The NCAA Ice Hockey Committee has ruled that the Maverick Stampede semifinal game between Colgate and Nebraska-Omaha on Oct. 11 is officially a tie and that only the statistics for the first 65 minutes of play will count.
The game in question was played with a five-minute overtime, followed by a 20-minute period when the game was still tied, which is contrary to NCAA rules.
UNO advanced with a power play goal by Scotty Turner at 18:45 of the second overtime.
According to the rules, the only options for breaking ties to determine advancement in an in-season tournament are: 20-minute overtimes to conclusion; or a five-minute overtime followed by shootout (game is recorded as a tie).
Colgate, originally under the assumption it would receive a tie because the game was deadlocked after the five-minute period, did not file a protest on the decision of a loss. However, the rules committee alerted the hockey committee of the error, and the latter decided, despite the violation of the rules, to uphold what was in the Maverick Stampede tournament manual and change the result to a tie.
All records for the 20-minute overtime period have been eliminated. (New boxscore)
Among the statistical changes, Turner’s goal was wiped off the books along with assists to Joe Pereira and David Brisson. UNO goaltender Dan Ellis became the goaltender of record with a tie, having been in the game when Colgate’s Scooter Smith scored the game tying goal in the second period.
Maverick netminder Brian Haaland, who entered the game at the start of the third period and originally received the win with 11 saves, had his minutes reduced to 25:00 from 43:45 and his save total to seven. UNO had outshot Colgate, 18-4, in the second overtime.
Colgate goaltender Steve Silverthorn now is credited with 65:00 played, not 83:45, a tie instead of a loss, and 27 saves and five goals allowed instead of 44 saves and six goals allowed.
Three penalties in the second overtime were similarly wiped off the books along with a UNO power play and goal on that power play.