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NJ man to be tried for assault on 2 NY fans after Rangers-Flyers Winter Classic in Philly

PHILADELPHIA - A man accused of beating two New York Rangers fans in a brawl after the NHL Winter Classic in Philadelphia will be tried on assault charges.

A judge ordered 32-year-old Glassboro, N.J., resident Dennis Veteri to stand trial following a preliminary hearing on Thursday in Philadelphia.

The fight occurred outside a cheesesteak stand after the Jan. 2 game between the Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/GH8K7A ) reports the victims testified Veteri was in a group of Flyers fans who taunted and assaulted them as they waited for sandwiches.

One victim was an off-duty policeman from Woodbridge, N.J. He was beaten unconscious.

Veteri's attorney has said the case is a fistfight that's being blown out of proportion.

The Winter Classic drew 47,000 fans to Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park. The Rangers beat the Flyers 3-2.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com

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