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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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SYF's avatar

Oh no.  My feed just crapped out.

brb, 19.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 06/12/13 at 08:50 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Jeebus, GR has a some gorgeous hotties in the stands tonight.

Posted by SYF from a viewing moratorium of NBC’s hockey coverage on 06/12/13 at 08:49 PM ET

Clearly, it’s a sign that I need to move back to Michigan. ASAP.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 06/12/13 at 08:53 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

The second intermission screen is the whole, “AHL Live: We’ll Be Right Back” spiel. There’s nothing to worry about as I’m sure Bob McGilligan or whatever the *#$%@& his name is and the Cleveland Cavaliers dude are probably talking about how the Crunch need to get one more puck past that goalie Mursak. raspberry

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/12/13 at 08:55 PM ET

klank's avatar

I noticed the clock running between faceoffs.

no clock movement between faceoffs in the 3rd.  my eyes were not deceiving me..

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 06/12/13 at 09:01 PM ET

klank's avatar

grrrr… Tatar and Nyquist had great opportunities.

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 06/12/13 at 09:15 PM ET

Alan's avatar

After listening to these Crunch guys, I want to drink. So bad.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 06/12/13 at 09:16 PM ET

klank's avatar

what a goal - Griffins!!!

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 06/12/13 at 09:23 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Beautiful goal!

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 06/12/13 at 09:24 PM ET

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Jesus McBuddah-Mohammed is in net for the Crunch tonight.

Mursak scores!

Posted by loojay on 06/12/13 at 09:26 PM ET

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Hoggan picks up a turnover, drives the net and scores. The announcer’s lord and savior loses his cool and throws some blocker punches.

Posted by loojay on 06/12/13 at 09:35 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Do it Friday, Griffins!!

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 06/12/13 at 09:41 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Damn!  The power in my ‘hood goes out for about ten minutes, but noooo the ISP also conked out and I couldn’t recover it until just two minutes ago.

I see a 4-2 Griffins win.  I see Hoggan’s goal on the replay and oh my balls, what a fuching goal.  The Crunch tried to rough him up after the goal because his momentum carried him into Desjardins who then proceeds to pound on him, but Hoggan ain’t having none of that.  Just skates right out to find his teammates to celebrate the goal.  Uncle Mike’s kind of player.

Onto Game Four.  Finish it, Griffs!

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 06/12/13 at 09:42 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

What an amazing job by Hoggan.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/12/13 at 09:42 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Fuch yeah, Griffins win!

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 06/12/13 at 09:43 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Listened to the game, hopefully some video highlights come out soon

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 06/12/13 at 09:45 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

The Griffins and AHL will post some highlights in a couple of hours. The Griffins plain old persisted and played simpler, smarter hockey as time went on—and Hoggan and Mrazek took the team on their backs. Great stuff.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/12/13 at 09:51 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Thanks, George

What an enjoyable game to listen to

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 06/12/13 at 09:53 PM ET

SYF's avatar

...Hoggan and Mrazek took the team on their backs. Great stuff.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/12/13 at 09:51 PM ET

Those guys are fuching gamers to the core of their bones.  Some of those meanest competitive drive I ain’t seen in a long time.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 06/12/13 at 09:59 PM ET

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just listened to Jan Mursak’s postgame interview…he is going to the KHL next year?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 06/12/13 at 10:02 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

The Wings can’t do much about Mursak. His KHL contract started in May, Amur Khabarovsk will start its training camp in late July and exhibition season in August, and they’re probably paying him between $1-2 million USD, mostly tax-free (and they give him an apartment and a leased car free of charge, too)...So the Wings can’t out-compete the KHL for his services.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/12/13 at 10:08 PM ET

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