As much attention as the new crackdown on obstruction received in the first month of the college hockey season, it’s been a much-less talked about topic for the last month.
There’s a reason for that. Penalties are down considerably as both players and officials have adjusted to the reinforced standard from 2004, which aimed at clamping down on interference, hooking and holding, among other obstruction calls.
“I think both the players and the officials have adjusted well to the new rules,” said Connecticut head coach Mike Cavanaugh. “We really haven’t adjusted the way we play. We have emphasized to avoid any type of picks on faceoffs. That was an area, and rightfully so, being called extremely tight.”