In a letter to Medway principal Richard Pearson, the MIAA upheld a decision to let the result of a playoff game stand after it was disrupted by an adult pointing a laser at the Medway/Ashland girls' hockey team.
In a Division 1 playoff game between Winthrop and Medway/Ashland Feb. 29, an adult used a hand-held laser in an attempt to distract Medway/Ashland girls' hockey players, including goalie Kathryn Hamer. That adult has been barred from future Winthrop athletic events, according to administrators.
The MIAA invoked the National Federation Ice Hockey rules, indicating that there could be no appeal of the result, a 3-1 loss for Medway/Ashland, because of the rules.
The letter states: "Accordingly, the MIAA affirms that the decision of the referees shall be final."
Barry Haley, the tournament director, told the Globe on Thursday the laser pointing had no influence over the outcome.
"As far as we can determine it didn’t impact the game at all," Haley said. "This was an adult. It wasn’t a student. I want to compliment [Winthrop athletic director] Peter Gobiel and their administration. They've been great. But it's unfortunate."
Here is the MIAA's letter:
Dear Mr. Pearson,
Please be advised the MIAA is in receipt of your letter of appeal of the final results of the Medway vs. Winthrop Girls’ Ice Hockey game played February 29, 2012. While your advocacy for the Girls’ Ice Hockey team is appreciated and the extenuating circumstances you cite respected, Association members schools are obliged to honor the standards of the National Sport Code adopted by the membership. MIAA Girls’ Ice Hockey is governed by National Federation Ice Hockey Rules.
Section 3, Article a. of the National Federation Ice Hockey Rules reads, in part related to your appeal: “The referees shall have jurisdiction over the game upon entry on the ice prior to the game until the ice is cleared of contestants after the game. The referees shall enforce all rules and shall rule on situations not specifically covered by rule. In case of any dispute, the decision of the referees shall be final and there shall be no appeal.”
Accordingly, the MIAA affirms that the decision of the referees shall be final.
For your information the MIAA Assembly, acting on a recommendation of an Ad Hoc Committee appointed by Board of Directors, voted that all interscholastic athletic contest controversies would be resolved by the process identified by the rules of the relevant National Sport Code (cited above).
In closing, please know that the MIAA Ice Hockey Committee will consider this incident while reviewing standards to insure optimal tournament experiences for all.
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