Seven overtimes wasn't enough to decide a clear winner in the Ohio High School Athletic Association hockey state final on Saturday. Instead of playing an eighth overtime, it ended in a 1-1 tie as St. Ignatius and Sylvania Northview agreed to share the title.
OHSAA commissioner Dan Ross announced the decision before what would have been the eighth overtime and issued a press release.
"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.
By national rule, there is no shootout procedure in high school hockey."
According to Cleveland.com, fans and players weren't happy with the tie and some began chanting "Let them play!"
"I hate shootouts. It's a team sport. I know my boys would have kept playing," St. Ignatius coach Pat O'Rourke told Cleveland.com. "I know their boys would have kept playing too but, at some point, the adults have to step in."
More from the Associated Press:
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nobody lost — and two teams were declared winners — after a marathon, seven-overtime high school ice hockey state championship game in Ohio.
Cleveland St. Ignatius and Sylvania Northview fought through regulation and seven overtimes tied 1-1 on Saturday.
Then, according to the sanctioning Ohio High School Athletic Association, both head coaches, school administrators and the OHSAA decided the game at Nationwide Arena would end in a tie because of concerns about player safety for the two worn-out teams.
There is no shootout procedure in Ohio high school hockey.
David Marsh had a championship-game record 77 saves for Northview (17-13-2) in the longest title game in state history. Dylan McKeon had 31 stops for St. Ignatius (30-4-6).
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