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I sure hope the NCHC gets better officials than the WCHA

Peter

I just finished re-watching the first two periods of the DU-UND Hockey game and I have to say the WCHA officials were horrible but that has not been unusual this year. The new National Collegiate Hockey Conference better get better officials because that league will certainly deserve it. The 5-minute game misconduct penalty on Tabrum for the University of Denver in the first period was a bad call. The North Dakota player turned his back just as he was getting hit. It may have been a 2-minute penalty, but certainly not a 5-minute game misconduct.

The most outrageous call of the night was the 5-min major game misconduct to Joey LaLeggia. After Mayfield scored a beautiful goal to put DU up 4-2, LaLeggia was going to celebrate with Mayfield and Ben Blood hits him across the head. LaLeggia pushes back into his chest and then face washes him. The official ruled that LaLeggia jumped up and head-butted Blood.

First of all, Blood should have been gone for a hit to the head. Second, LaLeggia is about 6 inches shorter than Blood. Third, he never jumped up at all. You can look at the replay.

There were some other missed calls that the Western Conference Hockey Association needs to look at. These officials should be shamed of themselves and have to apologize to the University of Denver and to all fans in attendance. There performance was just unacceptable.

At least Denver beat UND 5-3 to stay in third place of the WCHA.