US and Canadian women's hockey teams fight again

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 20, 2013 at 11:45 pm •  Published: December 20, 2013
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Jocelyne Lamoureux took exception to Brianne Jenner's late run at Josephine Pucci, setting off another fiery round in the U.S. women's hockey team's rivalry with Canada.

Lamoureux nailed Jenner with an illegal bodycheck and, seconds later, Lamoureux, sister Monique and U.S. teammates Hilary Knight, Gigi Marvin and Kacey Bellamy were brawling with Canada's Jenner, Melodie Daoust, Jocelyne Larocque, Meaghan Mikkelson and Vicki Bendus.

"I think we came in and defended our teammates, did what we had to do," Jocelyne Lamoureux, a former University of North Dakota star playing in her home rink, said after the Americans' 4-1 victory Friday night in the pre-Olympic exhibition game. "It's always going to be heated (against Canada). The intensity is always going to be there."

The referees handed out 10 fighting majors and a string of other infractions after the melee with nine seconds to play. The two teams also fought in October late in a game in Burlington, Vt., with all 10 skaters squaring off late in the third period. They had another big scrap in 2010.

"I'm not a proponent of fighting in hockey, but I am a proponent of standing up for yourself," U.S. coach Katey Stone said. "We will not be pushed around."

The Lamoureux sisters, Knight and Brianna Decker scored for the Americans.

Emotions began boiling over midway through the third period after a pair of roughing penalties against Decker and Canada's Meghan Acosta-Marciano.



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