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Wild Coach Upset With Penalty Calls Against His Team

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

The Wild paraded to the penalty box and the Sharks capitalized with three power-play goals on seven chances to send the Wild off into the chilly North California night reeling after a 3-1 loss at the Shark Tank.

“It must be nice to draw penalties like that,” coach Mike Yeo said, sarcastically, “when the other team goes stick on puck and you kind of hold your head.”

Yeo was referring to Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart, who whipped his head back like he was shot when checked by Justin Fontaine in the first period. Yeo felt replays showed Fontaine’s stick was at Stuart’s waist.

“To me that’s embarrassing,” Yeo said. “I don’t know. I guess we’ve got to ask our players to embellish more.”...

Wild center Zenon Konopka was nailed for a double-minor high-stick even though his lumber didn’t come close to hitting defenseman Jason Demers. It was actually Sharks center Freddie Hamilton who clipped his teammate.

Yeo said the referee “just shrugged.”

“I told him it was not my stick. It’s their stick,” Konopka said. “I don’t him, ‘You’re making the wrong call. It wasn’t my stick.’ Of course they score on it.”

more on the game...

added 9:21am, You have to think Yeo was not happy with this hooking call on Matt Cooke either, scroll to the :19 mark of the video below...

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redxblack's avatar

That was the most amazing tripping call I’ve seen. Cooke used “the Force” to cut Thornton’s legs out from under him.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/13/13 at 11:57 AM ET


Officiating this year is even worse than usual. Why do the refs have such problems with consistency or, you know, even making an approximately appropriate call?

Posted by teldar on 12/13/13 at 12:17 PM ET

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