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January 12, 2008 E-MAIL PRINT Bookmark and Share

Disallowed Wisconsin Goal Gives Denver the Win

CHN Staff Report

Denver was again on the positive end of a video review controversy Friday night, hanging on for a 3-2 win when a Wisconsin goal in the waning moments was disallowed.

The play, a shot by Matthew Ford coming off a faceoff to the left of Denver goalie Peter Mannino, was originally called a goal by the referees on the ice. However, after a check of the video replay, the referees reversed the decision.

Looking at video replay of the even off the Fox Sports Rocky Mountain feed, it appears (see video on right) that the red light came on (indicating a goal) prior to the green light (indicating the end of the period). The video also shows 0.3 seconds left on the clock — however, that is not necessarily indicative of the proper time. However, the green light/red light should be a correct differentiation.

That notwithstanding, Badgers coaches were also upset after the game because the officials twice did not stop the clock in time in the final minute of play.

Once Denver iced the puck, and the clock didn't stop right away. Referee Randy Schmidt put 28.8 seconds back on the clock, but then one-tenth of a second clicked off before the faceoff.

Later, after another icing, Schmidt had to put one second back on the scoreboard, setting the time at 3.7 seconds just before the final play.

"Why is it that twice in a game, their people can't hear the whistle to stop the clock when it should be stopped?" Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said to the Capital Times. "We've got a real issue here in this building."

Schmidt is the same official that was embroiled in a controversy when Denver played St. Cloud State earlier this season. In that game, a Denver goal was allowed to stand despite video evidence that there was goaltender interference on the play. Denver won that game by one goal. Later, the WCHA office wrote an official letter of apology to St. Cloud State.

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