Nov 27, 1984
Minnesota - New Jersey2-3

Summary Of Events
1  40:00  Bench-Clearing Brawl    
2  40:00  Fight  Richter-Lever
3  40:00  Fight  Richter-Low

Bench-Clearing Brawl at 40:00
Minnesota PlayersNew Jersey Players
Duration N/A  Dave Richter  Harold Snepsts     Don Lever  Ron Low  Phil Russell   
# Players Involved: N/A
Blood: N/A
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 BattleshipRules
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Jan 23, 2017 17:45 ET
This wasn't an exciting brawl, but there was a good amount of drama. The period ended and a glom of players stepped out at center ice. Goalie Ron Low stepped out and threw a punch at a Minnesota player. Rollie Melanson threw a shot at Mel Bridgman as well. It didn't appear that anything landed with too much effectiveness.

There were a good amount of tense stand-offs and wrestling matches. Willi Plett emerged from the dressing room and went back up in the runway to watch the proceedings. Don Lever found himself in a mismatch against big heavyweight Dave Richter. Richter landed a couple of solid rights and hauled Lever to the ice. The refs tried to break up the fight.

The game announcers pointed out what a mismatch the Lever-Richter bout was. They also recognized that Richter was able to get some extra shots in because the linesmen screwed up in breaking up the contest. An official grabbed Dave's right arm and Richter had his potent left hand free to land effective shots.

Things wound down after the fight was broken up. Old battle-horses Harold Snepsts and Phil Russell had a tense stand-off. Paul Holmgren and Mel Bridgman were glowering at each other at one point. Plett peered in from the runway and he didn't look amused. Finally, order was restored and the players went into the dressing room to regroup and prepare for the third period.

This was an average brawl at best. The Richter-Lever fight was a gross mismatch. Low and Melanson decided to throw punches at position players. It didn't appear either man faced much in terms of return fire. There were some tense stand-offs from brawl veterans and Willi Plett was taking numbers in case he needed to get some payback later.
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fightguy42
Jan 23, 2017 14:49 ET
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Fight at 40:00
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Dave Richter 6'5'' 6215lb 30N/AN/AN/AN/A
 Don Lever 5'11'' 6185lb 30N/AN/AN/A
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Jan 23, 2017 17:54 ET
Dave Richter clear win Fun 
5
This was the only real fight of the bench clearing brawl at the end of the second period. Lever was the loser in the game of "musical chairs." He found himself squared off with top heavyweight Dave Richter. Richter landed a partially-connecting left. Don missed a blow. Dave landed two solid rights and hauled Lever to the ice.

The players continued to grapple. Lever had gotten on top of Richter, but he wasn't able to capitalize. An official grabbed Don and Richter got the upper hand again. Another zebra grabbed Dave's right arm. That was no problem for Richter as he had a booming left. Dave landed a light blow and missed a shot. He landed a partial connect and an average blow. He landed a solid shot and a partial connect. Lever tackled the official in an attempt to get at Richter.

The refs continued to separate the men. Lever was livid and kept trying to go after Richter. This wasn't for show. He was ripping at the fact that the officials had kept him from continuing the scrap against the heavyweight.

I rate this as a clear win for Richter. He landed a couple of solid rights in the fair portion of the contest. He landed some additional blows after the fact. The refs did Lever no favors in this one. One official pulled Don off Richter on the ice and another one grabbed Dave's less dominant arm.
 srehm1
357 fight reviews

Jul 2, 2008 21:52 ET
Dave Richter clear win Fun 
4
Right at center ice during a brawl between Minnesota and New Jersey, Richter and Lever go at it. A linesman is in between them at first until Richter blasts Lever with a sucker punch and the linesman lets them go. Lever fires one shot and Richter fires a few lefts as Lever goes down. Richter gets nasty and fires a few while Lever is down. Since the other linesman is preoccupied, Lever has a chance to get back to his feet, but Richter sneaks in a few shots. Even after the other linesman gets in there he can't get a good hold of Richter and he lands a few more lefts.

Clear win for Richter against an overmatched Donnie Lever.
zolika
1896 fight reviews
74 fight logs

May 12, 2007 09:41 ET
Dave Richter narrow win Fun 
3
Not a long fight, it happened during the brawl. Richter threw more, he landed on top and he continue to throw more, when Lever was down.


Fight at 40:00
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Dave Richter 6'5'' 4215lb 10N/AN/AN/AN/A
 Ron Low 6'1'' 4205lb 10N/AN/AN/A
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BattleshipRules
Jan 23, 2017 17:55 ET
I'm not sure if it was Richter who Low took a swing at. The game announcers seemed to think it was Dirty Harry Snepsts.Reply
racersno5clackson
Aug 29 19:43 ET
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I'm not sure if it was Richter who Low took a swing at. The game announcers seemed to think it was Dirty Harry Snepsts.
Yup, it was Harry. And it seems that it was Snepsts who was the instigator of the trouble at the end of the period.

The following is from The Daily Record (Morristown, New Jersey), 28 Nov, 1984:

"Late in the second period, Harold Snepsts skated through (Ron) Low's crease and kicked at the goalie's legs.
'Yeah, I clipped him,' Snepsts admitted.
So when the period ended, the verbal confrontation that occurred from bench to crease lost its demilitarized zone.
'I told him, 'I'd get him,' Low said. 'So after the buzzer, he skated over and was waving me to come on.'
Low snapped. He hit Snepsts with his blocker pad and they wrestled to the ice. Minnesota's Dave Richter jumped in, Don Lever grabbed Richter, and a sea of green, gold, red and white flooded one blue line and spilled to center ice.
As bench clearers go, this was placid. Lever-Richter was a sorry main event. Snepsts-Phil Russell a disappointing undercard and Brent Ashton-Bob Lorimer a two-step that would have been tossed out of Roseland.
And Low?
'I was getting claustrophobic at the bottom of the pile,' he said.
'That was the scariest thing I ever saw. Richter got a solid 10 shots in on me, but Donnie got Richter. Donnie bailed me out of the bottom of that pile.
'It was certainly a bad play, the way it happened. A stupid play on my part. But there's just so much you can take.' "
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