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Hockey Fans Brutally Beat Off-Duty Cop After Winter Classic

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - Following the New York Rangers' thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2012 Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, a group of Philadelphia fans took their anger out by attacking a couple of New York supporters outside of a famous cheesesteak shop, Geno's, just a few miles from the ballpark.

The video released by the Philadelphia Police Department, shows three men in Flyers jerseys brutally beating two men. According to the New York Daily News, one of the victims is a police officer from Woodbridge, N.J. and the other is his son.

NBCNewYork.com identified one of the victim as Neal Auricchio, a former Marine a current cop. He was hospitalized and received stitches.

Woodbridge Township spokesman John Hagerty told ESPNNewYork.com that Auricchio has been released and is "doing well."

On Wednesday, the police department issued a statement on the assault and said they're seeking help in finding the suspects:

On January 2, 2012, at 7:15pm, three unknown males wearing Philadelphia Flyers Jerseys assaulted two males while at Geno's Steaks located at 1200 South 9th Street. The assault began after the Winter Classic hockey event and the male victims were wearing New York Rangers jerseys. During the altercation one of the victims were seriously injured.

According to Broad Street Hockey, police in Philadelphia may have actually happened upon a major lead in the case on Wednesday when one of the alleged attackers revealed on Facebook that he took part in the beating, even bragging about it.

"It was me and my friends, do something about it," Edward Neary bragged, per the Daily News. "How dumb do I look knocking someone out pretty sure they look dumb eatin concrete." According to the News report, Neary later backed off his comments.

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