Fate Intervenes on Harvard Waved-Off Goal
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CHICAGO The fickled finger of fate can strike at any time in a hockey game, and its importance is heightened in a one-and-done situation like the Frozen Four.
For Harvard, these fortunes turned against it in the national semifinal against Minnesota-Duluth. In a 1-1 game midway through the third period, the Crimson thought they had the go-ahead goal. The official waved it off, however, and then went to video review to check the call. After checking, the no-goal call stood, and the game remained tied.
Harvard went on to lose a heartbreaker, 2-1, allowing a goal in the final minute of regulation.
The explanation after the review was that the whistle had already blown, but there was actually no way to verify that.
"I think watching it on the replay, you know, it looked like the puck was in before he was able to blow the whistle," Harvard coach Ted Donato said. "They went and looked at it. The explanation I was given was that there was no audio on the replay. He thought the goalie at one point had it underneath his glove, and in his mind that's when the play was over."
The missing audio was a temporary glitch, according to NCAA spokesperson Mark Bedics, and it was fixed for the second semifinal game of the evening.
Even if there was audio there, it likely would've have been a no-goal. The referee, just from general consensus, seemed to have blown the whistle before the puck went in, despite Donato's impressions. It's an unfortunate situation, but a common one.
"I think everybody's trying to do their best," Donato said. "They went to the replay to try to get it correctly. So obviously through my Harvard-colored glasses, it looked like a good goal. But it's — everybody's trying to do their best out there."