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AHL: Oops, that goal shouldn’t have counted

Jun 8, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT


The AHL admits its officials goofed last night in Toronto.

“We have spoken with Toronto Marlies management and confirmed that a rules interpretation error by the on-ice officials occurred on the Norfolk Admirals’ overtime goal during Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals,” the league wrote in a statement.

“On the play, a dump-in from center ice by a Norfolk player caromed off a stanchion and into the Toronto net. The correct application of AHL Rule 83.4 would have negated the Norfolk goal due to a delayed offside call.

“As AHL By-Laws do not allow for any change to the final result of a game based on an incorrect rule interpretation, the result of the game stands.”

Here’s the goal that shouldn’t have counted:

It’d be interesting to know how the linesman missed the call. Was he so fixated on the puck that he stared right through the offside Norfolk player gliding in front of him? Or, did he just forget the rule?

Anyway, Marlies coach Dallas Eakins is taking the high road, saying the AHL is a developmental league for the refs, too, and it’s time to “move on.”

The Admirals lead the Calder Cup finals, 3-0. Game 4 is Saturday.

  1. stakex - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Wow, thats just awful.

    I wouldn’t expect that bad of a call in a D league game, let alone a 2nd tier pro league.

  2. ruddigervancity - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    I actually count three players offside. That’s brutal. Almost as bad as the Admirals’ jerseys.

    • ruddigervancity - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Sorry – two offside. Still brutal.

  3. greej1938l - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Awful. 3-0. Coulda been 2-1 series count

  4. quonce - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    For anyone who hasn’t seen Norfolk play this year, this team is legit. 20+ game winning streak during the season and have just been steamrolling everyone.

    Horrific call, but Norfolk was winning the Calder regardless. They are a better team than Columbus Montreal and if not for Stamkos, I think they could rival their parent club Tampa.

    One of the best Ahl teams in years.

  5. lsxphotog - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    I agree, it really doesn’t matter because the Admirals have dominated the AHL this year and the playoffs, but WOW, what a bad call. It has to be painful to lose a game to a botched call on a fluke goal. Man…

  6. Geoff Nichols - Jun 8, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    “If the puck is shot on goal during a delayed off-side, the play shall be allowed to continue under the normal clearing-the-zone rules. Should the puck, as a result of this shot, enter the defending team’s goal during a delayed off-side, either directly or off the goalkeeper, a player or an official on the ice, the goal shall be disallowed as the original shot was off-side. The face-off will be conducted at the face-off spot in the zone closest to the point of origin of the shot or at the nearest face-off spot in the neutral zone adjacent to the attacking zone of the offending team.”

    1. The puck was not shot on goal, it was a dump attempt that took a weird bounce. Just because it goes in the books as a SOG and Kostka gets credit for the goal doesn’t mean it was an actual SOG.
    2. If you want to count it as a SOG, the “the play shall be allowed to continue under the normal clearing-the-zone rules” clause could be interpreted as meaning that as long as the players are back onside before the puck goes in the net, they’re good to go. The were back onside by the time the puck went in.

    • lesleyvissersfacelift - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      I agree with this interpretation. I would have posted the same thing had you not beaten me to it. I am surprised the AHL said the refs got it wrong.

    • 28giroux28 - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:45 PM

      While this does make a certain amount of sense, the problem with your interpretation lies in how you defined a SOG. You say that it is not a true SOG because Kostka did not intend to hit that not. That does not matter, however, as a SOG is defined as any shot that either enters the goal or requires a save by the goaltender. That is why deflections, strang hops of blocked passes, certain face-off wins and even bounces off the station are considered SOG’s.

      As to your second point, I actually think your right, except “the goal shall be disallowed as the original shot was off-side,” may mean that once the shot is taken during an off-sides delay, any goals are discounted regardless of how long it takes for the puck to enter the goal or the position of the players at that time.

      • lesleyvissersfacelift - Jun 9, 2012 at 6:57 AM

        I agree with your interpretation too. Difficult call.

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