I've heard a few rumours there was a bench clearance in the game between cardiff and basingstoke tonight is this true? anybody out there who knows how it started if its true, for example who fought who, who won etc......
Taken from Lambys report on THF about the Blaze v Vipers game..
Onto "the bench clearance", Calder nips the puck away from Gallace and goes on to assist Carlson in scoring as the teams celebrate Calder cross checks Gallace in the back through the doors of the Newcastle bench, an arm flys over the bench and strikes Calder in the head. Carlson who just scored sees this, drops the gloves and literally flys over the Vipers bench sparking a melee. All the players square off and Payette and Ferone skate to centre ice. All the other players stop what they are doing to watch the fight. Its a good long fight, IMHO Payette shades it and the period ends early.
Third period starts and literally a minute or two after they come out of the box, Ferone clearly wants to go again and drops em and grabs Andre. This time though Ferone comfortably beats Andre to the ice and they are out of the game.
In the Devils game both goalies had ago but Hicks didn`t kick them out (2 for leaving the crease/2+2 for roughing each)
Trumbley hit Clader from the bench and Carslon (who had just scored a 1-on-1 skated the lengnth of the rink and dived into the Newcaslte bench trying to get at Trumbley. It was actually quite amusing becuase he took of about two feet from the borads and landed amongst the Newcastle players.
Not really a bench clearence as such nore of a large melee. Ferone and payette did have two fights though. The first Payette won (Ferone wouldn'd remove his helmet in that one) and Ferone won the 2nd.
I thought it was Gallace who hit Calder, then being the chicken that he is, skated off... prompting Carlson to jump over the wall at him. Gallace had had a tough game, with constant (undeserved) jeering from the Coventry fans right behind his bench, and after he broke his stick he went straight for Calder.
It was like a scene from a film really... all the fighting on the benches stopped and Payette and Ferone squared off in the centre circle, and they had a classic lengthy brawl with not much to decide between them. In the end they both just agreed to stop, as they were exhausted and the officials didn't separate them.
It's a shame about the second time round, Andre shouldn't have dropped the gloves as he got spanked.