October 06, 2009
Why didn't any of you tell us there was fighting in Women's Olympic Hockey exhibition games? Because based on this brawl between the U.S. and Canadian women after Canada's 3-1 win in Victoria last night, there totally is ... or at least what passes for fighting in women's hockey. It lasts about the first minute of the clip:
The Province, which hipped us to the video, had the details:
Most of the footage is actually of the pumped-up crowd cheering after the last-second mayhem, but it does capture a fairly raucous affair in the opening moments. Watch closely around the 10-second mark for a particularly nasty cross-check from behind by Canadian star Hayley Wickenheiser.
The video carries on with a decidedly more polite hand-shaking ritual at mid-ice. But there's always a next time... The teams meet five more times in this series of tune-ups for the 2010 Winter Games.
In other words, plenty of time for escalation!
The Victoria News has further details on what sounded like a fairly brutal game in which the referees allowed everything but brass knuckles and sledgehammers; culminating in an "intense scrum" that "included a series of wrestling matches, much the same as an NHL fighting major."
Yep, just like it.