Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

L. Kings Lose on Disputed Goal

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

L. Kings Lose on Disputed Goal

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Jacksonville Lizard Kings goaltender Ray LeBlanc believed he should have been preparing for a shootout at the end of regulation instead of skating off the Coliseum ice tagged with a 3-2 loss to Pee Dee last night.

Two third-period Lizard Kings goals in front of 2,558 should have tied the game at 2-2, LeBlanc said, which would have given Jacksonville a chance to reach .500 for the first time this season. Instead, a questionable goal in the second period turned out to be what kept the Lizard Kings from their third victory in as many tries against the Pride.

"It's a kick in the teeth," said LeBlanc, who stopped 29 shots. "This was a big game for us."

The controversial goal came 4:21 into the second period. Peter Geronazzo's shot clinked off the crossbar and appeared to bounce just in front of the goal line before settling under LeBlanc -- but the goal judge ruled it had crossed the goal line. The call gave Pee Dee a 2-0 lead.

"I watched it go over my head and hit the crossbar," LeBlanc said. …

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