Weigh in below. I would expect the coaches will address this in the offseason, especially if Wisconsin does not earn home-ice advantage or if Denver finishes in first place.
January 17, 2008/For Immediate Release
WCHA Issues Ruling on Letter of Protest
MADISON, Wis. – In response to the letter of protest filed with the Western Collegiate Hockey Association from the University of Wisconsin regarding the circumstances surrounding the Wisconsin vs Denver intercollegiate hockey game Friday, Jan. 11, Bill Hudson, WCHA Chair, and the member Faculty Athletic Representatives made the following decision:
After a review of both the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules and Interpretations book and the WCHA Handbook, the above has confirmed Commissioner McLeod’s interpretation/decision and affirmed that it is not the prerogative of the Association to change the outcome of a game.
In the 2006-08 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Rules and Interpretations book, under Rule 6/Playing Rules, HR-81, SECTION 39: Protests are not recognized or allowed.
Further, under Rule 5/Officials and Officiating Systems, SECTION 3: The duties of the referee(s) are as follows:
under a. The referee(s) decision is final; there is no appeal.
In the WCHA Handbook, Code of Regulations:
1. Playing Rules
a. NCAA playing rules will govern play in all intercollegiate ice hockey games. Conferences and individual institutions are prohibited from modifying any playing rules except by permission of the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee.
The WCHA earlier acknowledged the error that was made and regrets the circumstance. This decision is final and the matter is considered closed.