Whitehead apologizes for outburst at officials

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ORONO – Maine hockey coach Tim Whitehead has apologized to Hockey East referees for his behavior following Saturday’s penalty-filled loss to Boston University at Alfond Arena.

Whitehead and the referees exchanged words as they were walking off the ice following the Terriers’ 3-0 victory that gave them back-to-back wins over Maine. The referees gave Whitehead a misconduct.

“We expect our head coaches, like our athletes and officials, to show restraint in the middle of the heat of battle,” Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna said Wednesday. “Tim has always conducted himself appropriately. I am pleased he has acknowledged this uncharacteristic lapse in judgment.”

While declining to offer details about what Whitehead said, Bertagna noted that Maine and the conference observe a code of conduct that specifically addresses public criticism of officials.

The shouting match followed a game in which the Black Bears racked up 67 minutes of penalties. One Maine player was thrown out of the game and two others were given 10-minute misconducts.

“The events that took place at the conclusion of Saturday night’s game were an unfortunate ending to a tough weekend series,” said Blake James, Maine athletic director. “I am confident that the players, coaches and officials involved recognize the importance of demonstrating good sportsmanship.”

AP-ES-01-17-07 1753EST

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