This is a new one

Just when you thought you’ve seen everything …

Wisconsin’s John Mitchell was ejected from Saturday night’s game against Denver in the third period for excessive roughness on a hit up high on the Pioneers’ Tyler Ruegsegger.

If only that was the end of the story.

Outside the Kohl Center media room after the game, we were informed by Jeff Sauer, the assistant to the WCHA commissioner, that an excessive roughness penalty carries an automatic game disqualification, which means Mitchell would be sitting next Friday’s game at Minnesota State.

If only that was the end of the story.

A little while later, after finishing up my story for the Associated Press, I got a phone call on which the phone at the other end was passed around a few times before Sauer got on the line to say he needed to talk to Paul Capobianco, Wisconsin’s assistant director of athletic communications. I found him and passed off the phone. Long story short, the penalty was now a double-minor for roughing and a game misconduct. In other words, Mitchell was off the hook for next Friday.

If only that was the end of the story.

Capobianco called back the number on my phone a short time later after we discussed, among other things, that Mitchell had served a five-minute penalty during the game (actually, it was Patrick Johnson because Mitchell was in the locker room, but that’s beside the point). He then found out that the call was again being changed, this time to a major for contact to the head and a game misconduct.

I think that’s the end of the story. Then again, the night is young.

I’m still a little confused. Make that baffled. Just when you thought you’ve seen everything …


  1. r u guys for real? HARVARD? cmon lets be real umass way better at home beat much better teams harvard not that goos umadd 4-0-2 in front of us studentsi  say umass destroys harvard 7-2 and might evne be able beat yale wednesday team who lost sacred heart who was 0-11 and struggled vs brown at home in 1st 2 periods tongiht theyre better than harvard theres NO WAY we lose to harvard they suck..i csnt beleive you guys are realistically picking them u should be fired for that 

      • yeah theyre clueless maine may sweep vermont but vermont prob gets least a tie on saturday prob lose tomorrow night.. but picking against umass when its harvard in magic of mullins center where theyre 4-0-2 and beat bc northeastern tied maine and bu harvard is nothing like those teams cert not like bc and bu i dont c us losing i expect to see another win tomorrow and possibly wed vs yale too oh tho itll be toufgher but im laughing hard they both think harvard would win they are dumb!

  2. Check the ECAC picks, the picked Harvard as well.  I do cheer for HE and do think UMass will win, but it won’t be as easy for you as you think.  Harvard’s forwards are pretty talented and keeping the puck out of your own net has not been a strong point for UMass this season.
    BBear94, I hope you get your wish and Timmy is gone soon.  As a UNH fan (which are having our ow problems right now), I much preferred a strong Maine team every year… win or lose, it was more fun!

    • Yeah, and they called BC BU the “best rivalry in college hockey”  A good one, for sure.  But UMO UNH is much better, IMO.  Those 2 games they played at the Witt last year had me on the edge of my seat all the way through….

      Going to see your boys @ Lowell tonight. Should be a good test for both teams as Lowell has shown what can happen when you bring in a new coach who played there when the team was at its best. Something UMO need to consider…

      • Heading down there tonight myself.  UNH totally outplayed them and beat them 5-0 a couple weeks ago, so wouldn’t be at all surprised to see UML take it to them pretty good tonight.  Bazin has done a great job with a very young team down there, so far.  Hopefully Digi decides to start playing goal again sometime real soon.
        I agree, the UNH/UMO rivalry is the best, no matter where they play.  I love the atmosphere at Alfond too.  I have no problem with the abuse visiting teams and fans take, it’s all part of a great college hockey atmosphere.  As you said in another post, these writers are all just about BU/BC, nobody else matters to them!

        • Tough not to be all about them when they’ve won 3 of the past 4 national tournaments.  I agree it’s too heavily slanted towards them, but not like they haven’t earned lately.  Both Maine and UNH need to step up.  Been awhile since either of them were true contenders.

