Earlier this week, a Minnesota high school playoff game between Bloomington Jefferson and Academy of Holy Angels ended with a skirmish between the two teams. On Saturday afternoon, the same thing happened again in a sectional semifinal between Eden Prairie and Benilde-St. Margaret's.
Eden Prairie held on for a 1-0 victory over the Red Knights to advance to next week's 6AA sectional final against either Wayzata or Minnetonka. But the Eagles could be missing a few players due to suspension a post-game fight:
EP vs BSM line brawl pic.twitter.com/NNxFbYLRPE— mark richter (@markrichter16) February 22, 2015
Unreal tilt BSM | EP bench clearing pic.twitter.com/e6BnmC7So1— Ross Ellingboe (@RossEllingboe) February 22, 2015
And another from Buckyhockey.com's Andy Johnson:
@ChrisDilks @JoeMeloni Here is what I got from the Benilde/Eden Prairie brawl. http://t.co/WXrDL1IUla— Andy Johnson (@AndyJohnsonB5Q) February 22, 2015
Video is pretty limited at this point, but you kind of get the gist of what happened. Certainly more serious than the Jefferson-Holy Angels fight, which cleared after 30 seconds or so before both teams shook hands.
UPDATE: The MSHSL has ruled on suspensions for Eden Prairie's players, and the Eagles will be without three players for the section final against Minnetonka.
First-line wing Marc Sullivan, second-line wing Riley Argetsinger and top-four defenseman Louie Roehl all will miss Wednesday's game.— Minnesota Hockey Hub (@hockeyhub) February 22, 2015
Sullivan's loss hurts the most for Eden Prairie as he is one of their top defenseman. He's #20 in the video's above seen destroying a BSM player, so it's a tough argument. Argetsinger scored the only goal of the game against BSM, and Roehl is a regular contributor on defense. It will definitely hurt their chances in the final.