In the third period of a 5-0 game, the New York Riveters decided to make a statement about the opposing Connecticut Whale running their goaltender. Whale forward Danielle Ward collided with netminder Jenny Scrivens, sparking a scrum that saw both teams pile up along the boards.
No penalty was called on the initial collision between Ward and Scrivens. The post-hit battle resulted in 17 minutes to Connecticut’s Michaela Long- a major and a game for charging along with a two-minute minor for roughing. New York’s Ashley Johnston also picked up a matching minor for roughing. No other penalties were handed out as a result of the scrum, though it looks like they could have been.
From the NWHL rulebook, a fight is defined as “a player who punches an opponent during game action, after a whistle, or any time during the regular course of a game during a prolonged player confrontation.” You don’t have to drop your gloves to be called for fighting. Here’s some details of the rule applicable to this situation:
B. Both players involved will be assessed 5 minute majors and automatic game misconducts.
D. A player who is on the ice and it the first to intervene in a fight already in progress (third man in) between two opposing players will be assessed, in additional to any other penalties incurred during the incident, a game-misconduct penalty.
E. A player who tries to fight or continues to fight after she has been ordered by the referee to stop, or who resists a linesman who is trying to stop the continuation of a fight, will be assessed a double minor penalty or a major penalty and automatic game-misconduct penalty or a match penalty.
F. If a fight involves one player on the ice with another player off it, both players will be assessed a misconduct penalty or a game-misconduct penalty or a match penalty.
H. The first player from either team to leave the players’ bench or penalty box during a player confrontation on ice will be assessed a double-minor penalty and an automatic game-misconduct penalty. Subsequent players who leave the players’ bench during a player confrontation will be assessed a misconduct penalty. Subsequent skaters who leave the penalty box during a player confrontation will be assessed a minor and game-misconduct penalties. These penalties will be served at the expiration of all previous penalties. The act alone of leaving either the players’ bench or penalty box constitutes a violation of these rules, even if the players do not engage in fighting once they are on the ice.
J. If players of both teams leave their respective benches at the same time, or if players from one team leave their players’ bench after seeing players from the other team do so, the first identifiable player of each team will be penalized under this rule.
Referees for the game were Colin Schmaeling and Mark McGinnis. Chelsea Ward and Francesca Clemente were the linesmen.