The NCAA wants referees to continue ejecting players for illegal hits from behind, Western Collegiate Hockey Association commissioner Bruce McLeod said. McLeod has received a confirmation letter from the NCAA stating that checking-frombehind major penalties, which result in a game misconduct, should be called just as often as they were the first seven weeks of the season. Two Colorado College players have been ejected for checking from behind. Right wing Derek Patrosso was tossed Oct. 22 against Air Force for what CC coach Scott Owens called a “legit” checking-from-behind penalty. Center Trevor Frischmon was ejected Nov. 12 in the third period of CC’s 3-0 loss at now-No. 2 Wisconsin after he checked Badgers left wing Robbie Earl from behind. Owens classified it a “borderline” call. “It’s such a severe penalty for not a very violent type of action,” McLeod said. “It hurts the team a lot. But we’re sticking with it.” Hits from behind used to result in a twominute cross-checking or boarding penalty. The NCAA stiffened the penalty after North Dakota defenseman Robbie Bina broke his neck at last season’s WCHA Final Five on a hit by Denver forward Geoff Paukovich. Frischmon said he’s cautious when he checks an opponent along the boards. “I think about it a little bit,” Frischmon said of the checking-from-behind penalty. “If a guy has his back to you up against the boards, you don’t want to hit him, just for the sake that it’s dangerous and because you don’t want to be kicked out of the game.” Patrosso said he uses the numbers on the back of an opponent’s jersey as a reference point. “If you see the numbers, you’ve got to kind of hold up,” Patrosso said. “I don’t think anybody means to hit anyone from behind. It just kind of happens in the flow of the game.” CC remains No. 3 The Tigers (11-2-1, 6-1-1 WCHA) are third in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com/CSTV polls, which were released Monday. In both polls and the Inside College Hockey power rankings, Michigan stayed first, Wisconsin remained second and Maine is still fourth. Vermont jumped to fifth on the strength of a 3-0 win over Merrimack. Slattengren picks up slack Owens likes what he has seen from forward Aaron Slattengren, who has collected at least one point in five of eight games since he returned from a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Slattengren scored the game-winner Friday in CC’s 5-0 victory over Michigan Tech. He has four goals and two assists for six points. “He’s a very valuable person on our team because of his versatility,” Owens said. “He can kill penalties, he can be on either powerplay unit, he can play four-on-four, he can play center and he can play wing. It has been real nice to have him back.” Slap shots Friday’s CC-Massachusetts game, which was moved to noon to accommodate fans who wish to attend a men’s basketball game between UMass and Alabama-Birmingham, has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. FSN will broadcast the basketball game at 11 a.m. There is no TV coverage for the hockey game. . . . Brian Salcido has been named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week and goaltender Drew O’Connell has been named WCHA Rookie of the Week. . . . Former CC wing Reid Goolsby has signed with the Wichita Thunder of the Central Hockey League. CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0256 or email@example.com NEXT Colorado College (11-2-1) at UMass (2-7-0), 5 p.m. Friday, 1240 AM
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