Fans didn't seem to think it's a joke. There's really far less fighting across all levels of hockey, And even less goalie fights- they seemed pretty fired up so one positive thing is it puts/keeps butts in seats. (Esp with now the AHL playing in the same arena)
Maybe this stems from a previous incident since UA-NAU is a rivalry series. From the coaches pov, it's stupid. The two starting goalies got kicked out and DQed for fighting so couldn't dress in the second game of the series. It could have changed the series, esp for NAU which is the underdog in the series anyway.