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After seven overtimes, high school hockey game ends in tie

After Seven Overtimes, High School Hockey Game Ends in Tie

It seemed like the never-ending hockey game. Two high school teams vying for the state championship in Ohio had to call it quits after too many overtimes. "Good Morning America" has a look at the game that just went on and on.

'They were tied going into overtime and then they were tied going into the second overtime, and then the third and the fourth all the way up to the seventh overtime.'

Finally, after a ridiculous number of overtimes, CBS reports officials ruled that Sylvania Northview and Saint Ignatius High School were co-champions, deeming the game a tie.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association wrote in a news release, 'Had a player been seriously injured in the eighth overtime due to fatigue, the decision to allow the game to continue would have been seriously questioned more than the decision to end it.'

In spite of concerns about players' safety, many were upset by the outcome.

One tweeted, 'Now neither team can honestly say they won states because they didn't win the game. Robbing kids of one of the best days of their lives...'

One St. Ignatius student wrote, 'In the end remember that our boys ARE state champs and congratulate them on an amazing game ... it just ended the wrong way.'

Believe it or not, this wasn't even the longest high school hockey game in Ohio's history. A 2007 game holds that record with eight overtimes!

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tml486 March 11 2014 at 6:07 AM

Perhaps instead of being upset over the outcome (both teams co state champions) is it not instead to uplift the kids for their accomplishment? They were both obviously great teams. It was a game only. A source of entertainment and pride. The focus needs not to be on the winner or loser but how the game was played by the players and congratulate both teams for their achievements.

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MICHELLE tml486 March 11 2014 at 6:23 AM

Well said. This is, after all, High School, and at the very least it is too early in the players lives to put them at risk for serious injury just to declare a winner. They are well matched, played well and both deserve congratulations for the game they played.

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meadowles March 11 2014 at 7:31 PM


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tank1616 March 11 2014 at 5:46 PM

How about a series, best 2 out of 3?

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gofastguyva March 11 2014 at 4:41 PM

Why not a shoot-out after 5 OTs?

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chefjoeivy March 11 2014 at 12:25 PM

Make a new rule - after 3 overtimes have a shoot out

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donahuepapad123 March 11 2014 at 9:32 PM

they should have some kind of long dist small goal shot for this ? kinda like a field goal kick ??slap shot at a 3 foot net ..................

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Dan March 11 2014 at 9:11 AM

Why do they not follow a shoot out formula? Two of the most exciting endings I have ever watched were my daughters field hockey sectional championship, that was decided in a shoot out after 2 overtimes, and last months US win over Russia in the Olympics in a shoot out.

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ballhairball11 Dan March 11 2014 at 9:40 AM

Tie as a team lose as an individual? The shoot out is like having field goal kickers decide the end of a football game! Better yet, even the NHL doesn't use the shootout to determine the end result of their playoff games, because they know that the shoot out is nothing but a cheap ratings ploy.

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Christina Dan March 11 2014 at 9:51 AM

They said that they didn't have RULES in the rule book to have a shoot out, so they ended the game instead.

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wjkempetal March 11 2014 at 7:01 AM

I think this was a wonderful end for both teams. Both worked hard and both are state champions. No one was disappointed by losing and both are winners. After watching many high school sports games over the years, I can't think of a better result for two very good teams.

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tfhussey March 11 2014 at 8:13 AM

A Mulligan would solve the issue. I agree the game should have been called as fatigue or an injury would have probably been the end of the game. But why couldn't a rematch be set, There might not be the same crowds to cheer them on but then again it might be a bigger thing locally and a larger turn out to see this obviously well matched pairing. At 5 overtimes no team should be a loser as they are obviously well trained and spirited teams. Congratulations to both teams for a spectacular feat of sportsmanship and team play. There is a reason the NHL has stopped excessive overtimes and gone to the shootout.

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Ray & Lisa tfhussey March 11 2014 at 9:10 AM

if it were an NHL championship, the game would gone into 20 minute overtime periods until one team won. They would have continued playing overtimes just like these 2 teams did.

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tnana23boys Ray & Lisa March 11 2014 at 9:34 AM

it was a HIGH SCHOOL game, not paid professionals. The right decision was made.

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johnny March 11 2014 at 7:32 AM

Smart rule safety 1st. To many young men getting injured for no good reason.

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