There was a lot of chatter on the live blog about the disallowed goal by Northern Michigan’s Mitch Jones midway through the third period. The goal would have cut UND’s lead to 3-2.
Instead, it was disallowed and UND killed the remainder of the Wildcat power play. Shortly thereafter, Paul LaDue scored a goal to put the game away.
The goal was waved off because a Northern Michigan player had both feet in the crease and he was visually impairing goaltender Zane Gothberg.
After the game, NCHC director of officials Don Adam confirmed that the correct call was made on the play.
Rule 73.1 states: “Interference on the Goalkeeper – A player of the attacking team may stand on the goal crease line or in the goal crease, or skate through the goal crease, unless, in the opinion of the official, the player is physically or visually preventing the goalkeeper from defending the goal.”
Northern Michigan coach Walt Kyle didn’t have any issue with the call after the game.
“I haven’t seen it, but the officials can see the overhead,” he said “I’m sure it’s legit.”