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Pro hockey: Privateers’ fight night goes viral

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The Watertown Privateers are arguably the hottest team in the Federal Hockey League with five consecutive victories and are drawing national attention. But it’s not because of their play on the ice.

Watertown’s brawl with the Danville Dashers on Saturday night has piqued the interest of websites around the country as footage of the 10-plus minute melee has been posted by Yahoo Sports and CBSSports.com.

Video of the Privateers’ game, including the extracurricular activity on Saturday, can be viewed on the Watertown Daily Times website at www.watertowndailytimes.com/#videonews and at http://wdt.me/hNamKq.

With Watertown leading 3-1 early in the third period, a Privateers player leveled a hit on a Dashers player in the corner. Soon after, Dashers goalie Nick Niedert sparked the brawl when he ranged out of his net to throw a body check on a Privateers player behind the Danville goal at 7:08 into the third.

A full-scale donnybrook erupted as Niedert and all 10 position players on the ice took part in fights — with nine of them receiving game misconducts.

A total of 154 penalty minutes were distributed, including game misconducts to Danville’s Jamie Zalewski, Dustin Henning, Ryan Huggett, Justin Barr and James Robbins, who left the bench to join the fray, as well as Watertown’s Dustin Skinner, Jeff Dill, Colby Spooner and Liam Tully — who were all ejected from the game.

Neidert wasn’t assessed a game misconduct, but received a major for fighting and a roughing penalty, which placed the Privateers on a power play.

With multiple scrums breaking out all over the ice, tempers also flared on the benches as a minor scrape erupted between Watertown coach Brad Zangs and the Danville coach.

In all, the game included 170 penalty minutes — 87 minutes were assessed to Danville and 83 to Watertown. It took referees nearly seven minutes to sort out penalties.

As a result, the Privateers played the final 12:58 of the game with just one skater on its bench, as well as its backup goalie for the night.

The Privateers went on to defeat Danville, 6-2, to post their seventh win in their past eight games.

Privateers vs. Danbury match (fight starts at 1:31)
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