It took a couple of weeks, but the National Lacrosse League has taken action concerning the bench-clearing brawl (a cliche, I know, but appropriate) between the Bandits and Toronto two weeks ago in a scrimmage in Six Nations, Ontario.
A total of 32 players were disciplined. That's a lot.
Here's the list, from the league's news release:
Buffalo – Joe Smith*, Brett Bucktooth (2), Chris Corbeil, Jason Crosbie*, Chad Culp, Tom Montour, Holden Vyse*.
Toronto – Tim O’Brien, Ryan Dilks*, Jeff Gilbert, Stephen Hoar, Stephan Leblanc, Rob Marshall, Brice Queener*
Game Misconduct & Fine (for leaving bench):
Buffalo – Elijah Printup*, Kyle Schmelze*, Steve Priolo, Wayne VanEvery*, Travis Irving, Ian Llord, Isiah Kicksnoway*, Brandon Francis, Jeff Powless
Toronto—Blaine Manning, Pat Saunders, Geoff McNulty*, Damon Edwards*, Kyle Ross, Glen Bryan*, Mike Hobbins
Buffalo – Rusty Kruger*
Toronto-- Pat Campbell
*denotes players not on team’s current 23-man active roster
Boil it down from a Buffalo perspective, and no one on the active roster will miss any time in the regular season.
The teams had played a rough game until everything broke loose in the third quarter. All 12 men on the floor became involved, and then a couple of players jumped off the bench and were followed by all their teammates. The referees just sent everyone home after a while, choosing not to finish the game.
If this had happened at a Sabres' preseason game, it would have started a conversation that lasted a month. We'll see if there's carryover in this case to the regular season.
-- Budd Bailey