You wouldn’t normally expect it from a hockey match between two women’s teams, but the NCAA hockey brawl that broke out on Friday night was like no other, and tons of penalties were issued. The game turned into an all-out battle between Ohio State and Bemidji State, in a game that took place in Columbus, Ohio.
A total of 287 penalty minutes were issued during the post-game fight alone, and the match tallied 303 in total, which is more than have ever been assessed in a college hockey game, by men or women. The vicious brawl also resulted in 19 suspensions.
Fans of college sports do not often hear about such an event when a group of women are involved in an NCAA hockey brawl, but this historic game in Columbus may change that for some people.
The previous record for penalties assessed in an NCAA hockey brawl was held by a game that occurred between the University of Boston and Maine on January 24, 2004. The game disqualifications all held a one-game suspension, which only let each team dress six forwards and four defensive players in their rematch that took place on Saturday. Saturday’s game went into a shootout that Bemidji State won 1-0, after tying the match 2-2 in the extra period.
The previous record for a Division 1 women’s game was 83, set by Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth on Dec. 14, 2003. Ohio State coach Nate Handrahan said of the event, “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.”
In this NCAA hockey brawl, Ohio State set the women’s record for penalties in a game with 26, and both teams combined for 49 penalties, another women’s record.