High School Hockey Team Attempts To Use Two Goalies, Hopes No One Notices
Tenafly (NJ) High School's hockey team had a tall order on Sunday in trying to beat St. Joseph’s of Montvale, which was ranked among the top 20 in the state. So Tenafly's coaches figured hey, if St. Joseph's can't score, they can't win -- so they put two goalies in front of their net.
When the refs prepared to drop the puck and saw one team with two goalies and four skaters, they put a stop to the shenanigans.
Tenafly playing with two goalies at opening faceoff.. Called for delay of game.. pic.twitter.com/YrczFrinBx
— New Jersey Hockey (@HockeyAdvantage) December 21, 2015
Tenafly's coaches argued that there was nothing in the rulebook that prevented them from using two goalies, so why not? But the refs called them for a delay of game penalty anyway.
Not sure about the high school rules in New Jersey, but in the governing rulebooks it is indeed illegal:
IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) Rule 27 i:
"Game rules will not allow for a team to have fewer than four players
(one goaltender and three skaters, resultant of penalties) or more
than six players (one goaltender and five skaters or six skaters) on
the ice during game action."
USA Hockey Rule 203(c):
Each team shall be allowed one goalkeeper on the ice at any time during the game.
Result on Sunday's game? Tenafly lost, 10-0.
Surprisingly, the two-goalie ploy was once legal. North Providence (RI) High School coach Dick Ernst used to employ the tactic in the 1960s. Ernst, in Scouting The Refs:
"Among my many unique hockey defenses and strategies, I resorted to using two goalies in 1965 against the great Joe Cavanagh-led Cranston East team. Not realizing the situation, Joe won the opening face-off, raced around a defender, faked around the first goalie and looked up to see his shot blocked by the second goalie."
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