Game over: Canterbury's Red Devils moments after winning the National Ice Hockey League final against the Southern Stampede in Queenstown in a penalty shoot-out
Canterbury’s Red Devils ice hockey team have won the national league final, downing Southern Stampede in Queenstown with a controversial penalty shoot-out goal.
With the Devils already one ahead in the five-shot penalty shoot-out, one umpire initially appeared to signal no goal by their player Valery Konev.
However, after a discussion with the other umpires it was deemed valid, giving the victory to the Devils who went bananas.
The pulsating match was a fitting final packed with excitement and tension.
In the first period, the Devils struck first through James Kirkwood and again through Ryan Chramtshenko.
Stampede vice captain Bert Haines smacked in a screamer from way out to get his team on the board.
The Devils’ Maxim Fokin took it to 3-1 before Stampede’s Brian Horwitz replied to make it 3-2.
In the second period, Stampede’s Michael Weber tied it up with the only goal of the second period.
Stampede hit the lead 4-3 for the first time in the match after Horwitz goaled again.
The Devils hit back through Hayden Argyle to tie game up again, this time at 4-4.
With two minutes and 30 seconds to play the Devils looked like they’d wrapped it up when Stefan Speck drilled a goal for 5-4.
However, Stampede’s Brett Speirs scored with 30 seconds to go for 5-5.
The teams played five minutes of extra-time and the scores remained locked at 5-5.
In the shoot-out, the Devils scored on their second attempt via Chris Eaden whilst the Stampede missed their first two. Then the Devils’ Valery Konev scored after appearing to stop the puck and perform a 360 move.
Stampede players furiously remonstrated with the officials after the goal was allowed whilst the Devils celebrated and started popping the champagne.
The Stampede were on a stunning eight-game winning streak heading into the final. It’s the second year in a row they’ve come runner-up in the league.
Great, thanks for posting the video..well, whaddya' reckon? Goal or no goal? One thing that's not in dispute..it was a hell of a match, great final.
08 Sep 2012 11:40PMRyan
Clearly not a goal!
Here's a link to a video of the penalty shot courtesy of Source Teevee.
Bearing in mind for an ice hockey penalty shot the attacking player must be continuously moving forward towards the goal without stopping, take a look and see what you think! Should it have been allowed?
08 Sep 2012 11:30PMfastjetpilot9
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