Barch slashes O'Brien's stick, knocking it out of his hands and O'Brien skates over to Barch right after the whistle blows to halt play. They drop the gloves and immediately grab ahold of one another. They each throw an overhand right while spinning around. O'Brien lands a short right inside, knocking O'Brien partially off-balance and preventing him from connecting with a right. O'Brien throws two more rights and Barch adds one of his own just before they lose their balance and fall to the ice. Other Penalties: Barch received a slashing.
An interesting fight to call. I don't see very well Barch for the winner. It is a draw or win for O'Brien in my paper. O'Brien landed one or two. He missed his last punch and at the same time he bailed down as Barch gets his hand free. Barch missed too his punch. If O'Brien did have landed his long one, i would give a win for him. Barch's problem was it as he didn't land a punch. He gets top of him. O'Brien did a coward move in the end, which i didn't like. A draw.
As usual, O'Brien gets his early shots in & then falls down before his opponent, in this case Barch, has a chance to do any damage. I equate that tactic to throwing in the towel, so I give the edge to Barch.
I give it to the kid for going the distance instead of taking a couple shots and diving.