The Penguins were leading 3:1 in the German Ice Hockey League at the Iserlohn Roosters when an incomprehensible goal decision based on video evidence in favor of the Iserlohn side swung the game upside down. The Dismayed Penguins lost 4-5.
The Penguins were clearly superior for 40 minutes and, with a 3-1 lead, cruised to a well-deserved away win. But then an outrageous decision by referees Roman Gofman and Benjamin Hoppe put Iserlohn back on the line. The Roosters were outnumbered and put the pressure on, but the Penguins defended selflessly against the goal. After a shot from Casey Bailey (44th) became confused, the referees attempted video evidence. They had decided on the ice: no goal.
They then watched video footage of Bailey’s hit repeatedly for over five minutes. The footage shown on Magentasport was unclear, but it looked a lot like hitting the bar. But to the surprise, the referees decided on goal. Deciding based on television images is a scandal. Because one thing was definitely not to be seen: that the puck was clearly in it. And only then should the referees revise their decision on the ice. Thomas Popiesch was still at 180 half an hour after the game: “It’s gross negligence. It’s not just a bad decision, it’s malicious. If other people do something like that in their work , it costs them their job,” the Penguins coach said. “Every complete idiot saw the puck was on the crossbar. There are not two opinions. »
For the second time problems about video evidence
The Penguins are particularly upset as they were put at a disadvantage by outrageous video evidence last season. In the game against Straubing, a Penguins free kick was not given despite video evidence. The DEL later admitted the error – the penguins don’t use it anymore.
After the controversial goal, the inevitable happened: the Penguins were still struggling to make the decision and released Ryan O’Connor free in front of goal less than two minutes later. Goalkeeper Niklas Svedberg could not prevent the 3:3 (45th). And then Kaspars Daugavins was completely free and scored 4-3 for Iserlohn (51st). It was no less easy for Maciej Rutkowski with his goal to make it 5-3 (55th). A game in which the Penguins appeared to be the clear winner by two-thirds was announced. “Of course, we must not lose the thread. But it’s also human. You feel cheated”, said Popiesch. After all, the Penguins shortened 30 seconds before the end: Alex Friesen to 4:5. But more was not possible.
Wejse back in action after injury
The Penguins were without Miha Verlic and Philip Samuelsson, injured in Wednesday’s loss at Nuremberg. But striker Christian Wejse was back after a three-game injury break. The Dane followed on match day after the rest of the squad traveled directly from Nuremberg to Iserlohn.
Unlike Nuremberg, the Penguins were there immediately, barely allowed Iserlohn to build play and even brought some good moves on the ice. They always managed to finish just ahead of Roosters goalkeeper Andreas Jenike. Like Ziga Jeglic (4th) and Ross Mauermann (9th minute). The 1-0 lead three minutes later was deserved. After a superb set up by Phillip Bruggisser, who played a one-two with the band, Mauermann moved away irresistibly.
Iserlohn only had two chances in the first half. The first by new signing Toto Rech, who failed goalkeeper Niklas Svedberg. The second from John Broda, whose shot in the 14th minute made it 1-1. But when they were shorthanded, the Penguins restored the advantage. Alex Friesen prepared powerfully, took Dominik Uher with him and scored the “shorthander” to make it 2-1 (17th).
Andersen scores to make it 3-1 for the Penguins
Iserlohn won more shares in the second half of the game, but the Penguins allowed fewer shots on goal from the top positions than the hosts. Thus, goaltender Svedberg always had a chance to stop the puck. Even if he had to claim a little luck when a shot from Christopher Bigras escaped him from the glove (26th). The disc fell over the door. Even though there were chances on both sides, the Penguins still had the clearest actions. Markus Vikingstad (24th) and Greg Kreutzer (33rd) failed on goalkeeper Jenike.
When the Penguins were first shorthanded, Iserlohn had the great opportunity to score shorthanded as well. But Tim Bender shot just over when he went off on his own. Shortly after the moment of shock, the Penguins replied with the 3:1 (38th). Niklas Andersen was the goalscorer, he too was given way too much space in the middle by the Roosters. And in front of goal, Antti Tyrväinen did the “dirty job” of blocking the goalkeeper’s vision.
The outrageous decision by referees Roman Gofman and Benjamin Hoppe put Iserlohn back in the game. After the controversial 2:3, it happened as it had to: The Penguins were still fighting for the decision and two minutes later Ryan O’Connor s is cleared in front of goal. Svedberg could not prevent the 3:3 (45th minute). And then Kaspars Daugavins was completely free and scored 4-3 for Iserlohn (51st). It was no less easy for Maciej Rutkowski with his goal to make it 5-3 (55th). A game in which the Penguins appeared to be the clear winner by two-thirds was announced. At least the Penguins didn’t give up, shortening the power play with Alex Friesen to 4:5 with 30 seconds left on the power play. However, equalization was no longer possible.
Sunday home game against Straubing
With the home game against the Straubing Tigers (2 p.m.) on Sunday, a marathon of games for the Penguins comes to an end. They will then have played 16 games since December 1. Then, for the first time, there will be a longer break, and it will only continue on Sunday, January 15, in Wolfsburg. Tickets for the game against Straubing are available online. NORDSEE-ZEITUNG subscribers benefit from a reduction of one euro per ticket.
Iserlohn – Penguins 5:4 (1:2; 0:1; 4:1)
0:1 (11:48) Mauermann (Bruggisser, Jensen); 1:1 (13:50) Broda (Labrie, Ziegler); 1:2 (17:50) Uher (Friesen, Eminger) at 4/5; 1:3 (37:15) Andersen (Tyrväinen, Uher); 2:3 (43:37) Bailey (Cornel, Daugavins) at 5/4; 3:3 (44:59) O’Connor (Cornel, Ziegler); 4:3 (50:40) Daugavins (Poirier, Alanov); 5:3 (54:31) Rutkowski; 5:4 (59:30) Frisians (Jeglic, Bruggisser at 5/4, EA
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