Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Old Time Hockey, Indeed

And I thought I was tired after a 45-minute game . . .

Marathon on ice

Hockey final lasts record 109 minutes, ends in tie

Orchard Lake St. Mary's and Marquette played a state-record eight overtimes totaling 109 minutes, 64 of which were in the overtime periods, on Saturday in the Division 1 boys hockey final at Compuware Arena in Plymouth Township, and nobody lost.

Randy Allen, an official with the Michigan High School Athletic Association, called the game at 11:45 p.m. with the score tied at 1-1. Both teams were crowned champions; it was the third overall for St. Mary's (15-12-3) and second consecutive. It was the fifth title for Marquette (20-5-4) and first since '04.

"It was a long night," St. Mary's coach Brian Klanow said. "My players were certainly dead tired. It was unbelievable. I've never heard of anything like this. Based on the circumstances, the MHSAA made the right call."

Klanow said the decision was made with the well-being of the players in mind. Klanow said Marquette's team trainer told Allen a number of the Marquette players had stopped sweating and that some of the players were ill, many suffering from dehydration.

The game started at 7 p.m. and ended at approximately 11:45. (H/T - The Detroit News)

Good grief! Normally, I would say that calling the game and awarding co-champions was pretty weenie, but after right overtimes without a winner, this was the correct ruling.

Either way, you have to hand it to the kids. 109 minutes? That's hardcore.

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