Grand Forks, ND, United States (4E Sports) – A brawl marred the United States women’s hockey team’s 4-1 victory over Canada in a pre-Olympic exhibition game Friday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Americans Hilary Knight, Gigi Marvin, Monique Lamoureux, Jocelyne Lamoureux and Kacey Bellamy brawled with Canada’s Melodie Daoust, Jocelyne Larocque, Meaghan Mikkelson, Vicki Bendus and Brianne Jenner with nine seconds remaining in the game.
They were all assessed fighting majors in a string of penalties after the brawl that was sparked Jocelyne Lamoureux’s body check on Jenner.
“I’m not a proponent of fighting in hockey, but I am a proponent of standing up for yourself,” U.S. coach Katey Stone said. “We will not be pushed around.”
It was not the first time that the two teams fought during a game. They also fought in October late in a game in Burlington with all 10 skaters squaring off late in the third period.
Jocelyn and Monique Lamoureux, Knight and Brianna Decker scored for the Americans while Haley Irwin netted Canada’s only goal.
The fight also marred Kevin Dineen’s first coaching stint with the Canadian team after taking over taking over for Dan Church, who resigned Dec. 12.
The two squads will renew rivalry Dec. 28 in Paul, Minnesota.