The scorer of the controversial Phantom goal: Adam Payerl (l.)
Photo: Eibner Pressefoto / Heike Feiner / imago images / Eibner
The German Ice Hockey League (DEL) does not want to draw any conclusions despite a "phantom goal" in the game between the Augsburg Panthers and the Nürnberg Ice Tigers (3: 1) on Sunday evening.
After checking the video recordings, the league officials admitted that when the Augsburg player Adam Payerl scored, the puck "apparently entered the goal from the side through the goal net", but also emphasized: "The review has no influence on the game score."
Payerl had increased to 3-0 for the hosts towards the end of the second period (38th).
Despite the request from Nuremberg's attacker Ryan Stoa, the referees did not want to check the scene by video.
From the perception of the referees, there was "no reason for video evidence" in the game, the DEL announced.
"League and referee regret that the scene in the game was not rated correctly," it said.
Nuremberg's manager Stefan Ustorf had already pointed out the crack in the net of the affected goal to the team around the main referees Andrew Bruggeman and Andre Schrader as well as the ice master while warming up - apparently in vain: Just at this point, Payerl's shot flew into the goal.
"We also regret that our references to the hole in the goal net before the game and immediately after the scene were apparently not enough to convince the referees to check the goal in the video evidence," said Ustorf.
Previously, the referees had used the video evidence for two crossbar hits in the game.
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