Notre Dame's overturned goal at regulation buzzer against UND creates wide range of emotions
Notre Dame forward Adam Karashik's rebound shot as time expired in regulation was originally called a goal on the ice but after a lengthy review was ruled no goal.
ALBANY, N.Y. — When Notre Dame's Adam Karashik punched in a rebound at the regulation buzzer Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament against UND, the Fighting Irish mobbed each other on the ice and thought they had scored a remarkable game-winning goal.
But there was a lot left to unpack from this moment.
After the regulation goal was disallowed, Notre Dame eventually scored on the power-play in overtime to end the Fighting Hawks' season with a 2-1 win in MVP Arena but there was still plenty to discuss postgame from the controversial end to regulation.
With about 10 seconds left in the third period, Notre Dame's Landon Slaggert carried the puck deep into UND's zone on the penalty kill and fended off the pressure from UND's Connor Ford near the Fighting Hawks' net.
Slaggert's backhand attempt was stopped by UND goalie Zach Driscoll but Karashik came flying in out front to stuff in the rebound and the play was ruled a goal on the ice.
That sparked a roughly 10-minute video review. As on-ice officials looked at video replays in the penalty box, fans around the country were seeing ESPN replays with an unofficial game clock attached to the play. The ESPN replays appeared to show time remaining on the clock when the puck crossed the goal line. Other in-house replays, however, were showing a game clock clearly with no time remaining when Karashik met the puck.
To add to confusion, the MVP Arena lamp light to signal the end of the game appeared to not be in sync with the official time.
"I just based on what's on the scoreboard, and they're telling me there are two different clocks," Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson said. "We're playing to the scoreboard, not to a clock that isn't visible to anybody. When the green light goes on, I assumed that meant there was still time on the clock. At least that's the way it is in the NHL. The green light is attached to the scoreboard and clock. The green light went on so that to me, that's a goal."
Before the postgame press conferences began, the NCAA issued a statement regarding the play.
"The NCAA video replay system includes a burned-in camera view of the scoreboard clock, which is the official timing device," the statement said. "As many are aware, the ESPN program feed is not the official time. Additionally, the green light to signal the end of play is not an official part of the timing system.
"The overhead view that includes the scoreboard clock, which is synchronized with the video feed, clearly showed the clock expiring before the shot entered the goal. Therefore, the referees determined time had expired and there was no goal scored by Notre Dame."
After the play, many of Notre Dame's players stood near center ice in anticipation of a postgame handshake. UND players, meanwhile, all remained on the bench.
"You want to try get the call right and take as much time as you can and they did," UND coach Brad Berry said. "They took a lot of time and felt they made the right call. It gave us new life. I thought we had a lot of energy going into the locker room and coming out (for overtime). At the end of the day, you want to make sure you get the right call and they did."
After on-ice officials announced the disallowed goal, UND's bench erupted at the renewed opportunity.
"Obviously, it's devastating right away," UND defenseman Ethan Frisch said. "It's a feeling you can't prepare for. Our coaches did an excellent job keeping our head in it right after the call. We were quick enough to get video reviews upstairs and our guys we had looking at replays said it wasn't going to count and was definitely after time ran out and the buzzer just didn't go."
Jackson spoke to his team about last weekend's CCHA championship game in which Minnesota State-Mankato appeared to score the game-winning goal. But after an hour-long review, the teams were brought back on the ice as replays showed the net had been raised off the ice and the puck didn't cross the goal line. Mankato eventually beat Bemidji State in the restarted championship.
"I've been talking to them the last several weeks about never getting too high and never too low," Jackson said. "This stuff happens in this tournament for some reason. I'm really proud of these guys for staying focused because that's disheartening. I reminded them to remember what happened to Mankato last week because that's what happened today. It's disappointing it has to happen at this level but I'm proud of these guys responding."
Notre Dame goalie Matthew Galajda thought the Irish won in regulation.
"In that moment, it was pretty crazy the way that could've happened," Galajda said. "You're just trying not to get too excited. I don't get too excited that often. I tried to stay level-headed. If you have to keep fighting, keep fighting."
After killing off 26 seconds of UND power play to start overtime, the Irish capitalized on their own power play with Graham Slaggert's goal at 1 minute, 38 seconds of overtime.
"Obviously, we were excited about getting that (eventually disallowed) goal," Landon Slaggert said. "Having it called back, we had to regroup. We thought it was in but you have to bounce back and recollect yourself and get another one and that's what Graham did tonight."