The Washington Capitals’ AHL-affiliate Hershey Bears found themselves on the wrong side of a controversial goal call in Wednesday’s tilt against the Philadelphia Flyers‘ AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday.
With the game tied 1-1 in the third, Lehigh Valley was piling on the pressure and leading 33-16 in shots. With 8:31 to go in regulation, the puck got through the legs of Pheonix Copley and started trickling through the crease and toward the goal line. Lucas Johansen rushed back and swatted the puck away, stopping it from crossing the line, as the net came off its moorings. As the net became dislodged, Cal O’Reilly poked the puck in for a goal.
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Looking at the replay, it appears that the net comes off before the puck completely crosses the line. However, after an official review, it was determined that the puck completely crossed the line before the net came off. It was a good goal and ultimately held as the game-winner as the Bears fell 2-1 on the controversial goal.
Mike Vecchione scored the lone goal for Hershey in the loss. The Bears currently sit fourth in the Atlantic Division.