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The Phantom Menace: Serikow keeps Huskies alive
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März 24, 2003; 22:58
The Phantom Menace: Serikow keeps Huskies alive
Cologne and Kassel: Series headed for game 7 after controversial goal
Frank Johne

220-lbs wingman Thomas Daffner: “It takes a lot to bring me down”

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Munich, Germany - Alexander Serikow scored a phantom goal in the second period as the Kassel Huskies rallied from a 2-0 first-period deficit to stay alive in their first-round series against defending champion Kölner Haie. The controversial powerplay tally capped a 3-2 (0-2, 1-0, 2-0) comeback victory Sunday afternoon, forcing game 7 in Cologne on Tuesday.

Unhappy about the controversial call: Hans Zach, aka “The Volcano of the Alpes”
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With the game tied at 2-2 and just under seven minutes to go in regulation, Serikow’s shot from the near slot first hit the bottom of the crossbar, then bounced onto the goal line and out of the crease. Head official Gerhard Müller immediately reviewed the play.

Head coach: “No goal.” – Referee: “Goal, period.”

„It was not a goal“, Haie head coach Hans Zach said. “No camera angle in the world can prove that the puck went across the line. It’s bad to see a game end like this.”

Although the overhead camera angle, which is the only one available to the referee, did not show conclusive evidence, referee Gerhard Müller let the goal count.

“In my view, it was a goal. And it’s going to stand, period”, Müller said after the game.

Daffner airborne - even more controversy

The decision cannot be revoked by the league.

“I respect the referee’s decision”, Zach added, “but it’s disappointing that he doesn’t admit his mistake.”

What made the goal even more controversial was the penalty call that preceded the powerplay goal. Huskies forward Thomas Daffner sped into the Haie zone, defenseman Brad Schlegel put his stick between his legs and Daffner went airborne.

“That was clearly a dive”, Zach said.

“It takes a lot to bring me down”, 220-lbs winger Daffner said. “So the official had to make the call.”

Kassel puts on second-period rally

With 5,233 in attendance at Kassel’s Eissporthalle, the Haie picked it up right where they had left in game 5. Behind early powerplay goals from Dwayne Norris and Mickey Elick, Cologne jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead. But Kassel managed to hang in and evened the score late in the second on tallies from Andreas Loth and Sven Valenti.
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