The U18 AAA Straightline Dodge Rangers are down 2-0 to the Calgary Buffaloes in the Alberta Elite Hockey League finals.
And game two on Sunday (Mar. 20) had its share of controversy, to say the least.
It was in the third overtime period, game tied 2-2, that Buffaloes forward Kaiden Wiltsie took a shot that hit the post and bounced back out. However, the referee called it a goal and Calgary won the game.
“It’s one of those things that’s out of our control at this point. There is a process in place for Hockey Alberta if we want to file an official protest but ultimately, the game is ended and we need to prepare to win three games over the next five days,” said Rangers' head coach Brett Cox.
Many Rangers parents and fans took to social media to express their anger about the call, comment on the issues of only having only one referee on the ice during a game like this, and question not having a goal judge.
“[Our] players are young, they’re emotional and we have no doubt they’re going to come out prepared to play. But the emotion that can be supplied by the fans will be well needed as we play a tough team.”
Kyle Marsden and Bronson Seymour were the two goal-scorers for Fort Saskatchewan.
Now down two games in their best of five series, it is do-or-die for the U18 AAA Rangers. Their next game is on Wednesday at the JRC -- puck drop is at 6:15 p.m.