Unionville beats up opponent on ice and in crowd

Senior forward John Kumpf recorded two goals on the night to give him eight in six games. (Candice Monhollan)

Senior forward John Kumpf recorded two goals on the night to give him eight in five games. (Candice Monhollan)

WEST GOSHEN — It should have been a night where the Unionville Indians (4-0-1) could celebrate a 10-0 whopping of the Great Valley Patriots (0-3-0), but instead, all the attention will probably focus on the fight which broke out in the stands Friday night.

The Unionville ice hockey team has been trying to push students to come out and support the team when they play and each week, the attendance has risen until Friday night when it seemed over 1o0 students crammed into half of the bleachers at IceLine and pushed all the parents to the other side.

Sure, they were rowdy to start with, booing anyone walking into the rink who happened to be wearing Great Valley’s colors and standing the entire time to block the view of some parents. But none of it was harmful.

They began to get louder and louder as the game wore on, using the typical “You suck!” and “It’s all over!” chants, even when there was no score early on.

On the ice, it was a fast-paced, high intensity game from Unionville, forcing Great Valley to ice the puck four times in the first nine minutes of the opening frame, but they were able to withstand the pressure from the Indians by clearing away rebounds and tying up sticks.

But on one of those attempted clears, senior defenseman Bryan Aiken intercepted the puck and released a slap shot from the blue line and beat junior goaltender Andrew Ungvary for a 1-0 lead at 11:43 of the first.

The second period opened the floodgates for Unionville.

Just 2:59 in, sophomore forward Danny Hargadon got the puck through on a tough-angle shot from the left side. Sophomore defenseman Parker Wine added one of his own 14 seconds later.

Two more goals eight seconds apart from, one short-handed from senior forward Quinten Curtis and another from Wine on the power play, extended Unionville’s lead to 5-0 just halfway through the game.

Another power-play tally from leading goal scorer and senior forward John Kumpf sent the students in attendance into a craze with 3:41 left in the second.

Then everything turned out of control. Students were now filling up all the space on their half of the rink and completely blocking all views of the left side of the ice when all of the sudden, there was a commotion.

It wasn’t the normal cheers and jeers and instead, the students started forming a circle indicative of a fight and parents became concerned and all attention was lost on the game.

Phones could be seen held by students above the crowd to record what was going on expletives could be heard from the mass.

Suddenly, the mob of students were chanting they refused to leave the game.

It was so bad that everything on the ice had to be halted as well.

It took almost 10 minutes for security and even a uniformed officer to remove over half of the students out of the rink amidst their protests while parents looked on in horror and disgust at the outbreak.

After the game, a security guard at IceLine said regarding the incident that another guard was attempting to have a student removed from the rink when another student jumped him and started throwing punches, causing the unsafe scene to break out.

After the majority of the students were gone, the game was able to resume and the parents could relax.

The Indians added four more goals in the third from Kumpf, senior forward Nicholas Ward, senior forward Zachary Lyons and senior defenseman Courtney McLaughlin scored with 4:49 left in the game for the 10-0 shutout which kicked in the mercy rule and ended the game.

Despite the unruly mob, Unionville’s win keeps them at the top of the Ches-Mont division of the ICSHL and they show no signs of slowing down.

“We’ve got a mission this year,” said head coach Bill Hammond. “It’s something we’re not talking about. We’re just going to take every night that we play one game at a time because we can’t look ahead to any certain opponent. We’ve got to worry about the team that is out here.”

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