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Sac State in "melee" with Northridge

Sacramento State split its two games during a weekend of hockey at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena.

It also got involved in a full-team “melee” against California State, Northridge after its game on Saturday.

The Hornets started against the West Los Angeles Junior College Oilers on Friday and lost 9-3.

Ian Skewes racked up his first goal for the Hornets. He scored two more goals over the weekend in his debut.

On Saturday, the Hornets took an early lead and held it against the the Northridge Matadors to win 7-6.

The Matadors came within one after trailing 5-2 heading into the third period.

The Hornets’ Cory Schiztel came back and scored two goals to preserve the lead.

The competition was supposed to end there. But when the teams were shaking hands, a confrontation occurred that eventually erupted into a series of fights involving most of both teams.

Jim Copel, head coach of Hornets, said a Matador was assessed a penalty for fighting and will sit out the next game. The Hornets did not receive a fighting penalty.

“It was very rare. I’ve only seen that one other time since I’ve been coaching,” Copel said.

Copel also said the Oilers listed an ineligible player on their roster. If the ineligible player skated Friday, the Oilers may lose the game by default.

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