Posted by PetefromNorthofBoston
You make some really valid arguments here. It is a tuff call. Its easier to sit on this side and judge it. And I hear you about how setting presidence may not be a good idea, but really, replaying the game, other than costing $$$$, would be the right thing to do. I think we all knew they wouldn't do it. I hope the next team playing W/L, puts 15 goals in the net, cleanly with talent, no chippy stuff just stuff the puck. Maybe they were the better team against Medway but I dont think this year we will ever really be 100% sure. I just don't want them to advance without confidence they deserve to be there.
It seems that the MIAA's statement using the Officials Rule during the game should not have applied here. What the MIAA is saying is the ref, if he found reason, should have called the game then and there and given the win to Medway. I think if this were to happen again, you would probably see that call made, but without being sure there would be no way an official would have made that call in that game. They probably didn't even know they could call that at that time, they figured throw him out and we're done. Didn't bank on 2 more goals in a matter of a minute to turn the game into a loss for Medway.
And really, if someone threw a water bottle during a scoring opportunity and it caused someone to fall, then yes, the fair/right thing to do was to make the goalie make another stop that would have been against a valid shot, and if it goes in it was on a valid shot. But that would be a judgment call on that day, just as this was a judgement call today on an incident that should never have happened. Just this circumstance alone has caused presidence to be set.
The problems with the MIAA are deep. The football game, and now this, are starting to show the holes in such a body. They make up rules, then don't follow them, or they have rules they can use in any situation to make the situation fit their needs. In this case, they didn't even look at the taunting rule, which is really the place to look, considering it "governs" the stands too, they made that rule to include specatators but now that there is a "big controversy" they use some rule about its the refs call. Anything but actually have a hearing including all parties and making a valid decision with valid points (or maybe they did???)
If I was a parent for Medway I would be livid. After a long season and lots of $$ spent by parents, its sad to have lost in such a way. And where are the morals of the W/L team, and the coach, and the AD. They have not taken any responsibility for this, its sad. I'm hoping I go home tonight and watch the news and see a bunch of W/L parents sticking together saying it was wrong and we are sorry it happened, and shaking the hands of the Medway parents. Bet that just wont happen, as they seem to think they still deserve this. All that anyone ever wants today is accountability and an apology. The MIAA by making a NO CALL on this has set the stage for other incidents between W/L and whomever they play in the future as this will always be on players/parents minds.
We will see what happens if by some fluke they get to the finals... that will really be a good one for the MIAA to deal with. My applogies for another long post, to anyone that is thinking shut up.. I will....