Mariners appealing ruling of Jan. 18 Summerside game

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Jan. 18 game between Summerside Western Captials and Yarmouth Mariners. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

By Tina Comeau

THE VANGUARD

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The Yarmouth Mariners team has decided to appeal a ruling by the MHL league president, which determined that the results of a Jan. 18 game between Yarmouth and Summerside would stand.

The team cites inconsistencies of this ruling compared with others made in the league, in which rulings of officials were changed – specifically dealing with a recent suspension – and feels that the league constitution doesn't rule out the possibility of the league president overturning an on-ice call if evidence is conclusive that a mistake has been made.

The Mariners must submit a $500 fee to file an appeal.

Summerside won the Jan. 18 game in a shootout, that had already seen the Mariners celebrating a win when the last shot by Summerside hit the crossbar.

League president Derryl Smith doesn't dispute that Yarmouth was "wronged" saying video is clear that the shot was not a goal. But he says the constitution doesn't allow him to overturn an on-ice decision by an official. It called it the toughest ruling he's ever had to make.

Geographic location: Yarmouth

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