WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — A hockey coach being upset with the officiating on a given night is one thing, but Kurt Buchs was incensed over what he called “the worst officiated game I’ve seen in my 40 years of hockey.”
Beloit Memorial was whistled for 11 penalties to Greendale’s one in a 7-6 overtime loss in tournament action at Poppy Waterman Arena on Friday afternoon.
Buchs was so angry he notified tournament officials if the same referees were assigned to his team’s game Saturday, he would forfeit the contest.
“I wouldn’t subject my players to any more of that,” he said. “It wasn’t fair to either team.”
Buchs said he would also contact the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association with the warning he will forfeit any game in which this particular officiating crew is assigned to a Beloit game.
“I’ll accept the consequences,” he said.
The Knights willplay the loser between DeForest and Wisconsin Rapids later Friday.
“It’s going to be a challenge for our team to regroup and we’ll see how they respond,” Buchs said.
When they played Greendale 5-on-5, Buchs said the Knights dominated. Only that happened way too infrequently.
Greendale scored four power-play goals, although the game-winner 1:49 into overtime was an even-strength goal by Brandon Peterson. The Ice Force captain scored a pair of goals.
Beloit had a pair of five-minute penalties.
“We were called for taunting after a goal and the official couldn’t even tell me what our guy said,” Buchs said. “Casper Clark was called for boarding when the guy slid toward the board, but didn’t come within 10 feet of it. Noah Davis never gets penalties and they followed him around with the whistle. It was just ugly.”
The Knights scored the lone goal of the first period as Deo Edwards found the net on assists by Casper Clark and Noah Davis.
Tyler Jensen made it 2-0 on assists by Jacob Benzing and Clark before Greendale tied it with a pair of power-play goals. Beloit went back in front 4-2 in the period, however, with Clark scoring off assists by Edwards and Davis and Riley Jensen putting in an unassisted goal.
Greendale stormed back with three straight goals to start the third period, two on power plays, and took a 5-4 lead. Beloit tied it on a goal by Davis off an assist by Clark and took a 6-5 lead on an unassisted shorthanded goal by Riley Jensen.
The Ice Force tied it at the 11:45 mark and then won it on Peterson’s goal in OT.
Beloit goalie Taven Santucci had 27 saves.