Monday, March 10, 2008

An eight-overtime marathon

Our pal Neate Sager passed along this great little story coming out of the Michigan high school championship:
They were hugging and smiling. They were congratulating one another. They were players from both teams.

After eight overtimes in the Division 1 state championship hockey game Saturday, players from both Marquette and Orchard Lake St. Mary's huddled together, posed for pictures and lifted the state championship trophy.

The score was 1-1 after 109 minutes of play, and the Michigan High School Athletic Association declared co-champions.
Great stuff.


At 3:18 p.m., March 10, 2008, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

109 minutes TOTAL or 109 of overtime? One is very impressive, and one is not :)

As a player, I would have wanted to continue. Tying is fine, except in championship games. Hell, use a frickin shootout if you are hellbent.

At 3:50 p.m., March 10, 2008, Anonymous mc keeper said...

three 15 minute periods and eight 8 minute overtimes, 109 minutes total

At 3:53 p.m., March 10, 2008, Blogger Matt said...

When you said 8-minute overtime, I was thinking 220 minutes, but as I read on, it wasn't even half of that.

I'm assuming it wasn't 20/20/20/6/6/6/6/6/6/6/6. How does the time break up for highschool hockey?

At 3:55 p.m., March 10, 2008, Blogger Matt said...

It seems mc keeper has clarified.

Play on boys!! No one wins in a tie!

At 5:08 p.m., March 10, 2008, Blogger Kirk said...

Weak! Why are we so happy giving every child a medal? You're not all winners and you're not all above average. Get used to it.

At 6:08 p.m., March 10, 2008, Blogger sager said...

It was the two best teams out of whoever many teams there are in Division 1 boys hockey in Michigan, which is a hotbed of the sport.

That sounds like they were above-average and winners, relatively speaking. I like a "political correctness run amuck" rant as much as the next guy -- sorry, person -- but it doesn't seem to fit here.

At 6:26 p.m., March 10, 2008, Blogger McLea said...

That sounds like they were above-average and winners, relatively speaking

So how come these Division 1 superstars couldn't score more than one goal a piece in 109 minutes?

Alberta Div 5 > Michigan Div 1

At 9:32 p.m., March 10, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

How is it that this discussion degrades into "Canada is better than America!!" What does that have to do with anything?

At 10:18 p.m., March 10, 2008, Blogger sager said...

You do know that the two longest NHL games in history each ended 1-0?

What about the Sabres and Devils playing a 1-0 four-overtime game in '94? Should the league have disbanded after that?

At 7:29 p.m., March 11, 2008, Blogger The Gate To The Groin For Yannick Bertrand said...

I read that one team finished with something like 33 shots. Isn't that like 3 shots a period or something? What up with that?

/not very good at math

At 1:16 p.m., March 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to clarify why the game was stopped as a tie- Michigan High School hockey games are not permitted on Sundays. Since the game was played on Saturday night, at midnight they would have had to stop and continue on Monday. They chose not to do that as 1 team was from the upper peninsula (about a 16 hour drive I think).


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