USA-Russia was a wonderful hockey game, one of the best if not the best you'll see all year. THAT's what I was talking about!
A.J. Bozoian's MRI came back negative on his back. He won't play tomorrow at Flint, but they expect him to play on Friday.
As for the disputed goal in Saturday's Flint game, I asked David Franke who at the time asked UHL Supervisor of Officials Jerry Pateman who was at the game. According to Franke, Pateman said if the goalie's mask is knocked off, once his team recovers the puck, then the whistle has to blow. The ruling was that Flint's J.P. Morin had touched the puck on a rebound before he deflected it directly to a Fort Wayne player. The referee blew the whistle as soon as Morin touched the puck, even though he might not have had complete control of it. It was a safety issue. You can argue over whether Morin had control, but he did touch the puck.
Here's a couple of other rules interpretations that drive me crazy when fans scream thinking they know the rule. I'm expecting most of you to know them, though, since you have obviously been going to games for quite a while. It's not too many men on the ice unless the team with too many men is touching the puck. Players can also hand pass the puck in or out of their own zone. They just can't do it in neutral ice or in the offensive zone.
Anybody else got any other rules interpretations like that which they see?