Austin O’Neil tallied unassisted with 32 seconds remaining in the third period to lift his Princeton Posse to a 4-3 victory over the Kamloops Storm at Memorial Arena on Saturday.
As it turns out, O’Neil could have missed, Kamloops could have turned up ice and scored and the final horn could have sounded — and the Posse still would have won.
The Storm were deemed to have used an ineligible player in the contest and have been assessed a default loss.
KIJHL president Larry Martel said it was a clerical error, one that has led to a one-game suspension of de facto head coach Jassi Sangha, who will not be behind the bench when the Storm play host to Beaver Valley at Memorial Arena on Friday.
Game time is 7 p.m.
Sangha is not the Storm’s official head coach. That title belongs to Johnathan Dewar, who is serving a 20-game suspension for team tampering charges.
Two tampering charges, which came with a $10,000 team fine and a one-year suspension for owner Barry Dewar, were levied in July after BC Hockey determined Dewar was involved in improperly attempting to recruit two players who were carded with another KIJHL team.
Each tampering charge was accompanied by a 10-game suspension for the team’s head coach.
Kamloops is appealing the decision.
The Storm appointed Johnathan Dewar, Barry’s son, head coach to incur the 20-game suspension so Sangha was not punished.
On Sunday, the 100 Mile House Wranglers will visit Kamloops to play the Storm.
Game time is 5 p.m. at Memorial Arena.