Huntsville, AL — There was “havoc” in Huntsville as two minor league hockey teams got into a wild bench-clearing, stick-wielding brawl Friday night.
The teams involved were the Mississippi Surge and the Huntsville Havoc of the Southern Professional Hockey League.
It’s reminiscent of that old chestnut, “I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.”
In any case, if you are an NHL fan, perhaps this will give you something to look forward to if owners and the players union ever settle their differences.
The fight broke out in the third period with five minutes left in front of the Surge bench (which is not a good venue if you’re a member of the Havoc) and with Huntsville ahead 3-2. The Havoc eventually won the game 5-2, but not before a total of 129 penalty minutes were handed out in the game, according Yahoo! Sports.
The SPHL will likely discipline some of the players involved and presumably suspensions would be involved. The two teams meet again on January 20 in the Surge’s building.
Brett959, the individual who posted the brawl video to YouTube, had this to say about the Surge-Havoc fight:
“With just a few minutes left in the 3rd period the Mississippi Surge pull a Havoc player into the bench. Thee Havoc clear their bench to protect their teammate who is getting pummeled by the Surge players.
“Referee Peter MacDougall should be the one suspended in my opinion for allowing the game to get that out of hand.
“On a positive note the more than 5,000 fans got their monies worth and though enjoyed every minute of it!”
Do you think that there is too much fighting in professional hockey? Have you ever heard of the SPHL before?