Teams run out of players before time runs out

Updated: December 29, 2003, 8:04 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Josh Langfeld had a goal and two assists to lead Binghamton to a 5-1 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday in an AHL game that was ended early because the teams didn't have enough players left after four late-game brawls.

A combined total of 379 penalty minutes was assessed to the teams. Philadelphia was assessed a franchise-record 210 minutes.

Binghamton was leading the contest 4-1 when the first fight began with 3:50 left in the game. Senators goalie Ray Emery and Philadelphia's Mike Peluso began a skirmish in front of the net that eventually involved all the players on the ice. Phantoms goalie Neil Little skated the length of the ice and dove into a pile of players in front of the Senators' net.

Water bottles were flung between the team benches before order seemingly was restored.

The teams battled again seven seconds later. Senators backup goalie Billy Thompson received a game misconduct.

A third melee ensued with 3:06 left, resulting in more game misconducts that left just two players on the Binghamton bench and one for Philadelphia.

The final fracas occurred with eight seconds remaining and resulted in referee Gordon Dwyer ending the game because not enough players remained for each team.

After the game, players called the fights a "team-bonding" experience.

"Things got heated, and we stood up for each other," Philadelphia coach John Stevens said. "It's a division rivalry."

As for the game itself, Denis Hamel, Alexandre Giroux and Serge Payer had a goal and an assist apiece for Binghamton (14-13-3-2). Brian McGrattan also scored. Emery made 21 saves.

Mike Siklenka had the lone goal for Philadelphia (18-12-4-1). Little stopped 20 shots.

Emery said the fights reminded him of playing junior hockey.

"It was fun. It's not too often you have a 5-1 game and the fans stay to the end," he said.

The Phantoms are an AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers. Coincidentally, after the game, the Flyers Alumni team played a postgame charity event that featured some players from their famed "Broad Street Bullies" era of the mid-1970s.


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