St. Ignatius and Northview Skate 10 Periods to Ohio State Championship Tie

By Jason Priestas on March 9, 2014 at 12:52a

The Ohio state boys ice hockey championship will be split between St. Ignatius and Northview after the two schools skated a full 10 periods without deciding a winner.

Due to a national rule that prevents shootouts, the teams, tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, played seven overtime periods before Ohio High School Athletic Association officials met with the teams and agreed to end the state final in a tie.

While many on Twitter are calling out the OHSAA for the move, the two teams played the equivalent of 3.33 full games Saturday afternoon and at some point, player safety becomes a real concern. Besides, as SB Nation points out, there's precedent: officials in Michigan called a prep championship a draw in 2008 after the two teams remained tied after eight overtimes.

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Any time a small Toledo suburban school goes toe to toe with Clevelands mighty St Iggy, its a win!

Crazy game though. I saw it on ESPN dot com soon after the game. I also saw some pics in the Toledo Blade and it looked like all the kids were sad and crying sad tears after the game...I know they were exhausted but it looked like they all were disappointed in the outcome.
I understand the priciple behind it, but why wait until after the 7th overtime? Time to add shootouts back into the fold.

route4buckeye's picture

That's bullshit. I hate ties.

+2 HS
chitown buckeye's picture

How can there not be a shootout at some point? I get player safety as a reason to stop as it is high school but have a rule to go to a shootout after say 3 OTs!! You gotta to determine a winner in a championship game! 

"I'm having a heart attack!"

+1 HS
PittBuckeye's picture

I get it from the OHSAA's standpoint and player safety and all that. But if that was me in the state soccer championship game, I'd be so pissed there wouldn't be words for it. I'd want to play until the last team had the last player who hadn't passed out yet. 

Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

Egghead academia types further softening our youth.

-1 HS
Ashtabula's picture

Both these teams earned the right to call themselves champions.  Great decision from all involved.

-2 HS