Union College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have one of the most underrated rivalries in college hockey. The two New York schools are separated by roughly 15 miles. Union, which is currently ranked 3rd in the country, is a national powerhouse that had won 10-straight games over RPI prior to Sunday. But RPI’s 2-1 upset win isn’t what has the nation buzzing.
An epic brawl broke out between the two teams after the final horn sounded. RPI’s players flooded the ice to celebrate the win after the final face-off, and someone must have said something that lit a fuse. Before the 7,000 fans in attendance realized what had happened, several fights were taking place. Union coach Rick Bennett even tried to square off with RPI coach Seth Appert, but he was held back by players and coaches.
Bennett offered no explanation after the game for why he went after Appert, but both coaches apologized and said they were embarrassed by what happened. Two players from each team were suspended one game for their involvement.
Nobody owes us an apology, that’s for sure. That’s one of the best hockey brawls you’ll ever see.