WCHA apologizes to St. Cloud State
CHN Staff Report
The WCHA sent a formal letter of apology to St. Cloud State this week, in the aftermath of a goal in last Friday's game against Denver that should not have been allowed.
The text of the apology reads as follows:
"The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, after a further review of the situation, has acknowledged to St. Cloud State University that an error was made on interpretation of a goal that occurred in a game against the University of Denver on Dec. 7 at the National Hockey Center.
"According to NCAA rules, a goal was improperly allowed after a video replay review and should not have counted.
"In acknowledging the error, however, rules do not permit any change in the outcome of a game."
The goal came after Denver winger Kyle Ostrow fell into the net and was behind St. Cloud State goalie Jase Weslosky. As he sat in the net, potentially interfering with Weslosky, Jesse Martin came in and scored.
The play was actually reviewed by referee Randy Schmidt before it was called a goal. But Schmidt never acknowledged the interference on the play.
Denver went on to win the game, 3-2, and sweep the two-game series.
"(The apology) doesn't make you feel better," Huskies coach Bob Motzko said to the St. Cloud Times. "In fact, it probably makes you feel worse. It would probably be easier if they'd just call and say 'We screwed up.' And we move on."