Wild brawl breaks out in the handshake line after referees force teams to shake hands (Video)

Josh tupper
October 23, 2022  (8:46 PM)

Sometimes a decision by the referee during the game can lead to things getting out of control. It's not often that a decision made after the game by officials that set this chaotic scene in motion. After a game between NCHC's Alaska and Omaha collegiate hockey teams got into a wild brawl.

The two teams played two games against each other over the weekend. Twitter user spomer_hky breaks down the events of this weekend that led to the wild brawl.
Quick breakdown of the post-game scrum between UNO/UAF today.

It all starts back on Friday night. UAF wins in OT and they celebrate in front of UNO's bench. I've got no issue with this. UNO doesn't react and heads to the locker room.

UNO wins today in OT and UNO40 celebrates in front of their bench. Again, no issue. What goes around, comes around. F*ck around; find out. At this moment, it was all over.

This is where things took a turn for the unusual. NCHC games can end with a handshake line, but it's always at the referees discretion. While everyone was expecting the teams to be sent to the locker room that's not what happened.
Here's where it all breaks down:

1)@AlaskaNanooks' coach start MFing everyone, from the officials to UNO's coaches and immediately leaves the ice. He leaves the ice and isn't around for any of the remaining scrum.

@TheNCHC officials decides# it's appropriate for the teams to shake hands after the game. Whether the teams shake hands is completely in their discretion. Reading the room, it was pretty clear it was best to skip it.

A UAF player grabs a UNO player in the handshake line and starts pushing. I thought it was UAF32 and UNO40 but I'm not sure and no video shows it. The refs break it up.

UAF11 grabs UNO26 from behind and throws a punch. It's all downhill from there.

This decision by the referee was clearly the wrong decision and will likely have long reaching implications and decisions going forward.
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Wild brawl breaks out in the handshake line after referees force teams to shake hands (Video)

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