We are only four months away before the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and one thing is clear after Saturday night--the two superpowers in women's hockey simply do not like each other. During the third period of Canada's 3-2 victory over the United States in an exhibition game, a brawl broke out.
If this occurrence had happened in men's play, it wouldn't have been considered a big deal, but the bottom line is we are still not used to altercations like the one that happened in Vermont Saturday, to happen in women's hockey.
The roughhousing started when American forward Monique Lamoureux bumped Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados. A melee ensued with Canadian players Hayley Wickenheiser, Courtney Birchard and Tessa Bonhomme involved. Birchard took exception to Lamoureux's bump and went right after the American. Then Jocelyne Lamoureux came to the aid of her twin sister, and there were three minor roughing penalties called for each team.
This is not the first time players from Canada and the United States have been involved in an altercation. The photo shown occurred from an altercation in 2009.
Canada next plays the United States in exhibition play Thursday evening in Montreal.