This is what happens when a completely average NCAA Division I hockey program takes down a giant.
During Saturday night’s game between the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Whoevers and the No. 3-ranked Union College No-namers – yes, that was an attempt at humour – a donnybrook broke out at the final buzzer.
The two New York-based D-1 programs were doing battle in the Mayor’s Cup, an annual game between the tiny schools.
After Rensselaer knocked off Union 2-1 in front of home support in Albany, all hell broke loose, beginning with a cross-check that sparked a bench-clearing brawl.
As you can see, even the coaches were fired up for this one.
On Sunday, Union coach Rich Bennett was suspended two games by his own school, according to Ken Schott of the Daily Gazette.
“We regret the incidents that took place upon the conclusion of last night’s men’s ice hockey game vs. RPI and wish to apologize for our actions,” Jim McLaughling, Union’s athletic director, said in a statement.
Players from both teams also received game disqualifications, meaning they’ll miss their team’s next outing.