Mariners protested controversial finish to shootout
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Western Capitals will keep the two points from a 5-4 shootout win over the Yarmouth Mariners here at the Mariners Centre on Saturday night.
Summerside Western Capitals
The Mariners filed a protest with the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) immediately after the game.
The Mariners were leading the shootout 1-0, and Thomas Stavert was the third and final shooter of the first round for the Caps, and had to score to extend the game. The Mariners felt video showed Stavert’s shot went off the crossbar and did not enter the net, even though video of the shootout clearly shows the referee immediately indicated goal.
The shootout continued, and the Caps went on to win.
Capitals general manager Pat McIver confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the team was informed “the decision on the ice stands.”
The Capitals are back in action on Friday in Campbellton against the Tigers, and return to Eastlink Arena to host the Woodstock Slammers on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Capitals go into weekend play at 13-18-2-2 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses).