Botched OT call forces teams to settle game the following day

Photo via belfastgiants.com
Photo via belfastgiants.com

The Elite Ice Hockey League’s Belfast Giants and Edinburgh Capitals completed a game Saturday that should have been finished Friday if not for a referee’s blown call.

Their Challenge Cup game ended at 3-3 in regulation since the referee did not know it should have included overtime.

Via BBC:

On Friday, officials blundered by ruling the game had ended in a 3-3 draw when it should actually have gone into a sudden-death additional 10 minutes.

Said the Elite Ice Hockey League in a statement:

The Challenge Cup match between Belfast Giants and Edinburgh Capitals on Friday 18th September 2015 was incorrectly called as a 3-3 final score at the end of regulation time.

Belfast and Edinburgh meet again tonight (Saturday) in an Elite League game at the SSE Arena.

The Challenge Cup overtime period - and penalty shots if needed - will be played before the start of the league game.

The Elite League would like to apologise for an on-ice error and for any inconvenience caused to supporters.

Tweeted referee Dean Smith:

Former Washington Capital Kris Beech scored the game-winner with 10 seconds remaining in the OT for Belfast.

After the overtime was finished, both teams played again where Belfast beat Edinburgh 5-2.

The Giants gave special discounts to those who attended Friday’s game and wanted to come to Saturday’s contest.

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