Gophers Beat Huskies on Controversial Non-call

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Gophers Beat Huskies on Controversial Non-call


Gophers Beat Huskies on Controversial Non-call


Saturday night in Saint Cloud, Minnesota Gophers forward Sammie Walker scored the game-winning goal against the St. Cloud State Huskies to give Minnesota a 4-3 O.T. win, and a series split. Routine goal, right? Not exactly.

There was an egregious non-call that led to the Gophers game-winning goal.

While skating with the puck behind the Huskies net, SCSU’s Nick Perbix was yanked down by Gophers forward Blake McLaughlin. For a split second, McLaughlin looked like he expected to be penalized and kind of hesitated for a second. However, there was no call on the play and McLaughlin continued on. Play to the whistle, right? McLaughlin passed the puck to Walker who deposited the puck behind SCSU senior goalie Dave David Hrenak. Needless to say, Husky fans aren’t happy. I don’t blame them either. This was a horrendous non-call.

For those that were wondering, the two officials that officiated this game; NCHC officials Tom Sterns and Sterling Egan.

Here’s the goal in question.

Now watch the video from the “official” Minnesota Gophers Twitter feed, the play looked normal and without any controversy. However, that’s not the case. Why would they edit the non-call from the video? Own it.

According to Mick Hatten of the Rink Live, the Gophers head coach Bob Motzko said Perbix dove.

“It was a dive at the end. The kid, he knows he dove,” Motzko said of Perbix. “But if you’re going to call it he should’ve called two and two (for holding and embellishing). I felt we deserved to win that game. I know it’s going to be controversial how it played down, but it played out the way it was supposed to tonight.”

If this was a dive, then the officials should’ve blown the play dead and thrown both players in the penalty box.

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