LONGUEUIL, Quebec -- The coach and a player from a team involved in a brawl-filled junior hockey league game were suspended by the league Thursday.
A total of 23 players were ejected during Halifax's 9-2 victory over Baie-Comeau on Wednesday night. At one point in the third period, all 12 players on the ice, including the goalies, were going at it.
Baie-Comeau's Louis-Philippe Martin was suspended for five games by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and coach Richard Martel was suspended for two games. The team also was fined $1,000.
Martin's suspension was automatic, since he left the penalty box to join the fighting.
Halifax said the Baie-Comeau players started taking cheap shots, but Martel played down the severity of the brawls, saying his team "played with frustration, that's all."
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