Here’s the ending to tonight’s game in The Ralph. Ten fighting majors were assessed, including ones to former UND stars Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux and to Warroad’s Gigi Marvin.
This is the second brawl between the teams in five pre-Olympic games.
The U.S. was irked at Brianne Jenner for an elbow high on Josephine Pucci late in the game. When Jenner got out of the box, Jocelyne body-checked her, starting the fracas.
Below is video of the incident and quotes.
U.S. coach Katey Stone: “I’m not a proponent of fighting in hockey. I am a proponent for standing up for yourself. If players are going to take cheap shots at our players, there’s going to be an answer for that. We will not get pushed around. We will, at the end of the day, prepare to play any game we have to play. We’ll go hard, we’ll play clean, but if the game gets out of hand, we’ll manage that as well.”
U.S. forward Monique Lamoureux: ”That player that hit Pucci took her out for a season two seasons ago. She took a headshot at her. We’re going to stick up for our teammates. We’re going to protect them. Jocelyne obviously body-checked her. I thought that was clean. If you’re going to take a headshot at one of our players, there are consequences for playing like that.”
Canada coach Kevin Dineen: “That’s something that takes a little getting used to. That’s my first snap shot of this series. I know it has a lot of history to it. These teams have been going at it for a long time. You look at the incidents and they were certainly the aggressors. The ref certainly got the calls right. It was late in the game. I’m not a big fan of that stuff late in the game. But I like that when we were attacked like that, we all stood up for each other.”