BLAINVILLE, Que. -- An ugly, team-wide brawl broke out between Blainville-Boisbriand and Baie-Comeau on Wednesday at the end of Game 4 of their third-round series. Both benches emptied and nearly all the players paired off following the Armada's 4-3 victory that tied the series at two games each.
The team-wide brawl broke out just as the horn sounded to end the game. The benches cleared and soon the ice was littered with sticks, gloves and helmets as almost every member of each team found a fighting partner. The brawl last for several minutes before teams finally headed to the locker rooms.
Nine players received game misconducts, including one for abuse of an official.
Xavier Ouellet completed a hat trick with a tiebreaking goal in the third period for Blainville-Boisbriand.
Game 5 of the series is set for Friday in Baie-Comeau, with Game 6 back in Blainville on Sunday.
Ouellet opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 7:24, but Marcus Hinds tied the game three minutes later with his second of the post-season.
Valentin Zykov put Blainville-Boisbriand back up by one with a goal at 8:30 of the second, but again the Drakkar responded minutes later as Carl Gelinas netted a goal 10:16.
Ouellet made it 3-2 with under five minutes left in the period, but Baie-Comeau's Felix Girard scored early in the third to tie the game once again.
Ouellet got his third at 4:56 and goalie Etienne Marcoux made 10 saves in the final period to preserve the lead. He finished the game with 27 saves on 30 shots.
The Drakkar went 0-for-7 on the power play.