The Huntsville Havoc skated to their 5th win in the last 7 games, beating the Mississippi Surge by a 5-2 score.
However, the headline from this story says it all.
With the scored tightened to 3-2 late in the third period, tensions boiled over into a massive brawl between the teams. With less than 5 minutes left in the game, a Havoc player was hit in the back while trying to get off the ice for a line change. Referee Peter MacDougall called a spearing penalty, but it was too late. Several missed or ignored penalties leading up to the spear had both teams frustrated and ready to scrap. "There was a pretty dirty play a few minutes prior where they hit our guy going onto the bench, and it wasn't called" coach Glenn Detulleo told WAFF 48 Sports after thaw game. "Two minutes later, the same thing happened."
MacDougall hadn't blown his whistle much in the previous three periods, and the few penalties that were called were all against the Havoc. "55 minutes out of a game and they don't get a single penalty? I doubt they played a perfect game." Detulleo said. The late spear was the last straw.
Exactly what happened remains unclear, but it saw a Havoc player dragged into the Surge bench, prompting his teammates to clear their bench to rescue their comrade. A massive brawl broke out, with just about everyone grabbing on to a partner. It took referees more than four minutes to separate the two teams, and another 15 minutes to count up all the penalties. Aaron McGill, Chapen Leblond, Bill Baker, Sam Cannata, and Corey Fulton all found someone to fight, to the delight of more than 5,000 fans who packed the VBC.
The Havoc added two late power play goals to seal the deal.