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Published February 13, 2013, 09:45 PM

High school goalie shows frustration in flashy way

Farmington, MN (WDAY TV) - A Minnesota High School goalie's bizarre, on-ice meltdown has created a social media storm.

Farmington, MN (WDAY TV) - A Minnesota High School goalie's bizarre, on-ice meltdown has created a social media storm.

He let the other team score, flipped off the coaches, and left the ice.

It was senior night at Farmington High School, a game honoring Austin Krause, and other upperclassmen.

That's when the goalie did something he says, ended his last high school hockey season. Take a look.

The combination of this goal for the other team, and this obscene gesture to the coaches, has created a viral video sensation.

Senior Austin Krause says he wants playing time, and the sophomores steal the spotlight. So he decided to show the coaches his frustration, by flipping them off, and lashing out on Facebook, asking others to "like" his status if they think the coaches should quit.

Aaron Hurdt, Moorhead High Hockey Player: "Maybe he had his own problems with the coaching staff but you don't want to throw your team under the bus like that."

The video of the Farmington High School student's breakdown went viral. Posted for less than 24 hours, it already has more than 30,000 views and it's been picked up by major websites like USA Today, and Yahoo.

Peter Cullen, Moorhead Hockey Coach: "Just a great example of how things can get out of control."

Moorhead's hockey coach says the meltdown comes at a terrible time. It's nearly playoffs, and every game counts.

Cullen: "It's gotta be a nightmare right now. I feel bad for the kids and the coaches? What kind of momentum does that bring right now? None."

Coaches blame it on the enormous pressure student athletes are under, saying it's even worse for goalies, from time-consuming hockey practices, to stressful games.

Dean Wilson, Former Fargo South Hockey Coach: "Goal-tending is a tough position, one of the toughest. Because all you need is one person better than you, or playing better than you at the time and you're doomed."

Krause complained that he was better than the sophomore who got playing time. So we looked into his record.

Sports experts say he had a poor save percentage, stopping only 87.7 percent of the opponents shots.