They went to a playoff game in Boisbriand, Que., and filming for Youngblood II broke out on Wednesday.
Donnybrook, rumble, mêlée, gong show, none of those shopworn phrases capture what happened following the final buzzer in Game 4 of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar-Blainville-Boisbriand Armada QMJHL semifinal series. After the horn sounded to make the Armada's series-tying 4-3 win official, it appeared that B-B's Cédric Paquette, who had been crunched heavily into the glass by two Drakkar a few seconds earlier, gave a bye-bye wave to the Drakkar's Raphaël Bussières. Pushes and shoves were exchanged; the Armada players who had streamed off their bench to congratulate winning goalie Étienne Marcoux rushed to stick up for their teammate. So the Drakkar to left their bench and a battle royale broke out. The coaches and training staff were trying to break up fights.
The highlight and/or lowlight was all four goalies fighting: starters Marcoux and Philippe Cadorette of Baie-Comeau and the backups, the Drakkar's Francis Desrosiers and Armada's Guillaume Decelles. It goes without saying there will suspensions forthcoming.
Is the series winner even going to have enough able-bodied and eligible players to ice a full lineup when the QMJHL championship series begins?
Six Drakkar — Bussières, Cadorette, Jérémy Grégoire, Bokondji Imama, Alexandre Ranger and Gabriel Verplaest — could face supplemental discipline from the QMJHL. The Armada's Marcoux, Paquette, Aaron Hoyles and Ryan Tesink also received multiple penalties for fighting at the end of the game.
It might have started with a set-to between Bussières and Paquette, but all coaches and players have to bear some responsibility. The teams combined for 38 penalties in Game 3 the night before. The bad blood carried over, then it boiled over, and the result is shameful.
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