The US and Canadian national hockey teams have had some heated battles on the ice over the years, but what happened Saturday night in Burlington, Vt., may move to the top of the list.
In an exhibition game between the two women’s national teams, in which Canada defeated the US, 3-2, Monique Lamoureux of the US rushed to the net with just over three minutes to play and bumped into Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados.
Canadian defender Courtney Birchard did not take too kindly to the bump and immediately put Lamoureux in a headlock, later slamming her to the ice. Chaos ensued, and almost every player on the ice at the time got into the brawl.
Canadians Birchard and Tessa Bonhomme, along with Americans Jocelyne Lamoureux (Monique’s sister) and Kelli Stack, were given roughing majors.
Needless to say, the animosity that exists in the game between the men’s national teams and junior teams extends onto the women’s side as well.
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