Players were separated before those that left the benches could further escalate the incident. Both coaches said they would review video and punish those involved.
“The guys that came off the bench are the ones we’re going to have to address,” Greenbrier coach Jeff Becker. “We specifically try to keep them on the bench, and two or three ran past me, and that really makes me mad. We will address them and probably hand out suspensions for them.”
Lakeside coach Ron Ritter talked about taking it a step further for those actually involved.
“My opinion is the ones who are guilty are gone,” he said. “There’s no room in the class for that.”
The incident overshadowed a fourth period that saw three ties and four lead changes, the last with 1:22 to play when Lakeside’s Cody Hovis took a pass from Tyler Sollie and scored the game-winner on a power play, his fifth goal of the night.
That Lakeside won on a power play was fitting, as half their goals came via the extra-man advantage. Greenbrier (4-7) led 5-2 at the half, but the Panthers (8-4) had seven power-play opportunities in the third period, scoring on three of them to tie the game at five heading into the final period.
The Wolfpack were shorthanded 18 times for the match.
After a save by goalie Seth Lowery, the Wolfpack took a 9-8 lead with 3:55 to play on a shorthanded goal by Jacob Edwards that was assisted by Brooks Mischel.
The Panthers responded with a Sollie power-play goal 30 seconds later, then Hovis came away with the final score 29 seconds after a Wolfpack tripping penalty.