January 4, 2007
Americans upset replay not used on shot
By TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun
LEKSAND, Sweden -- Ron Rolston wishes the International Ice Hockey Federation would use the tools it has at its disposal.
The United States coach was upset but controlled after yesterday's 2-1 shootout loss to Canada after referee Ulf Ronnmark refused to use video review to look at Pat Kane's second attempt in the shootout.
"If you have it at the tournament, you have to use it," Rolston said. "In that case especially when the goaltender's pads were clearly three-fourths in the net. I think they would at least look at it. You can't see the puck in the net, but you have to speculate."
Kane, on the fourth U.S. attempt, shot into the pads of goalie Carey Price. The netminder slid on his knees backward into the net, and when he popped up, he twisted his body slightly and the puck appeared a few inches in front of the goal line.
IIHF spokesman Szymon Szemberg said the officiating committee and tournament chairman Frank Gonzalez reviewed the video and determined that no shot showed the puck clearly over the goal line. But the IIHF did think Ronnmark should have reviewed the play immediately.
Had it been determined by the IIHF after the game that Kane had scored, bedlam would have ensued. Szemberg said it was hypothetical the shootout could have been re-done, long after the teams had left.
ADDING TWO IN 2008?
A report that the world junior championship will go to 12 teams in 2008 was played down by a Hockey Canada official who wished to remain anonymous. The report indicated the IIHF would likely decide at meetings in May to allow all 10 teams in the tournament now to remain, and add Denmark and Kazakhstan, who won the Pool B titles. But the Hockey Canada official said there had been "minor backroom talk" about the issue and was not sure how far the idea would get in May.
Not only are the Canadian players getting lots of support here, they are getting plenty from Canada. Among the well-wishers via email have been former world junior participants as well as Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie and singer Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea.