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Friday, May 05, 2006

While You Were Out

I refuse to play your Chinese food mind games!
Wiseman scores! (Heather Sperrazza/HWP photo)

The Hartford Wolf Pack evened-up their playoff series with the Portland Pirates at 1 game apiece on Thursday night, after dropping the Pirates in overtime, 3-2, on a controversial goal by Chad Wiseman.

I wasn't at the game, nor was I able to listen in on the radio-- I was at a concert down in Bridgeport with Mrs. Brushback (it's our First Anniversary next week, send us some gifts)-- so, here's the recap of the goal as it appeared in today's Hartford Courant:

Chad Wiseman's backhander off a scramble on a power play 3:22 into overtime gave the Wolf Pack a 3-2 victory over the Portland Pirates Thursday night.

But it took about three minutes for referee Chris Ciamaga to determine if Wiseman's shot under a sprawling Jani Hurme crossed the goal line before he stopped play.

I'm sensing something very Canadian about this place
Courant photo

Thomas Pock set the decisive play in motion with a pass to the right circle to Jarkko Immonen, whose pass through the crease found Giroux at the post. Hurme stopped Giroux's shot, but Wiseman, camped in front, poked in the rebound a split second before Ciamaga raised his arms.

Wait, I thought Johnny Potsmoker was MY alter ego
Chris Rutsch photo

"The light went on kind of delayed, and I don't know if any of the officials were really in good position to see if it went in or not," Wiseman said. "I somehow managed to contain Alexandre Giroux's shot on my backhand and just whacked at it, watched it go in and put my hands up. I don't know who made the final call, but it's a good thing they made the right call. There's no question the puck was in."

I guess you think, ya know, you're an authority figure. With that stupid fucking uniform. Huh, buddy? ... King Clip-on Tie here. Big fucking man.... You know, these are the limits of your life, man. Ruler of your little fucking gate here. There's your four dollars. You pathetic piece of shit
Courant photo

When the Pirates disputed the goal, Ciamaga consulted linesmen Jim Briggs and Marty Demers, who couldn't tell if the puck had crossed the line. Ciamaga then consulted goal judge Jim McCaffrey, who reaffirmed why he had turned on the goal light.

Pirates coach Kevin Dineen saw it differently and got a gross misconduct and automatic fine for arguing.

"You saw [Ciamaga's] arms waving and the players let up," Dineen said. "I can argue until the cows come home, but that's just the nature of the business. Obviously the puck was in, but there are four very strong opinions - ours, the Wolf Pack's, the ref's and the right one."

There are an infinite number of monkeys outside, who want to talk to us about this script for Hamlet they have worked out

Because of scheduling conflicts with the Hartford Civic Center, the next four games of the series will be played in Portland, with Game Seven to be played in Hartford if necessary.