March 6, 2015 - The Longest College Hockey Game Ever
The first game of the Hockey East Tournament got underway at 7:35 PM. Five hours and forty-nine minutes later, a pair of NCAA records would be set with Notre Dame ending on the wrong side of the victory. A crowd of 3,994 was on hand to watch the game with several hundred staying into the night to witness more than 2.5 regulation games be played.
Tonight's game set the NCAA record for longest collegiate hockey game. The prior record was also a 5OT contest that lasted 150:22 when Quinnipac defeated Union 3-2 in the ECAC quarterfinals on March 12, 2010. The hockey band counted down the seconds like New Year's Eve as the Notre Dame game eclipsed the record. However, shortly after breaking the record, UMass would score the game winning goal and the clock would stop at 151:42. Tonight's game easily passed the previous longest game in Notre Dame history - 95:18 in 2OT against Alabama-Huntsville in the NCAA tournament on March 23, 2007 (a 3-2 ND victory).
During the marathon, Notre Dame goalie Cal Peterson would set the NCAA record for most saved shots in a single game at 87, surpassing the previous record of 78. UMass goalie Steve Mastalerz would make 75 saves, good for fifth on the NCAA record list. In the 110 minutes without a goal, the goalies combined to stop 125 consecutive shots.
1 2 3 1OT 2OT 3OT 4OT 5OT F UMass 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 UND 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
With the loss, Notre Dame is in a must win situation needing to win the next two games in order to advance in the Hockey East Tournament and keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive.
NOTE: Despite Union losing to Quinnipac in 5OT, Union would win the next two games and eliminate Quinnipac. Let's hope Notre Dame has a similar turn around.
UPDATE: Notre Dame indeed came back and won the next two games, 5-3 and 7-0.
Keywords: hockey, massachusetts, hockey easy tournament, cal peterson, hockey band, record, quinnipac, union, alabama huntsville, ncaa tournament
Posted On: 2015-03-07 05:49:07 by IrishTrpt07
Edited On: 2015-03-09 05:42:59 by IrishTrpt07
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