Letting the boys play to settle a close or OT game is the way its been since as far back as I can remember, and before according to my dad.
Agreed. But that was always with the premise that they have called a fair game up to that point.
But when ticky-tac calls are made earlier in a game and a teams scores a goal (or two) on such ticky tac calls, then when the refs refuse to call the same ticky tac calls late in the game (like last night) then the refs arent letting the boys settle a close game but rather the refs are inserting themselves into a game and are determining the outcome of a game.
Simply put, letting the boys play to settle a close or OT game needs to apply to the entire game and not be lopsided for the majority or the rest of the game.