The Salt Lake Golden Eagles didn't have it in their power plays and certainly didn't get any help from the referees Saturday in their 3-1 loss to the Phoenix Roadrunners. A bad call and missed opportunities proved damaging.
The Eagles will now return home to play Peoria on Tuesday in the Salt Palace.The game started with Phoenix scoring the only goal in the first period. The two teams then went scoreless in the second. Phoenix went up 2-0 five minutes into the third, but Salt Lake responded when Martin Simard took a pass from Rich Chernomaz on the fly and beat the Phoenix goalie.
A few minutes later Salt Lake thought it had tied the game when Simard scored again. Referee Bob Martel, however, ruled the puck had been kicked in.
"The call had a definite influence on the outcome," said Eagle coach Bob Francis. He noted that in reviewing the tape it had been a good score.
Salt Lake, too, was weak in the power play area. For the night they were zero-for-9.