Well, we don't know if SN not coming out means that they wanted this outcome.
Probably they told officials that they couldn't take it anymore , and the state officials, thinking that the game was a classic, decided that no team deserved to lose and could not declare a forfeit. Or, they knew that the game was going to be a tie and the officials neglected to inform Ignatius.
Did the teams play 15 minute overtime periods? With a break for cleaning the ice between OT's?
If so, you're talking about 150 minutes of play for a high school kid. Equaling 3 1/3 games played in one game here. That's insane! Heck if you're talking about a pro game, it would equal playing 2 1/2 games in the NHL!
I know some won't be happy with the decision, BUT it will bring to the attention of the OHSAA the possibility of modifying the overtime rules to decide the outcome of playoff games. You can't expect kids to go on for hours playing a very demanding sport...I'd suggest ONE full overtime period, and if you can't decide the game in 15 minutes, take a 5 minute break and hold a shootout.
This was not an allstar game. Should have gone on, skated 4 on 4 or 3 on 3, or postponed. Ties on state titles are more a track/swimming thing. Don't like it.
especially after another poster had clearly outlined the time and effort on the ice that had just occurred.They are kids you can expect them to be able to go hours. You wouldn't expect a 50 year old to. Kids are resilient let em play
It's pretty clear that the OHSAA has little forethought capability and contingency planning for situations like this. This is a circus and should have never happened. Player safety is paramount; they are kids. A few questions still unanswered...
1) - If player safety was the only reason, why not postpone/suspend the game to be completed later?
2) - If there was some other situation, such as a massive electrical power failure in the arena at the end of regulation, would a tie have been declared?
3) - If this is what the OHSAA officials were thinking of doing, why didn't they tell the teams that the 7th overtime would be the last one before that OT period started? That would have significantly affected how that period was played.
4) - What would OSHAA do if this was a semi-final game? Declare a tie and have 3 teams on the ice for the championship game?