St. Cloud-Bismarck melee fuels penalty-filled NAHL contest, multiple suspensions
The teams combined for 226 penalty minutes in the game after a brawl erupted in the third period Saturday in Bismarck.
BISMARCK — The Bismarck Bobcats picked up a 7-4 win over the St. Cloud Norsemen Saturday at the VFW Sports Center, but it wasn't the score that got the junior hockey world talking.
The two teams combined for 226 penalty minutes in the contest, with St. Cloud's Jake Hosszu and Bismarck's Adam Pietila each receiving 69 penalty minutes apiece. The teams tangled throughout, but the brunt of the penalties were assessed after a massive brawl midway through the third period.
Melee between the St. Cloud Norsemen and the Bismarck Bobcats last night… watch #4 (Hosszu) on the right side D-pairing in black.— Noah Grant (@SCSUHockey91) October 9, 2022
Not a great look, no matter the level of play. Suspensions have to be incoming here@sydneyisawolf @CalebJPeabody pic.twitter.com/P2SGNfnXrn
As a result of the melee, Hosszu received a two-minute instigator minor, a five-minute fighting major, a 10-minute fighting misconduct, a 10-minute misconduct for continuing an altercation, a 20-minute instigator misconduct and a 20-minute misconduct for abuse of an official — all at 8:23 of the third period. Hosszu and teammate Wyatt Wurst were listed as suspended on St. Cloud's line chart before the Norsemen's contest against Minot Sunday night.
The length of those suspensions is not known. The NAHL said it does announce suspensions and the St. Cloud Norsemen said team policy is not to comment on player suspensions.
The league however does have policy established for fighting on its code of conduct page . Serious infractions may include suspensions and/or fines levied against the team.
Kind of reminds me of the year I spent in the minors many years ago. Hockey is usually physical, and sometimes there are fights. Sometimes the fights are started deliberately, which gets us into a fine line/grey area. I wasn’t there and I’m no longer part of the org.— Tom C. (@hockeylogic) October 9, 2022
Fighting in hockey is stupid. It's outlived it's usefulness it's time to get it out of the game https://t.co/PElEy4VOnd— Johnny Mac🔴⚫🔴 (@FIGHT_THE_PANTS) October 9, 2022
Craziest game I have ever been to. @SamBlanton8 https://t.co/SHvqBXZpVA— Jodi Blanton (@JodiBlanton14) October 9, 2022
Would this be enough proof? pic.twitter.com/Nrm4v7fHZF— Allison Jordan (@allisonj203) October 10, 2022
In the trenches.#GoCatsGo pic.twitter.com/P1uqyj8m0z— Bismarck Bobcats (@BismarckBobcats) October 10, 2022