The Goalie initiated the contact when she dove out after her own rebound. That's why the referee was calling a tripping penalty. The "contact" was the goalie committing a trip
Not to mention it was a bang/bang play. The goalie, contact or not, was going to have no chance to make that save
Fix was in
All goals that were scored during the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship were reviewed by the IIHF Video Goal Judge Operations. The overtime goal scored by Team Finland against Team USA was reviewed and disallowed by the Video Goal Judge Operations, due to non-incidental goaltender interference.
Two IIHF Playing Rules were considered in this instance:
-According to IIHF Playing Rule 186 v. Goaltender and Goal/Goal Crease Disallowed: An attacking skater who makes contact other than incidental with a goaltender who is out of his goal crease during game action will be assessed a minor penalty for interference. If a goal is scored at this time, it will not count.
-According to IIHF Playing Rule 183 ii. Protection of a Goaltender: Incidental contact is allowed when the goaltender is in the act of playing the puck outside his goal crease, provided the attacking skater makes a reasonable effort to minimize or avoid such contact.
Taking these two rules into consideration, the IIHF Video Goal Judge Operations determined that the goal must be disallowed.
During the play, the on-ice official called a penalty for Tripping on the USA goaltender. Penalties that are assessed on-ice are not reviewable by the Video Goal Judge. The VGJ cannot assess or cancel a penalty. The decision to uphold the penalty was made by the on-ice official.
And then there's that. So tell me again how the goalie initiated the contact? she reaches for the puck and gets run over by the Finnish attacker.
"The refs did make one possible mistake: penalizing the USA goalie for tripping. It is very difficult to justify penalizing a goalie who reaches for a loose puck on a rebound with her glove. Regardless, the officials cannot use video to overturn a minor penalty (IIHF Rule 99).
Ultimately, it was a very tight play but the right call was made. It hurts for everyone. It hurts Finland and their fans, it hurts the profile of the game, and it hurts the officials(!) Even when the right call is made, the officials still carry it with them for a long time.
For those who have asked: Yes, IIHF rules also call for the Finnish player to be penalized for goalie interference. However, IIHF Rule 99 does not permit penalties to be assessed via video review. If it wasn’t called by the referees on the ice, it cannot be called."