Saturday, March 8, 2014

High school hockey state championship ends in a tie?

Who knew state titles could be shared in high school?

Apparently, that's exactly what happened Saturday after Cleveland Saint Ignatius and Sylvania Northview played to a 1-1 tie. With the score knotted up at the end of regulation, the two schools proceeded to battle it out in overtime. Well, seven overtime periods to be exact.

At the end of overtime No. 7, game officials said enough was enough, and decided to award the Ohio hockey state championship to both, an unprecedented move to say the least.

Here's an excerpt of a press release OHSAA released shortly following the affair:

After the seventh overtime, the head coaches, school athletic administrators and OHSAA administrators had a lengthy discussion. Many players on both teams were seriously fatigued and neither coach or school administrator objected to ending the game before the eighth overtime began.
If you're wondering why they didn't just settle the score with a shootout, please note that there is no shootout procedure in high school hockey, according to OHSAA's statement.

So there's that.

Via Bleacher Report

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