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Controversial call keeps U.S. out of gold-medal game at Hlinka Gretzky Cup

By @MichaelCaples –

It had the makings of a memorable hockey moment for a young group of Americans.

Big comeback against rival Canada. ‘Michigan move’ goals. Gold-medal game appearance on the line at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

Then, Canada forced overtime in the final second of regulation. On a goal that clearly shouldn’t have counted.

That’s not a biased take – it’s a fact basically agreed upon by both teams. However, before the tournament had started, everybody also agreed on something else – that they wouldn’t use instant replay for the prestigious tournament.

Earlier games were played in rinks that didn’t have the capabilities necessary for proper replay.

However, Dylan Cozens’ goal at the 60:02 mark of regulation – the goal that erased the Americans’ comeback and lead in the pivotal contest – came at Rogers Place…the home of the Edmonton Oilers.

Here’s the goal:


Josh Williams would score the final goal for Canada 1:44 into the extra period, giving Canada a spot in the gold-medal game, and relegating the U.S. to the consolation contest against Russia.

“I feel for everyone — for our kids too. They know what happened,” said Tom Renney, CEO of Hockey Canada, to Sportsnet. “If I’m the U.S. squad, I’m kind of scratching my head, wondering what might have happened here. They are owed some type of an explanation and I’ll go in and see them next.”

ESPN’s Chris Peters was all over the coverage from Edmonton; here is some of his info:


And one note from The Athletic’s Corey Pronman:

It was still a heck of a game, and an impressive showing from some of the Michigan boys. Nicholas Robertson recorded a hat trick, while Josh Nodler and Arthur Kaliyev both recorded two assists apiece.

Robertson’s third goal, and a goal from Luke Toporowski 1:35 later, turned a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 lead for Team USA in the later stages of the third period.

Team USA will battle for bronze at 5 p.m. today.

Oh yeah, and speaking of ‘Michigan move’ goals – here was one of the more favorable highlights from the evening:

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