ECHL Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Ernst provided The Sin Bin an explanation for what led up to the disallowed goal in Tuesday night’s Wichita/Allen game.
Ernst says the Allen player was let out of the box after the clock malfunctioned following an icing. The player should have been in the box for an additional eight seconds and once the goal was scored, there should not have been an power play.
“It was brought to the officials attention after and the following rule was followed and done correctly,” Ernst said in an email.
Here is the rule referenced:
68.5 Disallowed Goal – If a penalized player returns to the ice from the penalty bench before his penalty has expired by his own error or the error of the Penalty Timekeeper, any goal scored by his own team while he (or his substitute) is illegally on the ice shall be disallowed but all penalties imposed on either team shall be served as regular penalties. The penalized player must return to serve his unexpired time (and an additional minor penalty if he left the penalty bench on his own).
If a player shall illegally enter the game from his own players’ bench or from any other location in the rink, any goal scored by his own team while he isillegally on the ice shall be disallowed but all penalties imposed on either team shall be served as regular penalties.
The official final of the game was 5-2.