Gophers vs. Huskies hockey game ends in brawl [VIDEO]

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Screenshot from Sportsgrid video.
Look closely to see the steam coming form Don Lucia's ears.
Up 6-2 with less than two minutes to go, it looked like the Gophers had effectively clinched a clean comeback against Michigan Tech Saturday night at Mariucci Arena. As it turned out, the game was just about to get interesting.

The third period ended with two fights that sent five players to the penalty box. Footage of the game shows a very heated Gophers head coach Don Lucia looking ready to jump over to the Michigan bench and throw a few punches himself, causing the linesmen to actually climb in between the benches to stop him.

The first fight began with 1:46 on the clock after Jake Hansen scored a power-play goal for the Gophers, giving Minnesota a 4-point lead. Michigan Tech's Steven Seigo was apparently not happy with how the game was about to end. Seigo went after Hansen, and another Gophers player joined in the action, earning all three penalties for roughing.

After the next faceoff, Seth Helgeson, a defenseman for the Gophers, and Tech's Carl Nielsen decided to pick things up where the others left off. Here's video of the fight, via Sportsgrid:


More noteworthy was what happened next. It's unclear how it started, but footage of the game shows Michigan assistant coach Bill Muckalt standing on the bench yelling across to the Gophers side. It's hard to make out, but he appears to be screaming, "Come on over."

Lucia and Gophers assistant coach Grant Potulny look like they'd be more than happy to accept the invitation, but several officials jump in between the two sides to make sure that doesn't happen.


In the end, sportsmanship prevailed. According to the Star Tribune, players and coaches still returned to the ice for the post-game handshake. Lucia, however, did not join them.


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8 comments
Tim Zimmerman
Tim Zimmerman

old time hockeyHe's here...""Who?" "Oglethorpe."

Mrsodapopguyman2005
Mrsodapopguyman2005

"The third quarter ended with two fights..."

The third QUARTER? Cmon man, this is MN. Author must be a transplant.

Andy Mannix
Andy Mannix

Not a transplant, just made a simple mistake. Thanks. 

Steve
Steve

Also, in hockey it is a 4 "goal" lead, points are used for basketball and football. 

Nitpick
Nitpick

The team score is referred to as a goal but there are points in hockey as well. If you're going to be a jerk, at least be correct.

A point is awarded to a player for each goal scored or assist earned. The total number of goals plus assists equals total points

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

Addvalue
Addvalue

The team score is referred to as a goal but there are points in hockey as well. If you're going to be a jerk, at least be correct.

A point is awarded to a player for each goal scored or assist earned. The total number of goals plus assists equals total points

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

Nitpick
Nitpick

You are right that the team score is a "goal" in hockey, but points ARE used in hockey as well. If you're going to be a jerk, at least be correct.

A point is awarded to a player for each goal scored or assist earned. The total number of goals plus assists equals total points.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

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