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During a 9-year-old game this past weekend, the game was delayed by the previous novice game while the half-ice boards were removed. The scheduled start time for the 9-year old game was 5:15pm but the ice was not available until 5:25pm. The referees in the 9-year-old game cut the clock to 2 minutes at 6:11pm becuase they thought that they had to finish the game by 6:15pm.
What we Learned
Your determination for cutting the clock is not the scheduled start time but when the ice was available. In most cases, the ice being available is the same as the start time. However, in this case, the ice was available at 5:25pm not 5:15pm due to circumstances beyond the control of the 5:15pm game (i.e the 4pm game was delayed getting the half-ice boards off the ice). Therefore, the referees should have cut the clock (if necessary) at 6:21pm if the situation met the criteria for cutting the clock. See criteria in the button to the right to review the 4-3-2 rule for cutting the clock.
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