought they were saying I was getting two minutes for a face mask (penalty) as an add-on to the major, but they opened the door and pointed to the gate.”
While getting tossed and his team now relegated to next Moday’s consolation game against Harvard weren’t part of Somerby’s plans, he said he loved playing his first-ever game at the Garden. It’s the third such historic venue he’s played in during this, his freshman season for the Terriers, who previously played at Madison Square Garden (against Cornell) and at Fenway Park vs. Hockey East rival Maine.