Brawl Mars End of Bowling Green-Western Michigan Game
CHN Staff Report
A 10-man brawl broke out near the end of Friday's game between Bowling Green and Western Michigan, at Bowling Green, Ohio.
After Bowling Green scored the second of its two empty-net goals, to account for what became a 4-1 win, a fracas broke out. It was unclear what precipitated the event.
Referee Tim Kotyra handed out majors for fighting, and the requisite game disqualification penalties, to all 10 skaters on the ice. That included, for Western Michigan, Patrick Nagorsen, Matt Clackson, Chris Clackson, Jordan Collins and Chris Frank; and for Bowling Green Tommy Dee, Kyle Page, John Mazzei, Brian Moore and Ben Geelan.
All 10 players will have to sit out Saturday's rematch.
Derek Whitmore scored the first three Bowling Green goals, giving him 18 for the season. The last one was an empty netter with 49 seconds remaining. Brandon Svendsen added another empty netter with 20 seconds left.
Just eight seconds later is when the fight broke out.
In addition to the fighting and game DQ penalties, Frank and Collins, both of Western Michigan, received addition two-minute roughing penalties and 10-minute misconducts. All told, that's 174 minutes of penalties for the one event. There was 207 for the game, including 120 to Western Michigan.
WMU has had equal or more penalty minutes than its opponent in all but one game this season.