Action Sports Spotlight - BSens-Syracuse Rivalry

By Justin Horowitz

July 20, 2010 Updated Jul 20, 2010 at 3:29 PM EDT

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (WBNG) - It was a scene straight out of the old movie Slap Shot.

Saturday night's 38-player melee between the B-Sens and Syracuse saw six skaters ejected, 106 penalty minutes assessed and served as the latest chapter in the heated rivalry between the I-81 rivals.

"Syracuse is an hour away and it's been a rivalry every year so I think it just keeps going," says B-Sens captain Denis Hamel.

"A lot of fans from there are here and vice versa, when we go up there our fans are there, but it's been built over the years," says first-year Sens head coach Don Nachbaur. "It surely didn't start this year as far as I can tell."

The Sen at the center of almost every Binghamton-Syracuse battle the past two seasons is enforcer Jeremy Yablonski.

Saturday was no different as Yabo went right after the fight's instigator, Crunch goalie Kevin Lalande.

But unlike many other rounds of the series, Yablonski was not allowed to fight his cousin and Crunch tough guy, Jon Mirasty.

"I don't know why they wouldn't let us go, it's kind of a joke to me," says Yablonski. "But, it happened before last year if you remember in a game, everything got crazy and they let me and Mirasty fight. All of sudden, everybody watched the fight and the scrum was over. There was no problems."

Saturday night there were plenty of problems.

Yablonski was given double game-misconduct penalties that could see him hit with a lengthy suspension.

But as a true enforcer, Yabo says he wouldn't change a thing.

"It is what it is, what happened happened and I'm going to go out there and not let players take liberties on my teammates and they're not just going to throw me off the ice and think it's going to help the problem," says Yablonski. "Things would've escalated worse if I wasn't out there."

Syracuse goalie Kevin Lalande was hit with a two-game suspension today.

The B-Sens and Crunch play three more times this season including the Mirabito Outdoor Classic in February at the State Fairgrounds.

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