          • I do agree that the National Championships have helped and I have been there rooting them on, will always cheer for Hockey East.  I also agree that UNH and Maine have to get back to the national powers, but their rivalry is still a great one.  Maybe that’s what makes it better because they are the two teams in the East, not from Boston, that have been fairly consistent.  Anyways, I was not slighting the BC/BU rivalry at all, just making conversation about another good rivalry, that’s all.
            Enjoy the season!

          • Yes, we need a new coach and if this season plays out as expected, maybe we’ll get our wish this offseason….

          • You got a nice win last night, BBear… if UNH had played more than 15 minutes, maybe they would have too!

      • Come on guy.  I’m a fan of all Hockey East (didn’t go to any school, just from Boston), but you cannot say BC/BU isn’t the greatest rivalry in the sport.  They’ve met for the National Title before, have 9 championships between the two, Beanpot, 3 miles away from each other, students who live in the same aparment buildings…Nothing against Maine/UNH because it’s absolutely awesome, and I’ll be at Fenway on the 7th for that and UMass/UVM, but BC/BU is gold standrad when it comes to rivalries.

        • # of championships between the schools has no bearing on the greatness of their rivalry, only the games played head-up.  1 meeting in the national title game? So what.  UMO and BU played in the 95 title game.  UMO and UNH played in the 99 title game.  So, by your standards, UMO/UNH or UMO/BU s/b the greatest rivalry??

          News for you on beanpot – nobody outside of the 4 invited schools cares. And remember, that’s not an open tournament so being in it has nothing to do with the quality of the teams in play.

    • hahaahhaah ecac guys pick harvard too? WOW where are these people coming up with this harvard AT UMass where UMass has been great and beat far better teams espec bc but harvard not that great in hockey was joke last year and lost st lawrence this year recent tie clarkson i believe they wont be able beat umass i expect to go 5-0-2 tonight when i go umass home games

      • an they all pick 4-2 wow these guys are dumb 7-2 umass lets put it this way even if its closer umass should win ill be stunned if i see a loss and this is the 1st home loss in 7 games to harvard no way harvard wins

  3. I was at that Maine game and UMass was really strong, except for a few mistakes in the early first period where they gave up 2 goals.  I think there is too much prognosticating by these 2 “writers” who never seem to make it to the rink unless it’s a BC or BU game.  Not sure they even know where Amherst, Orono, or Burlington are…

    • I do think UMass is pretty good, but the only time I saw them in person was at UNH and the goaltending sure seemed to be an issue.  They pulled the starter and put in another Freshman who has played the majority of the minutes and he gave up 2 goals on 4 shots and was pulled too.  I know UNH’s D and G haven’t been great either, but Harvard put up a 7 spot on us, which shocked me after UNH had built a 4-0 lead!

      • they have been awful at home but as student ive been to all 6 home games and theyve been awesome at home usually only allowing 2 goals as theyve done in each of their last 5 home games after giving up 2 to bentley and beat bc tied bu tied maine beat northeastern i think itll be 7-2 umass tonight harvards not good in hockey umass deff better espec at mullins center

  4. while you guys were right on number of goals harvard would score unbeleivable both of u plus ecac guy would all say 4-2 harvard same score but harvard only got tie cuz refs apparently were from harvard i have not seen worse officiating cert not this year and overall not in lnog time federico and hansen you refs sucks u shouldnt be allowed to conitune reffing after tonight deff not in amherst 6-1 harvard in pps? ru  kidding some of them i was wondering what did the mniutemen guy do yet during game espec in ot after we killed off yet another penalty couple of times harvard shouldve been called for penalty of coruse no call on them THESE REFS WERE THE WORST!!!

  5. Solid Pick for the NU-ND today. I agree ND is too tough for NU….oh wait, what’s that? Hung 9 and first team to win at new rink? Nothing like beating #11 @Michigan and #2 @ND in back to back weeks for a 4 game winning streak. Welcome to Hockey East ND! 

  6. Jim’s pick: The Huskies are playing well, but I don’t see them getting a win in South Bend.
    ND 3, NU 1
    Dave’s pick: Agreed. The Irish are just too tough.
    ND 4, NU1 Hahahahaha, what a joke.


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