03/22/2016 15:17 EDT | Updated 03/23/2017 01:12 EDT

Melee erupts at P.E.I rink after linesman taunts, attacks hockey player: coach

HALIFAX — A minor hockey coach in Halifax says he and three of his players have been suspended indefinitely after a linesman in P.E.I. taunted his team during a recent game and later attacked one of his players on the bench.

Mark Whidden, who coaches the Midget C Chebucto Chill, says the team was competing in Cornwall, P.E.I., on Feb. 20 when the Chill received a series of penalties in the first period.

Whidden says one of the two linesmen was standing next to the Halifax team's bench when he made a series of sarcastic comments about the team's play.

The coach says when one player told the linesman to "shut up," the linesman lunged across the boards, pushed his helmet against the player's face mask and swore.

Whidden says when the player pushed back, scratching the linesman's face shield, the linesman attacked the player and was immediately struck by two other players, one of whom placed the official in a headlock.

A spokesman for Hockey Nova Scotia has confirmed the indefinite suspensions, saying the association will decide what further action to take once the RCMP in P.E.I. have completed their investigation.

The Canadian Press