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Norfolk takes 3-0 lead in Calder Cup final on fluky bounce (updated)

UPDATED: The American Hockey League said its officials made a mistake in allowing the goal to stand.

The officials didn't notice Norfolk had at least one player offside when the puck was shot in. According to AHL rules, the goal should have been disallowed.

AHL president Dave Andrews says in a statement that despite the error, the result will stand.

Norfolk can clinch the Calder Cup by winning Game 4 on Saturday.

"We have spoken with Toronto Marlies management and confirmed that a rules interpretation error by the on-ice officials occurred on the Norfolk Admirals' overtime goal during Game 3 of the Calder Cup finals," Andrews said.

He went on to explain that a correct application of the AHL rulebook would have negated the goal.

"As AHL bylaws do not allow for any change to the final result of a game based on an incorrect rule interpretation, the result of the game stands," he said.
-- The Associated Press

DEVELOPING: Mike Kostka scored on a fluky bounce off the glass 9:09 into overtime to give Lightning affiliate Norfolk a 1-0 win over Toronto and a 3-0 lead in the AHL championship series Thursday night.

Kostka dumped the puck into Toronto's zone from center ice, and the puck rimmed around the glass, hit a stanchion and bounced almost sideways into an empty net as goalie Ben Scrivens went to play the puck.

"That's a one in a million thing," Scrivens told Toronto's Globe and Mail. "I was just hoping it wasn't going in."

Toronto coach Dallas Eakins was as frustrated by how the goal was scored as he was the loss.

"I would rather somebody take a pair of steel-toed boots and kick me in a delicate region than to lose a hockey game like that," said Eakins, who played in the NHL for 16 years and is in his third season coaching the Maple Leafs' affiliate.

Norfolk, 42-3 in its past 45 games going back to the regular season, can win the Calder Cup championship in Game 4 at 3 p.m. Saturday in Toronto.

The game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.

-- Times staff, wires


[Last modified: Friday, June 8, 2012 1:20pm]


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