The Ohio High School Athletic Association was left with an unenviable decision in the hockey state final last winter.
Cleveland St. Ignatius and Sylvania Northview were tied at 1 after seven overtimes March 8 at Nationwide Arena. With players showing signs of cramping and fatigue, the coaches for both teams agreed to end the game in a tie. It marked the first time in the 37-year history of the state tournament that teams were named co-champions.
To avoid another such situation, the OHSAA adopted overtime guidelines for postseason games during its board of directors meeting June 5.
"The first overtime will be 5-on-5. Then they'll play 4-on-4 for up to four more overtimes," said Tim Stried, OHSAA director of information services. "Then they will go to a three-player shootout. But it's still sudden victory, of course, for the previous five (eight-minute) overtimes. Rarely do games go more than a couple overtimes."