A pitched brawl that prematurely ended a Friday night faceoff between Southern California has not only cost the teams that game; it has forced the forfeiture of another game, as well.
As reported by the Riverside Press Enterprise, among other sources, Riverside Notre Dame and Santa Fe Springs St. Paul were both forced to forfeit their Friday night contest after the game was suspended roughly halfway through the third period because a fight broke out between the teams with players from both squads leaving the bench to join in the fray. The game was stopped with St. Paul holding a 17-0 lead, but was eventually ruled a forfeit for both teams, with the emptied benches also bringing a mandatory one-game suspension for any player joining the farrago.
With most of the rosters for both teams ineligible to compete in their next game, both teams were forced to forfeit the contests.
Now, with little room for appeal, both teams have no option but to move forward and deal with the consequences.
“It’s unfortunate that these events occurred,” Notre Dame coach Derrick Johnson told the Press Enterprise. “There is no place for it. We will grow from this.”