See the ‘Sucker Punch’ That Led to an All-Out Hockey Brawl

Everything is bigger in Texas. Including the hockey brawls.

On Sunday, the Corpus Christi IceRays were taking on the Texas Tornadoes in a North American Hockey League (NAHL) game. By the third period, the IceRays took a 4-1 lead. That’s when the IceRays noticed the Tornados had sent out their “enforcers” for the ensuing faceoff. And that’s also when things started to get out of hand. Yahoo! Sports explains what happened next:

[IceRays Coach Justin] Quenneville knew what was coming. Sure enough, Texas forward Skyler Spiller stalked Perry D’Arrisso of the Ice Rays after the draw and then sucker-punched him from behind, sparking an energetic line brawl between the NAHL rivals.

The game’s announcers gave an actual blow-by-blow:

The Corpus Christi Caller has more:

Just two seconds later on the ensuing faceoff, Tornado forward Skyler Spiller jumped D’Arrisso from behind at center ice, leading to five simultaneous fights.

“I have absolutely no idea (why it happened),” D’Arrisso said. “I went to the faceoff and (Spiller) didn’t say anything to me.

“The puck dropped and I was looking at it the whole time and I turned around and he was coming right me. I just turtled before I got knocked in the face and everybody jumped in.”

The bad blood also spilled off the ice, with IceRays general manager Pat Dunn engaging in a shouting match with Tornado coach Tony Curtale and assistant Jason Bloomingburg, who briefly played in Corpus Christi during the IceRays’ minor-pro years.

It was the second time the teams got into an all-out brawl this season.

You can see a fan’s-eye view of the fight, that also includes a few middle fingers and curse words, here.

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