Charges possible in January girls hockey meleeThe Moose Lake city attorney is reviewing police reports to determine whether criminal charges will be filed against any of the girls hockey players involved in a brawl during a January game between Moose Lake-Willow River and International Falls.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
The Moose Lake city attorney is reviewing police reports to determine whether criminal charges will be filed against any of the girls hockey players involved in a brawl during a January game between Moose Lake-Willow River and International Falls.
Moose Lake police have finished their investigation and according to Dale Heaton, Moose Lake police chief, there are several “good witnesses.” He has not heard back from police in International Falls, who were also going to investigate.
Heaton sent his reports to Marguerite Doran, Moose Lake city attorney, on Feb. 20. Doran said she could know by late this week whether any charges will be filed.
The incident came in the last seconds of the hockey game as International Falls players met ML-WR players at the International Falls net while vying for a loose puck.
“I think [ML-WR] was trying to put one in at the end and there was some sort of altercation with alleged punches thrown,” said Heaton.
No penalties were called during the fracas.
Kim Ergen, a 15-year-old Moose Lake sophomore player, was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital and Health Care Center and then flown to a Duluth hospital. Medical personnel were worried she might have a neck injury and she also experienced temporary numbness in her legs and feet.
Tests showed she did not have a neck injury and although she has a concussion, she is expected to make a full recovery, according to Joe Mohelsky, Moose Lake-Willow River girls hockey coach.
International Falls girls hockey coach Bruce Elson admitted after the game that one of his players “threw a punch.”
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