Why a key U.S. goal vs. Canada was called back for goalie interference

Canada's Adam Fantilli, 19, and Owen Beck, 8, collide with USA's Luke Mittelstadt, 21, as Charlie Stramel, 28, skates to the puck during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship semifinal action in Halifax on Wednesday, January 4, 2023. (Darren Calabrese/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

A key goal for the Americans was called back after Canada requested video review for goalie interference midway through their world junior hockey championship semifinal on Tuesday in Halifax.

Canadian goalie Thomas Milic made the initial save on a shot by Luke Hughes as American Jackson Blake was driving to the net. Blake picked up the rebound, spun around and made contact with Milic’s head or shoulder in the crease before he put the puck in to tie it at 3-3.

Blake also appeared to be shoved by Canadian defenceman Owen Zellweger.

Canadian coach Dennis Williams challenged the call and after a lengthy review, referee Anssi Salonen called the goal back.

According to rule 69.1 of the IIHF rule book, “Goals should be disallowed only if: an attacking Player, either by their positioning or by a “relevant contact”, impairs the Goalkeeper’s ability to move freely within their Goal Crease or defend their goal; or an attacking Player initiates intentional or deliberate contact with a Goalkeeper, inside or outside of their Goal Crease.”

Very quickly, ‘ NO GOAL’ started trending in Canada on Twitter.

Several minutes later, Joshua Roy scored for Canada to give the home side a two-goal lead.

Here is a sampling of some of the reaction to the call on social media.

In the third period, another American goal was overturned because of goalie interference.

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With his team leading 4-2, Milic had the puck under his pad before American Rutger McGroarty poked it loose and in.

Again, Williams challenged the call — and again, Canada got the result it wanted.

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