I just got off of the phone with Greg Shepherd, head of WCHA officials, and this is what I know. Mersch came off of the bench on a line change and would have actually would’ve had to enter the altercation in question to be suspended. So, if Mersch had jumped off of the Wisconsin players been and entered the altercation in the Wisconsin end, Mersch would have then been suspended.
So, if you confused, you’re not alone. I guess the fact that Mersch jumped off of the bench challenged Steph Pattyn to a fight, took off his helmet, really has no bearing what-so-ever. I have to give the WCHA credit; they’re easy to get clarification from on incidents.