Being an official is a very thankless job. I don't know why anyone would want to be one.
When you're right and do a great job, no one knows your name. When you're wrong, there is nowhere to hide from fans, and coaches have to hold their tongue unless they want to be fined from the conference.
When you're an official who makes a wrong call and it's a non-conference game....then it's a free for all.
That was the case Saturday night when Cornell head coach Mike Schafer blasted the WCHA officials for how they handled the end of the Big Red's 2-1 road loss to Denver. After the final whistle Saturday , both benches emptied with Cornell being hit with 40 minutes in penalties to Denver's zero. John McCarron was handed a game disqualification, meaning he will miss Cornell's January 18th game against 13th-ranked Union. The end result was Schafer airing his disdain for how the officials handled things and not wanting to come back to the Western College Hockey Association.
From Candance Horgan of USCHO.com:
"I'm looking at the sheet now, and we're the ones that were assessed all the penalties," said Schafer. "You're supposed to hold your guys at the end of the game. That obviously didn't happen. It's just really disappointing on the calls. ... It's disgusting. That's all you can say. I won't come back to the WCHA."
This isn't the first time that a coach has gone to task with another conference's officials this season. Last month Michigan Tech head coach Mel Pearson called out the CCHA's officials, saying "I'm glad out of the CCHA," following a disallowed goal in a 2-1 loss to Northern Michigan. Prior to that, Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson was fined and reprimanded for doing the same in a home loss to North Dakota.