Hosers vs. Ole Piper Chiefs

This week’s MNWAHL game against the Ole Piper Chiefs was an interesting one. First, we only had seven skaters for this game. Then the ref was late coming out for our game. The Ole Piper Chiefs are a team we’ve played a lot of games against, and they’re probably my favorite team to play against because of their sportsmanship. They don’t get angry with errant sticks that get too high, they don’t hack. They’re just a fun team to play against – and we match up evenly with them so it’s always a good game. It’s because of this attitude towards the Chiefs that we said since they had a full bench they had to choose a player to act as the ref, and they were all for it, then the actual ref came out onto the ice.

The game was going well, back and forth. With only one ref who also reffed the game before ours, she was understandable and expectantly conserving energy, but doing a decent job reffing our late night beer league game. We were just happy to have somebody out there, then the incident happened. She was standing near the red line near a group of players, a Chiefs player dumped the puck into my zone near the net, but the puck went wide and caught the backside of the net, causing it to move as it continued on its way to the boards. The ref whistled the play dead, calling it a goal. 😳 Players from both teams let her know the puck did not go in the net, I even explained (calmly) what happened and was met only with a shoulder shrug and the ref saying, “sorry”.

Despite possible the worst officiating call in my 30-plus years playing hockey, we went on to win the game 8-4 (I’m not counting the phantom goal). I faced 33 shots, and was 0.31 over my expected goals against according to the Stop It Goaltending Game Day app.

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