Police Investigating Brawl at HS Hockey Playoffs

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Police in Montgomery County are looking into a series of fights that erupted on the ice during a high school hockey game.

A video, which contains adult language, was shot during the third period of Thursday's Flyers Cup Class 2A quarterfinal game at Hatfield Ice between Central Bucks West and Ridley High Schools. It showed players from both teams engaged in numerous fights as the officials tried to break them apart. Fans jeered and shouted from the stands, where pushing and shoving were observed, the Delaware County Daily Times reported.

The newspaper reported that Hatfield Township police were called to the scene and were investigating. Ridley vs cv west pic.twitter.com/9yVGgfHmn5 -- Jason Peters (@jasonp014) March 10, 2017

Ridley forfeited the game, giving West, which was leading, 7-1, the victory.

"It wasn't your standard hockey infraction," Bob Philipps, a West parent, told the Bucks County Courier Times on Monday. "I still can't find the words to describe what happened that night on the ice."

Philipps said his son Shawn, the West captain, was treated at a hospital for a fractured nose and a cut around his left eye that needed five stitches.

Another teammate suffered a concussion, Philipps told the paper.This is DISGUSTING @ Ridley. Police Launch Investigation After School Hockey Game Ends With On-Ice Brawl https://t.co/lYn1s3WdfWβ€” Mike Miller (@iM_ILLer) March 11, 2017

West defeats Ridley 7-1. West played well and hard and clean. It's unfortunate that we had to be part of the end of that game. We move on.β€” CB West Ice Hockey (@buckspucks) March 10, 2017

On Friday, Ridley hockey club president Mike Dolan apologized in a statement to the West team, coaches, and parents, and the Ridley community. He said the team had taken steps to make sure nothing like it would happen again.

"The Ridley hockey program views the actions of some of our players in the hockey game against Central Bucks West last night as 'indefensible,' " Dolan said. "We are disgusted and appalled with the decisions of our players, and in no way condone their actions."

No word was available from police on whether criminal charges would be filed.

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