#22 Admirals & Lock Monsters Brawl After the First Period.
The Admirals 25th home opener on October 11 is just 22 days away! So we are counting down the days recognizing 25 memorable moments in the 25 years of Admirals Hockey, in a segment we call 25 in 25. Each day we will highlight a great moment in the Admirals proud 25-year history to get you set for the 2013-14 home opener!
#22 – December 11, 2004
As is the case in any lockout year, hockey fans will have the opportunity to see some of the game's best players in venues and leagues you wouldn't normally see them playing in, as NHL players look for temporary homes to play such as the AHL, ECHL, or overseas. The 2004-05 lockout season was no different.
On Saturday, December 11, 2004 a large group of Carolina Hurricanes fans who were starving to see some hockey action during the lockout year, made the three-hour trek from Raleigh to Norfolk to watch their team's AHL affiliate the Lowell Lock Monsters battle the Admirals at Scope. The Canes' fans were eager to watch the likes of their star players Eric Staal and goaltender Cam Ward in action. However, instead of watching Ward block shots on this night, they watched him block punches. This is where you may begin humming or signing Elton John's, "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)" as you read the remainder of this story.
Lowell skated to a 2-0 lead after the first period. As the teams were heading off the ice for the first intermission, Admirals head coach Trent Yawney exchanged words with Lowell's bench boss Tom Rowe. Their exchange was brief, but it did attract the attention of the players who got close to the situation. The Admirals Travis Moen gave a hard shove to Lowell's Ryan Bayda, who countered with a shove of his own. That is when Lowell's tough customer Brantt Myhres leaped into the pile throwing punches and the melee was officially on!
Every player grabbed a dance partner. Some just grappled and watched, while others were throwing haymakers. The altercation would die down and appear to be over, but then someone would take a swipe at someone else, and it would star all over again…and again….and then again. At one point Myhres even got tangled up with coach Yawney.
Similar to a scene in the movie Slapshot, the brawl featured a few players who lost articles of clothing. Admirals tough guy Shawn Thornton (now with the Boston Bruins) lost his jersey and spent much of the fight trying to restore order in a sleeveless shirt. Norfolk's Mike Brown was not as lucky, as he lost both his jersey and his under shirt, while appearing as if he was ready for the showers.
One of the linesmen was injured during the scrums, and had to be helped off the ice by the Admirals training staff.
The brawl continued to escalate and eventually set up the stage for the main event amongst two NHL goaltenders in Cam Ward and Michael Leighton. Every single one of the brawlers stopped to watch the two goalies land some shots before grappling each other down to the ice.
The fight between the two netminders seemed to serve as the cherry on top, as almost instantly both teams skated off the ice to their respective lockerooms.
Lowell went on to win the game 5-1, receiving a late goal from NHL star Eric Staal in the third period.
The altercation lasted approximately eight minutes. Both teams combined for 227 penalty minutes in the game (NOR – 118, LOW – 109), setting Admirals franchise records.
The AHL handed down numerous fines and suspension for the altercation. Lowell head coach Tom Rowe and Norfolk head coach Trent Yawney were suspended for ten (10) regular-season games each for their actions in the brawl. Both coaches had been assessed gross misconducts at the 20:00 mark of the first period. Lowell left wing Brantt Myhres was suspended a total of eight (8) games for leaving the players' bench and initiating an altercation. Lowell defenseman Allan Rourke, who received a match penalty for head-butting, was suspended for three (3) games. Norfolk left wing Mike Brown and defenseman Jim Vandermeer were suspended for two (2) games apiece for their roles in the incident. Additionally, both coaches, a total of nine players and both organizations have were fined undisclosed amounts.
The 25th season of Admirals hockey opens on October 5 at Hartford. The Admirals home opener will take place on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the Binghamton Senators. The Admirals play host to the Charlotte Checkers in a preseason exhibition at Scope on September 28, beginning at 7:15 p.m. Preseason game tickets are on sale now for $10. Regular season single game tickets will go on sale beginning on Wednesday, September 25.
Game tickets are available through the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
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