University of Vermont’s Dan Senkbeil was the beneficiary of a perfect pick play on New Hampshire defenseman Brett Pesce. The pick wasn’t by one of Senkbeil’s teammates, though. It was by referee Kevin Keenan.
As Pesce circled back into the UNH zone, he ran smack into Keenan, who was skating backwards within the faceoff circle. The puck slide toward the slot. Senkbeil, all alone in front, swooped in an fired the puck past Wildcats goaltender Daniel Tirone to give the Catamounts a 4-1 lead.
Referee Kevin Keenan got back to his feet and waved the goal off. After further discussion, the goal was allowed to stand. Each team would score once more, with Vermont claiming a 5-2 victory.
Referees for the game were the aforementioned Kevin Keenan and Andy O’Brien. Linesmen were Andrew Spinali and Marc Sullivan.
(Stick-tap to The New Hampshire’s Justin Loring for the initial report and UVM’s Anna Poholek for the photo)