A friendly competition between the Bemidji State and Ohio State women's hockey teams turned hostile on Friday night when a massive brawl broke out after the Buckeyes were defeated 2-3.
19 OSU players were disqualified for participating in the fight and a combined 287 penalty minutes were issued, making Friday night's fight the largest in NCAA history.
Here are some photos screengrabbed from a video posted by YouTuber Grant Salzano—
OSU head coach Nate Handrahan addressed the brawl during a press conference after the game. While he didn't specify exactly what caused the fight, he said it had something to do with the way the Bemidji State players were yippin', hootin', and hollarin' after their win.
: "I’ve got to believe that our players, and as a staff, as a program, we’re not happy with teams celebrating on our ice surface and going off the ice yipping and hooting and hollering. What happened at the end of the game doesn’t happen often in women’s hockey…But I can tell you this: We’re happy to at least see our girls show some fight and some spirit. Outside of that, I think hockey in general is trying to get that stuff out of the game. We have our own issues to deal with."
...In other words: Bemidji State started it and we'd fight 'em again. Hooray OSU, hooray hockey!