U of Minnesota Duluth National NCAA Hockey Champions
University of Minnesota Duluth won the college hockey national championship Saturday night in a 3-2 overtime victory over Michigan. Ironically the winning goal was scored by the only player on UMD who didn't have his hair bleached, Kyle Schmidt. Earlier in the game the announcers were pointing out that he had won this years unsung hero award. After the game during an interview, it was pointed out he was going to be married this summer. It seems like it was a good season for Kyle Schmidt, but what about the rest of the team? They can't control the calls, but do they feel justified winning after such one sided reffing?
In a post game interview Red Berenson (Coach of UofM) said, “Were they good penalties? I can’t tell you what I really think. I mean, you can’t talk about refereeing and penalties, but when one team gets nine (power plays) and the other four, it doesn’t add up.” Later he added on saying, “We’re not out there to take penalties. So every time a player falls down, it shouldn’t be a penalty, not in NCAA championship hockey.”
The refs for this championship game were from the hockey east league. It would be hard to say they were hometown biased but maybe reffing in the home state of UMD had some effect on them. Bob Bernard (one of the refs), said after the game, “I learned a long time ago that we’re not perfect. You might have a bad period or make a tough call. You have to put it behind you and just stay positive and work hard."