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It’s the phantom goal that has made hockey highlights all over Canada, and was best captured by NTV reporter Ryan Harding.

The third-period goal proved to be the winner, lifting the Harbour Grace CeeBee Stars to a dramatic 4-3 win over the Clarenville Caribous in the fifth and deciding game of the Herder Memorial Trophy final.

Today, days after that controversial Herder clinching-goal, Hockey Newfoundland issued a statement.

The organization overseeing the game in this province contends the goal should never have counted but says there’s nothing they can do at this point.

In a statement released this afternoon, Hockey NL said it can not overturn the in-game decision of the referee, noting these calls rest with the officials on the ice.

The Clarenville Caribous have filed a protest against the result, but Hockey NL says protests can not overturn a judgment call on the ice.

With the win, the CeeBees now earn the right to represent the province at next year’s Allan Cup.