WALL, NJ - There was some controversy in the second period on the ice between the Edison Township and Ocean Township hockey teams, but it wasn’t between the players.
Edison had a goal disallowed when the referee became apparently confused over whom he called a penalty on.
The referee originally intended to call a delayed penalty on Edison, but did not blow the whistle until Edison gained control of the puck and ended up scoring
The referee waived off the goal, which would have made the score 2-2, and Edison Township ended up with a penalty instead of tying the game up.
“I would say that while the call did not cost us the game, it directly affected our momentum,” said Edison coach Russell Berner. “Obviously going from tying the game up, to losing that goal really put us in a hole, but the boys showed composure and stuck to the game plan.”
The goal occurred a good 10-15 seconds after the delayed penalty was called, and it seemed as though everyone in the rink thought it was a call against Ocean, but the referee waived off the goal, which would have made the score 2-2 early in the second period. Ocean didn't score on the power play, however they scored soon thereafter.
The final score of the game was 6-4 inj favor of Ocean Township.
Notable performances were by William DiSano-Dominic with 17 saves and Robert Distefano with two goals and two assists.
Daniel Lesch and Parker McKenna each scored a goal with assist to Michael Tutalo and Thomas Wales.
Robert Distefano's two goals now have him fifth in the state for goals, with 18, in nine games.