"Sir, I distinctly ordered my grits on the side."
Worcester Shark Mike Moore and Islanders fan cult favorite Micheal Haley have a history. That history added two more chapters Sunday -- one chapter that is tacitly embraced (albeit still "illegal") in North American hockey leagues and one that is frowned upon and punishable by suspension.
UPDATE: They've been suspended three games.
Sharkspage describes things in Worcester's win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers:
The Worcester Sharks were bloodied, both literally and figuratively, early in the contest but stormed back with four second period goals en route to a 5-2 win [...]
... Haley jumped Worcester captain Mike Moore from behind, and in the ensuing battle bloodied Moore’s nose. Haley got an extra minor out of the deal and headed to the penalty box to serve his seven minutes. Moore went off to the WorSharks locker room for repairs and then into the sin bin to serve his remaining time, but with no stoppage in play between the end of Moore’s major and Haley’s extra time both players left the box at the same time. Despite repeated warnings to the linesmen from both penalty box attendants Moore and Haley went right back at it with Moore getting the better of the second battle. Both were given fighting majors and game misconducts, and face potential six game suspensions for fighting while leaving the penalty boxes.
Uh oh. Sound Tigers beatwriter Michael Fornabaio -- whose game story for CTPost.com is here, and quotes Haley saying, "That's hockey" here -- tweets that the misconducts and potential suspensions fall under rule 70.4.