Nick Cousins remembers that day last November, when he sent a long shot into an empty net after the buzzer had sounded, an exclamation point to a game that already was over.

His hands shot up in celebration and he skated into Ryan Rupert, a forward on the opposing team.

Rupert pulled his stick back and swung it like a baseball bat into the stomach of Cousins, who fell to the ice. Rupert tossed his stick up, dropped his gloves, and delivered a couple of punches to the head of Cousins, still facedown on the ice. Benches cleared.

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