Here's a Dictionary.com-worthy video definition for "donnybrook." Midway through the third period of a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League game on Saturday, the Melfort Mustangs' Bryden Serafini and Battlefords North Stars' Ben Greenaway squared off for a fight in the neutral zone.
Tabling the debate over fighting for the moment, this was a dandy scrap, as the two Junior A players threw right hands rapidly until they collapsed to the ice in exhaustion. Melfort play-by-play man Branden Crowe getting caught up in the moment — "They're just throwing absolute haymakers! Look at the hair on Serafini!" — just adds to it. Throwing to a commercial with, "They are both exhausted and bleeding, we'll clean up the mess in Aisle 2" was also pretty smooth, if a little cavalier since both players were injured. Apparently both players were hurt.
Greenaway, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound from Kelowna, B.C., might have earned a split decision. Serafini and the Mustangs, though, won the game 7-4 and are one win from taking the team's playoff series.
It's worth noting that the SJHL is part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League, which adopted a 'fight threshold' that suspends a player for having six or more fights in a season. According to Drop Your Gloves, it was Greenaway's fifth this season and Serafini's third. Talk about making it count.
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