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02-26-2014, 12:09 PM
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chapel
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Depends on the game. I've had games where I had no penalties because everyone behaved. I've also had games that got out of hand because I should have called more penalties... and that's my fault as a referee for letting that happen.
Some refs are more lax on chippy plays and that can cause serious problems as the teams get more and more angry and sometimes can erupt into fights and injuries.
Also, some refs blow plays down right away, others let it play out. A play blown down early like a goalie tie up could have turned into a scoring chance, while letting it play out could result in a goal or an injury... or a fight.

So, yes. Refs do have some responsibility in the outcome AND the atmosphere of a game.
I was always more lenient during close games but made player safety a priority.

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