NASHVILLE - Troy Bodie had the worst seat in the house during the second period and it had to make him sick to his stomach to see the red light go on twice while he was sitting in the penalty box.
The man trying to nail down a roster spot on the Winnipeg Jets roster found himself in the crosshairs on Saturday night as his team fell 4-3 to the Nashville Predators before a crowd of 14,701 at Bridgestone Arena.
Bodie took exception to a check Predators forward Zack Stortini threw on Jets defenceman Tobias Enstrom and immediately decided to stick of for his teammate.
As it turns out, Stortini declined his invitation to fight and Bodie was left with a double minor for roughing.
The Predators ended up scoring twice during the penalty, turning a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead.
Afterward, Bodie stood at his locker and took full responsibility for what transpired.
"Those two goals are on my shoulders," said Bodie. "It's tough when I feel I was doing my job, but at the same time, maybe I have to be a little smarter. Maybe I shouldn't have been as quick to shed my mitts."
Bodie, a Portage la Prairie product who is in camp on a tryout, then offered an explanation of his thought process regarding what transpired.
"I thought it was very much a charge. In the end, it was a very dirty play," said Bodie. "Tobie is one of our best players and it's my job is to stick up for him. We've got to let it be known that stuff doesn't happen to our team. I tried to get (Stortini) to fight and when I realized that he wasn't obliging, it was a little too late at that point.
"As a player in that role, I'd never turn someone down (in that situation)."
Jets head coach Claude Noel didn't give a clear indication of which side of the fence he stood on regarding what took place.
"I'll let you decide that," said Noel. "You have to tip your hat to him. At least he stood up and tried to do what he does. That's part of his game. On the other hand, you've got to recognize that you might get burned. Zack Stortini did a good job for him, drawing him into that and not dropping his gloves. You've got to know who your opponents are. Stortini has been around the block.
"We needed to try to kill them and help (Bodie) out. Tough play. You lose momentum, you get four minutes. Was it a good play? I understand he's trying to make the team and sometimes you have to do those things. You take everything into perspective."
The general consensus is that when you deliver a hit of that nature during a pre-season game, Stortini is obliged to drop the gloves.
Sure, Stortini drew the double minor and his team won the game. But for a guy who makes his living by dropping the gloves, Stortini's reputation will take a beating if he doesn't engage in that situation.
Bodie's teammates were quick to jump to his defence.
"It's a tough one, (Bodie) played really hard for us and you can't really blame him," said Jets defenceman Derek Meech. "Things like that happen and we have to help him out on the PK and kill those off."