November 2nd, 2012 at 7:34 PM ^

Last year, the refs did a terrible job of officiating this game and let the game get way too physical. I except to botch the officiating in a different way tonight.


November 2nd, 2012 at 8:57 PM ^

It's not Racine's fault if we keep having a parade to the penalty box. From the descriptions from the MHN twitter feed, our defense is breaking down and NMU is scoring pretty goals Racine can't get to.

Sac Fly

November 2nd, 2012 at 8:59 PM ^

Northern came to play like they always do and if Michigan can't match that intensity they blow the doors off us. We can still score 3 goals on this team, they aren't that good.


November 2nd, 2012 at 9:06 PM ^

Im at the game, a couple of the penalties were pretty iffy. I thinkthe refs are trying to keep things in check and over doing it.Still time to makea comeback.


November 3rd, 2012 at 12:32 AM ^

Sounds angering... Except unsupported by facts. Shawn Hunwick just explicitly tweeted that he punched the guy in question in the face last year (look up the tweet, it's outstanding). And while Red vacillated a bit tonight, his quotes on do suggest that he's okay with them ejecting guys for those kinds of hits.

MHNet tweeted that the hit was the hardest he has seen since Ortneyer against St. Cloud in the Molly game, and that he had no problem with the penalty. In fact, he called the ejection on his liveblog before the penalty was even announced. I'm going to follow him on this one.


November 2nd, 2012 at 9:57 PM ^

it's probably not an NHL penalty, a few years ago.  Nowadays, it's probably something anywhere.  Especially in the CCHA, if someone goes down that hard, somebody's sitting the next game, almost guaranteed.  You just can't do that, anymore.


November 2nd, 2012 at 10:08 PM ^

but anytime someone gets knocked out that bad, you  know something is going to be called, almost certainly a major.  I wouldn't have had a problem if they had left it at a misconduct.  Unless it's way worse than people we're describing it though, a DQ is too much.  Especially given Trouba is 4 inches taller than the guy he hit.  Hopefully the conference agrees at least to an extent and doesn't add anything more to it.

Unless I'm wrong.  If it was dirty, throw the book at him.  It just doesn't sound like it was.


November 2nd, 2012 at 10:17 PM ^

They must have seen something to give the DQ instead of the game misconduct. For reference, this is the NCAA rule on head contact, which is fairly different than the NHL rule:

Contact to the Head
SECTION 8. A player shall not target and make contact with an opposing
player’s head or neck area in any manner (including, but not limited to, with
the shoulder, stick, elbow, etc.).
PENALTY—Major and game misconduct or disqualification at the
discretion of the referee.
The committee reminds coaches and players that the responsibility
remains with the player making the hit to avoid contact with the head and
neck area of an opposing player.
Any contact which directly targets the player’s head and neck area must be
penalized with a major penalty and a game misconduct or disqualification.
A player delivering a check to an unsuspecting and vulnerable player puts
themselves in jeopardy of being penalized under this rule.
Officials are to pay particular attention to these examples when applying
this rule. These are intended as guidance and include, but are not limited
to, the following:
• A player that has just released a shot or pass;
• A player that delivers a late hit;
• A player that extends and directs the arm, elbow, forearm or shoulder
to contact the head and neck area of the opponent;
• A player that extends the body and targets the opponent’s head or
neck area;
• A player that leaves their skates or launches in order to deliver a blow
to the head or neck area of the opposing player; and
• A player that uses the stick in any way to target the head or neck area
(e.g., cross checking, butt-ending, etc.).
As additional guidance, when the initial force of the contact is a shoulder
to the body of the opponent and then slides up to the head or neck area,
this is not classified as contact to the head. This type of action may still
be penalized, at the referee’s discretion, as another penalty (e.g., charging,
roughing, etc.).