YARMOUTH, N.S. – The Yarmouth Mariners have decided to appeal a ruling by the MHL league president, which determined that the results of a Jan. 18 game against Summerside would stand.
The team cites inconsistencies of this ruling compared with others made in the league, in which rulings of officials were changed – specifically dealing with a recent suspension – and feels that the league constitution doesn't rule out the possibility of the league president overturning an on-ice call if evidence is conclusive that a mistake has been made.
Summerside won the game 5-4 in a shootout. The Mariners were celebrating the win after Summerside’s last shot hit the crossbar, but it was later ruled a goal and the Western Capitals went on to win the game.
League president Derryl Smith doesn't dispute that Yarmouth was "wronged," saying video is clear that the shot was not a goal. But he says the constitution doesn't allow him to overturn an on-ice decision by an official. Smith called it the toughest ruling he's ever had to make.