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AHL commissioner of refereeing: ‘We’re never wrong!’ or something close to it

Games 1 and 2 of the AHL's Calder Cup Final series between the Grand Rapids Griffins and Syracuse Crunch were...An adventure...In terms of officiating, but AHL president Dave Andrews essentially told the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner that his officials totally made the right calls in every aspect (save the whole adding two minutes to the second period of Game 2 thing):

“We’ve been hung out to dry for some reason and the referees have been hung out to dry,” the commissioner said about the referees before Wednesday’s Game 3 at Van Andel Arena before the Grand Rapids Griffins and Syracuse Crunch. “Case closed.”

"This is the best officials available and I believe firmly in games 1 and 2 they did a never good job. They called a very good standard. They let the players play and called penalties when they had to. Believe me, I’m as critical as anybody in the world of our officials in the finals.”

Regarding the specific instances of...controversy...

In Game 1, a Syracuse goal was a waved off called by a player in the crease, The play was called on the ice but confirmed following a video review by refs Terry Koharski and Mark Lemelin.

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On the first goal, Andrews said: “That goal was reviewed by the NHL hockey staff and reviewed by our hockey staff and the player was definitely in the crease and it was in the judgment of the official to determine if he thought the goal was impaired in trying to make the save. Obviously he thought he was and the goal was waved off, which is completely the correct call.”

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In Game 2, there were two controversial calls in the second period: A goal by the Griffins’ Tomas Jurco that hit the crossbar. The contention was the puck did not cross the line. The second – and the one that has received considerable attention – was a delayed call on a goal for Syracuse late in the period. After a stoppage of play on an icing call with 59.5 left, a shot by J.T Brown was reviewed by Lemelin and determined the shot went through the netting for a goal.

On the second goal, Andrews said: “There were two video replays in Game 2, which apparently people believe weren’t accurately called by the referees, and both were correctly called. Our hockey operations vice president reviewed both replays, both calls were correct.”

As for the clock keeping error, which added 2:13 to the period, he said: “It had two minutes and whatever number of seconds which shouldn’t have been added to the clock. The impact on the game because of that error was zero.”

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Rdwings28's avatar

too funny blah blah blah blah

Posted by Rdwings28 on 06/12/13 at 06:20 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Anyone listening to the Griffins game? Seems the officials have already pissed off the ten thousand people at Van Andel.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 06/12/13 at 06:25 PM ET

Alan's avatar

I’m watching it. The play the Crunch scored on with Almquist down looked eerily similar to the play the Blackhawks scored on when Franzen was down.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 06/12/13 at 06:31 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Are or can we use this blog to LB the Griffs game?

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 06:35 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Griffs on the PP with 5:10 to go in the first.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 06:36 PM ET

SYF's avatar

The faceoff comes all the way back in the Griffs’ zone for an offsides?  Whaaaaaat…?

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 06:38 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Sheahan nearly finish.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 06:39 PM ET

SYF's avatar

No go on the Griffs’ PP.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 06:40 PM ET

SYF's avatar

2:41 to go in the first and Griffs go right back on the PP.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 06:40 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Griffs down nil-1 at the end of one.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 06:45 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Griffins had some fine chances in that first period.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 06/12/13 at 06:47 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Thank you for the free views, Dave Andrews.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 06:51 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

The Panik goal was just terrible. Almquist got smoked, no call, directly leads to Crunch goal.

But the Griffins are trying to play run-and-gun hockey against the AHL’s highest-scoring playoff team, and that’s not a smart thing to do. Their PP’s have been stifled as well.

The good news is that it’s only 1-0 Syracuse after 1.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/12/13 at 06:53 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Second period.  Here we go.  Let’s Go Griffins!

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 07:03 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Brutal giveaway.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 07:05 PM ET

SYF's avatar

SAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCE!

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 07:07 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Paradis of the Crunch continually fuchs over his team on the rush.  That’s twice in this game.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 07:10 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Nice goal by Tatar!

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 06/12/13 at 07:10 PM ET

SYF's avatar

LUUUUUUUUUUUUKE!!!!!!

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 07:12 PM ET

SYF's avatar

2-1 Griffs.

Keep pushing, boys.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 07:13 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Jesus Lashoff has a great shot from the blue.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 07:15 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Griffs on their third consecutive PP.  Make it count, guys.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 07:16 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Dammit, Nike.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 07:18 PM ET

klank's avatar

Hi Boys.. enjoying game from the confines of lovely office.

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 06/12/13 at 07:19 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Griffs looked real good on the PK.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 07:21 PM ET

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Use the force Luke!

Posted by maltby18 on 06/12/13 at 07:22 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Shit.  Tied up at 2.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 07:22 PM ET

klank's avatar

Griffs looked real good on the PK.

they should of converted on the 4 on 2 rush, during a earlier PK.

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 06/12/13 at 07:22 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Mrazek imploring his defense to let him see the puck.  That just took a weird bounce in flight to the net.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 07:23 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Mention of the Hockey Gods. Drink!

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 06/12/13 at 07:24 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Mention of the Hockey Gods. Drink!

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 06/12/13 at 08:24 PM ET

Are we gonna have ain impromptu HMM?  I’m so up for that right now.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 07:25 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Griffs go on their third PP just this second period alone.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 07:26 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Can’t believe Nike missed a whole net and no one to block his shot.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 07:29 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Something tells me I need to start a live blog on Friday! Sorry!

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/12/13 at 07:34 PM ET

SYF's avatar

PETRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 07:34 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Can’t stand this Crunch-slanted broadcast.  Muting it.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 07:35 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Tied at 2 at the end of two periods of play.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 07:37 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Thanks for the running update, SYF. I can’t watch / listen to the video right now, so I’ve been hitting refresh on your comments & the AHL scoreboard.

Posted by SK77 on 06/12/13 at 07:38 PM ET

klank's avatar

I noticed the clock running between faceoffs.  Does AHL rules state clock will run between faceoffs?

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 06/12/13 at 07:39 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Jeebus, GR has a some gorgeous hotties in the stands tonight.  What in the hell is in the water over there?  lol

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/12/13 at 07:49 PM ET

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