A charity hockey match between New York City firefighters and police officers devolved into a brawl on the ice on Sunday, according to videos and photographs posted online and a local newspaper.
Hockey sticks, gloves and helmets littered the ice at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, about 30 miles east of New York City, as players from both teams grappled with one another for several minutes as the crowd roared their encouragement in videos posted on YouTube and Instagram.
Beyond the usually good-natured rivalry between the two departments, it was not clear what triggered the brawl, which took place in the second period of the match as the teams were tied 3-3, according to Newsday.
Tempers were eventually calmed, and the New York Police Department went on to win 8-5.
Fire department officials declined to discuss the brawl, and police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The police department's hockey team did, however, make a brief statement on its Facebook page Sunday evening about the outcome of the game: "NYPD Victory!!" the Los Angeles Times reported.
Before the game, according to the Los Angeles Times, an advertisement for the game on the fire department hockey team's website accurately promised that the teams would "battle it out" on the ice.
Reuters and Los Angeles Times contributed.