Fight between players and fans breaks out at N.B. junior hockey game

Police broke up a fight between players and fans at junior league hockey game in New Brunswick on Saturday.

Sgt. Steve Wilson says Saint John Police put "special attention" on the semifinal matchup between the local Southern Sting and the Grand Lake Moose at the Lord Beaverbrook Rink.

Wilson says up to 1,000 people were in the stands when a brawl erupted between players and fans.

He says police dispersed the crowd and restored calm until the teams parted ways.

Wilson says police are investigating a reported assault, but no charges have been laid.

In a Facebook post Sunday, the Southern Sting team says that the scuffle was beyond the its control, but they have hired security and will check people at the door for all remaining games.

The team urged people to celebrate the hometown victory and not to be distracted by the "actions of one player and a few fans."

The Southern Sting will compete in the New Brunswick Junior Hockey League finals after beating the Grand Lake Moose 4-2.