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Interference Or Not

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

If the league’s got any desire of actually fixing these type of mistakes by referees and show them when they’ve blatantly erred, I’d hope referee Stephane Auger has an email waiting for him Saturday morning from Director of Officiating Terry Gregson with a video clip.

There is no way any rational league executive can look at the replay of Kris Russell’s tying goal and say that R.J. Umberger didn’t blatantly break Rule 69.1 (interference with a goaltender), which in part reads, “The overriding rationale of this rule is that a goalkeeper should have the ability to move freely within his goal crease without being
hindered by the actions of an attacking player. If an attacking player enters the goal crease and, by his actions, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.”

Auger blew it, plain and simple. Sometimes this rule is gray because the goalie will stray outside the blue paint. In this case, it is plain as day. Harding’s in the blue. Umberger backs into him BEFORE Russell’s shot gets there and Harding is impeded from making the save.

more and watch a video of the goal although the interference being suggested can only be seen at the end of the video…

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