When Minnesota Duluth and Michigan Tech left the ice after two periods Saturday at MacInnes Student Ice Arena, Huskies winger Tyler Gubb had been assessed a boarding minor. His hit from behind on UMD’s David Grun came at the end of the period.
The penalty was explained to both coaches and official stats handed to both coaches in their locker rooms reflected a two-minute penalty.
When the teams returned for the third period, referees Peter Friesema and Max Battimo informed both teams that Gubb’s penalty was now a checking-from-behind five-minute major penalty.
Michigan Tech coach Jamie Russell said after the game he thought the officials were joking, honestly joking. It was no joke. They had changed their minds on the call. Russell said he’d never seen a penalty changed between periods, but it happened in Houghton, Mich.
The Huskies were able to kill the major, yet were held scoreless in a 3-0 loss to UMD in extending their winless streak to 20 games at 0-18-2. Michigan Tech is home with Wisconsin this weekend, while UMD is idle.
Western College Hockey takes a look a Western Collegiate Hockey Association and Central Collegiate Hockey Association results from last weekend here.
A Tuesday Bracketology from the Without a Peer RPI Blog is here.
Denver leads the WCHA with six weeks left in the regular season. Yet the focus for the Pioneers isn’t the MacNaughton Cup, but a return to NCAA success, says Mike Chambers of the Denver Post in talking with coach George Gwozdecky on the subject here.
Penn State, which will begin men’s and women’s varsity hockey in 2012-13, has officially named its soon-to-be-built $88 million rink in honor of donors Terry and Kim Pegula. The Pegula Ice Arena is expected to open in late 2013. A release from Penn State is here.