Fighting is not just for the boys. The ladies can drop the gloves, too. And, oh boy, did they.
The Ohio State and Bemidji State womens’ teams combined for a NCAA-record 318 penalty minutes in their game on November 8. That’s an NCAA college hockey record for men or women, in Division I or Division III. The previous record was a mere 268 by Boston University and Maine back in 2004.
Referees Ross Gibbs and Chrisy Langley called just eight penalties over the first 59 minutes – five on the Beavers and three against the Buckeyes. At the 20:00 mark of the third, though, all hell broke loose with:
- 20 Disqualifications
- 19 Fighting majors
- 1 Facemasking major
- 1 Instigator penalty
Here’s OSU head coach Mike Handrahan:
“I don’t really know what happened, to be quite honest. All I know is there were players taking liberties with our players. There was some chippiness throughout the course of the game.”
“I can tell you this: We’re happy to at least see our girls show some fight and some spirit.”
Here’s his full post-game presser: