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For Team USA it was, “O Say Can You See We Got Jobbed.”

With no video replay in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup Team Canada escaped with a last-gasp goal by Dylan Cozens that shouldn’t have counted because the clock showed 0:00 on TSN’s feed before the puck had beaten goalie Dylan Wolf, then Josh Williams won it 1:44 into overtime in a wild and wacky 6-5 piece of entertainment Friday night.

So, Canada, who’ve won the under 18 summer championship nine of the last 10 years and 21 out of 27 live to fight another day against Sweden in Saturday’s gold-medal final while the Yanks lost a game they should have won on a hat-trick by Nick Robertson and a third-period goal by Luke Toporowski before Cozens fired a shot past Wolf

While it could have been Woe Canada for the home side, the Americans were singing the sad song and the ending clouded what was a fantastic hockey game on both sides with miscues, misfires, high-fives and brilliant plays.

Hockey Canada president Tom Renney definitely felt for the Americans.

The zebras huddled after the Cozens goal, and counted it, feeling it had beat the buzzer, with no TV look at it, although they didn’t count the first Robertson goal that was in and out and moved the water bottle until they talked it over and reversed the non-call. It was very hard to see the bottle bobbling to the naked eye.

“The bottom line is before the tournament it was decided there would be no video review because the three buildings (Red Deer, Rogers Place and the Downtown Community Rink) we were using, all don’t have that capacity,” said the former Oilers coach Renney.

“Last time I was facing this much media I was getting fired,” he laughed.

“It was decided and signed off on by all the teams for consistency and fairness that the officials would make the call on the ice. It seems like there was a discrepancy in terms of the end of the game and the call that was made but we’re not criticizing officials here,” said Renney, who must have felt like former NHL head of officials Bryan Lewis, trying to explain the explainable when the NHL allowed Brett Hull’s toe-in-the-crease Stanley Cup winner in 1999.

“If I’m the U.S. squad, I’m looking at this with a bit of a jaundiced eye as to what they have to do to win a hockey game. If I’m the U.S. squad, I’m scratching my head. They are owed some type of explanation and I’ll go and talk to them next,” said Renney.

Canadian coach Andre Tourigny admitted the ending would have left his team sour.

“If it had been us we’d have been frustrated for sure,” said Tourigny.
“It was a really tight call, and the rules are the rules.”

Tourigny picked the right guy Cozens on the last shift of the third.

“He was one of our best players today … lots of reasons to put him out there,” he said.

American coach Cory Laylin was heart-broken for his kids, who lost it when Williams got his second of the night, hammering a shot home as he came off the bench in overtime.

“It’s hard for the guys, they battled valiantly. I think they deserved better,” said Laylin. “I’m proud of how they handled it, it’s such an emotional time.”

Laylin knew there was no video replay in the tournament, but how did they count the first Robertson goal then after originally not allowing it?

“That’s a good point. That was my argument as well.”

The Americans led 3-2 after the first with American forward Aaron Huglen scoring on a lacrosse shot, flipping the puck onto his blade and casually back-handing it past Canadian goalie Nolan Maier.

“I’ve haven’t seen a lacrosse goal in a long time,” said Winnipeg Jets’ GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.

Alexix Lafreniere, Jamieson Rees and Xavier Parent had the other Canadian goals.

SWEDEN WINS WITH LAST-MINUTE GOAL

In a wild finish after a sleepy first 40 minutes, Swedish centre Karl Henriksson lifted his underdog club into the gold-medal game in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup with a goal with 45 seconds left Friday to defeat Russia 2-1.

After Russian winger Vasili Podkolzin went end-to-end, splitting the Swedish defence and back-handing a shot by goalie Hugo Alnefelt with 114 seconds to play, Henriksson stunned the favoured Russians in the last minute.

His 20-footer beat Russian goalie Yaroslav Askarov on the short side with the netminder too deep in his net because Henriksson had faked like he was going to pass.

The Swedes broke the scoreless tie on a power play 40-footer by one of the tournament’s best defencemen Philip Broberg six minutes into the third and looked like they might blank the Russians who had scored 18 goals in their three wins in Red Deer to top their pool before the probable top 10 2019 pick Podkolzin scored the goal of the tournament.

“No goals in the first, no goals in the second … and we knew then we were in a good position,” said Swedish coach Magnus Havelid. “Lucky (winning) goal maybe but it was our night.

“We didn’t have the power in our legs and we needed our heads. Sometimes you need a plan B, and you follow it.

“Maybe it was an ugly win for the group but we’re in the finals.”

Neither team had much gas in the tank because it was their fourth game in five days in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup with a fifth in six nights in the gold medal game upcoming Saturday.

E-mail: jmatheson@postmedia.com

On Twitter: @NHLbyMatty

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Full schedule released for 2018-19 Rogers Hometown Hockey tour

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This October, Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour, presented by Scotiabank, returns to the open road to visit 25 communities throughout the 2018-19 season.

Returning for a fifth cross-country adventure, the free family-friendly hockey celebration features two days of live entertainment, NHL alumni, local celebrities and hockey-themed activities for all ages. Running from Saturday through to Sunday evening, the festival culminates with an outdoor viewing party of a national NHL game broadcast hosted live by Ron MacLean and Tara Slone on Sportsnet.

The fifth season of Rogers Hometown Hockey premieres in Kitchener, ON, October 5-7, featuring a festive celebration of the 50th anniversary of Oktoberfest and an Original Six showdown between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks.

“With our 100th episode on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the incredible moments we’ve shared together on the Rogers Hometown Hockey journey,” said MacLean. “From St. John’s to Victoria to Whitehorse, Tara and I have had the privilege of honouring the tradition of hockey in Canada for the past four seasons – and we can’t wait to unearth all the surprises that this season will have in store.”

“In a hockey culture as rich as Canada, we still have so many stories to share this season,” said Slone. “As we hit the road for a season complete with special milestones and visits to new communities like CFB Esquimalt and Enoch Cree Nation, we look forward to uniting all Canadian communities through the sport they love – hockey.”

As seen in past seasons, each community stop along the 2018-19 Tour will be featured on Rogers Hometown Hockey, the weekly Sunday broadcast available on Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE or Sportsnet 360 and available to stream on Sportsnet NOW and Rogers NHL LIVE.

Live on location in each community, MacLean and Slone will host a pre-game, intermission and post-game show from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio, shining the spotlight on local culture, hockey history and unique stories of each hometown.

The NHL matchups and broadcast schedule for the fifth season ofRogers Hometown Hockey are as follows:

Rogers hometown hockey will be available every Sunday on Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE or Sportsnet 360 and available to stream on Sportsnet NOW and Rogers NHL Live.

Full schedule:

October 2018
• Oct. 5-7 – Kitchener, ON
Broadcast Matchup: Toronto @ Chicago, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

• Oct. 13-14 – Parry Sound, ON
Broadcast Matchup: Carolina @ Winnipeg, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet ONE & Sportsnet 360)

• Oct. 20-21 – London, ON
100th Episode Broadcast Matchup: Calgary @ N.Y. Rangers, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet ONE & Sportsnet 360)

• Oct. 27-28 – Burlington, ON
Broadcast Matchup: Ottawa @ Vegas, 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet ONE & Sportsnet 360)

November 2018
• Nov. 3-4 – Nepean, ON
Broadcast Matchup: Tampa Bay @ Ottawa, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

• Nov. 10-11 – Glace Bay, NS
Broadcast Matchup: New Jersey @ Winnipeg, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

• Nov. 17-18 – Mount Pearl, NL
Broadcast Matchup: Vegas @ Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

• Nov. 24-25 – Dieppe, NB
Broadcast Matchup: Calgary @ Arizona, 2:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. PT (Sportsnet)

December 2018
• Dec. 1-2 – Boisbriand, QC
Broadcast Matchup: San Jose @ Montreal, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

• Dec. 8-9 – Aurora, ON
Broadcast Matchup Doubleheader
Montreal @ Chicago, 5:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)
Calgary @ Edmonton, 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

• Dec. 15-16 – Chatham-Kent, ON
Broadcast Matchup: Tampa @ Winnipeg, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

• Dec. 22-23 – Mississauga, ON
Holiday Broadcast Matchup: Detroit @ Toronto, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

• Dec. 29-30 – Collingwood, ON
Broadcast Matchup: Vegas @ Arizona, 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

January 2019
• Jan. 5-6 – Strathcona County, AB
Broadcast Matchup: Edmonton @ Anaheim, 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

• Jan. 12-13 – Langley, BC
Broadcast Matchup: Florida @ Vancouver, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

• Jan.19-20 – West Kelowna, BC
Broadcast Matchup: Arizona @ Toronto, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

February 2019
• Feb. 2-3 – Leduc, AB
Broadcast Matchup: Edmonton @ Montreal, 1:30 p.m. ET / 10:30 a.m. PT (Sportsnet)

• Feb. 9-10 – Whistler, BC
Broadcast Matchup: Toronto @ N.Y. Rangers, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

• Feb. 16-17 – CFB Esquimalt, BC
Support Our Troops Broadcast Matchup: Montreal @ Florida, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

• Feb. 23-24 – Okotoks, AB
Broadcast Matchup: Calgary @ Ottawa, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

March 2019
• March 2-3 – Winkler, MB
Broadcast Matchup: Winnipeg @ Columbus, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

• March 9-10 – Steinbach, MB
Broadcast Matchup: Winnipeg @ Washington, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

• March 16-17 – Lethbridge, AB
Broadcast Matchup: Vancouver @ Dallas, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

• March 23-24 – Enoch Cree Nation, AB
Broadcast Matchup: Montreal @ Carolina, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

• March 30-31 – Saskatoon, SK
Broadcast Matchup: Calgary @ San Jose, 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

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Hometown Hockey to visit Burlington Oct. 27-28

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Rogers Hometown Hockey is coming to Burlington.

The hockey festival hosted by Ron MacLean and Tara Slone on Sportsnet will be making its stop in the city Oct. 27-28. The free two-day celebration of hockey will feature two days of live entertainment, NHL alumni, local celebrities and hockey-themed activities. The weekend activities wraps up with an outdoor viewing party of the NHL game between the Ottawa Senators and the Vegas Golden Knights.

“We are thrilled to host Rogers Hometown Hockey in Burlington,” said Mayor Rick Goldring. “It’s not every day we get to showcase our beautiful city to the rest of Canada.”

Now in its fifth season, Hometown Hockey features the community it visits during its Sunday NHL broadcast on Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet 360, highlighting local culture, hockey history and unique stories.

Hometown Hockey will visit in the midst of the Gift of Giving Back food drive. The largest food drive in Canada was started by Burlington Eagles hockey teams and has since expanded to include numerous sports, community and school groups in three cities. It has collected more than 575,000 pounds of food in each of the last two years and more than 2.6-million pounds since it began in 2005.

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Hometown Hockey tour to launch from Strathcona County

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Strathcona County will host the first Alberta stop in next year's Hometown Hockey festival that will culminate in an outdoor viewing party of the game between Edmonton Oilers and the Anaheim Ducks.


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Strathcona County will host the first Alberta stop in next year’s Hometown Hockey festival that will culminate in an outdoor viewing party of the game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Anaheim Ducks.

Running from Jan. 5 to Jan. 6, the festival will include NHL alumni, local celebrities, entertainment and hockey-themed activities for all ages.

The on-location shoot hosted by Ron MacLean and Tara Sloane will also include a pre-game, intermission and post-game show from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio that will shine a “spotlight on Strathcona County’s unique community, strong hockey history and personal local hockey stories.”

“Hockey is something our entire community can gather around – whether you are player, coach or a die-hard fan,” Mayor Rod Frank said in a statement following Tuesday’s official announcement.

“Hockey is a way of life in Strathcona County. With nearly 40 indoor and outdoor ice surfaces in our community, we have many hockey highlight moments, from first skates all the way up to the NHL.”

Beginning in October, Hometown Hockey will visit 25 communities throughout Canada. The Alberta tour will also visit Leduc from Feb. 2-3, Okotoks from Feb. 23-24, Lethbridge from March 16-17 and Enoch Cree Nation from March 23-24.

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