Videoclip via the Hershey Bears YouTube page

It was a milestone night in Hershey on Saturday. Keith Aucoin registered his 700th career AHL point, Brian Willsie scored his career-high 30th goal of the season and Dmitry Orlov tallied his first career goal at Giant Center. The Bears went on to defeat the Albany Devils 7-4 in front of a sold-out crowd. With the win, Hershey clinched a playoff spot and earned the right to defend their back-to-back Calder Cup Championships.

The most fascinating part of the evening, however, was the line-brawl that was ignited after Brian Willsie scored against the Devils’ fourth line. As the five Bears on the ice went to congratulate each other, Albany tough-guy Chris Murray gave Mathieu Perreault a shove. The feisty, 174 lb. Perreault responded with a flurry of punches and Hershey’s entire line engaged Murray. Pierre-Luc Leblond — yes, the same guy who was suspended earlier in the year for jumping Marcus Johansson — then came to his teammate’s aid, charging towards the pile of Bears as if he were a bowling ball looking for a strike. Mayhem ensued thereafter, as everyone on the ice squared off except for the goalies.

All in all, 34 penalty minutes were doled-out between the two teams, including 14 PIM’s to Leblond and 12 PIM’s to Louis Robitaille. The Bears swept the contentious and brutal season series with Albany, 6-0-0.  Below the jump, Sweetest Hockey On Earth‘s Kyle M. has shared his photos of the brawl.

Photos by Kyle M. (Click to enlarge)

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  • http://hersheybearshockey.blogspot.com Greg

    The goaltenders almost went at it. Frazee got into the middle of it before the ref pulled him out and Schaefer had started down but stopped at about the blue line when Frazee returned to the crease.

    If only Braden had been there!

  • K4

    The zamboni looked an awful lot like Matty P.

  • Avtopilot

    MP is an instigator :-)))

  • http://capslove.wordpress.com Dazey2

    Yay! I love Brian Willsie! Way to score!

    Also, my roommate’s boyfriend thought that Matti P. was initially taken out of the Caps’ lineup because he didn’t fight back against the Pens when Mike Green was re-injured from the puck to the head. I’m not sure that I believe this theory, but either way, this post is a definite answer to the question of whether Perrault can/will initiate a fight.

  • Rockin’ The Red in VA

    It’s too bad Souray wasn’t on the ice for this one! Some of the Albany guys might be missing a tooth or two. Anyways, way to go Matty P, your fans in DC are proud of you.

    I will be attending my first Bears game, April 9th against the Baby Pens. Can’t wait1

  • Aaron

    I hope someone taught Murray a lesson later in that game – a line brawl is one thing but you shouldn’t let him get away with taking it up a notch like he did.