Hockey state championship ends in tie, co-state champs
MAR 08, 2014 10:14p ET
After seven overtimes, coaches from Sylvania Northview and Cleveland St. Ignatius decided to end today's OHSAA hockey championship game in a 1-1 tie.
Here is the release from the OHSAA website...
"COLUMBUS, Ohio The 2014 OHSAA state ice hockey championship game ended with co-state champions after the seventh overtime. The decision to end the game was agreed to by both coaching staffs after concern for player safety was expressed.
Just before the beginning of the eighth overtime, both coaching staffs and administrators agreed to end the game due to concerns for player safety. This marks the first time in OHSAA state ice hockey history that co-state champions have been named. With the decision, Cleveland St. Ignatius earns its third state ice hockey championship and Sylvania Northview earns its second ice hockey state championship.
The first goal of the game was scored by Northview senior Jacob Koback 6:42 into the first period. Northview maintained its lead going into the third period after an exceptional team defensive effort and individual defensive effort from goaltender David Marsh, who set the OHSAA state ice hockey championship game record for saves, with a total of 77. As a team, Northview finished the game with 54 blocks.
7:15 into the third period, St. Ignatius would find the back of the net, as senior Danny Broganâs goal tied the game at 1-1. After both teams were held scoreless for the rest of the period, the game would go to what would be the first of seven overtime periods. During the overtimes Northview goaltender David Marsh recorded 41 saves, and St. Ignatius sophomore goaltender Dylan McKeon recorded 12 saves respectively.
Several OHSAA state ice hockey records including David Marshâs record 77 saves in a championship game were set. St. Ignatius set the OHSAA state ice hockey championship game record for shots on goal by a team with 78. The 2014 OHSAA state ice hockey championship game is the longest state championship game in OHSAA state ice hockey history and the second longest OHSAA ice hockey game all-time. The longest was in 2007, when Aurora defeated Solon 2-1 after eight overtimes on February 18." via ohsaa.org
A championship in The United States of America was allowed to end in a tie?
This is actually one of the most shocking results in sports history.
Was there really no other option? For instance, starting the eighth overtime the next day? Nope. Instead let's name co-state champions!
In all seriousness, the player's safety is the most important issue. After seven overtimes, all those players probably needed Paul Pierce wheelchairs to get off the ice, but they had to find a way to end this game!
For now, let's bust out the juice boxes, orange peels, and hand out participation trophies because we are all winners!