In the sixth overtime of the Class 2A girls' hockey semis -- as one MSHSL official considered stopping the game -- Minnetonka scored. The Skippers won the title a night later.
Minnetonka's road to a record third consecutive Class 2A girls' hockey state tournament title took a full game longer than planned.
The Skippers clinched the crown by defeating Hill-Murray 3-1 on Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. It was the Skippers' second action of the day.
Their 4-3 semifinal victory against Lakeville North lasted a record six overtimes and 113 minutes and 29 seconds. The game ended at 1:02 a.m. Saturday in front of an estimated 500 diehard fans. ESPN ran a short segment on Saturday morning's SportsCenter including a graphic of the game's notable statistics.
Three records were broken: duration of game, shots on goal in an overtime game (63 for Minnetonka) and saves by a goaltender (59 for Lakeville North's Cassie Alexander).
Amy Petersen was credited with the game-winning goal at 4:29 of the sixth overtime after Laura Bowman's shot deflected off her and past Alexander.
"It hit me right in the chest," Petersen said.
The placement was fitting as both teams led with their hearts.
"You feel terrible that a team had to lose that game," Minnetonka coach Eric Johnson said.
After giving up two first-period goals, Alexander overcame self-described "shaky" play to become the Panthers' rock. Second-guessing kept her awake until 4 a.m. Her body reminded her of the grind later in the morning.
"I thought I knew what pain was until now," Alexander said. "I have bruises on both shoulders, my hips, my legs. I have blisters all over my feet. Walking to and from the locker room was probably the hardest part."
Minnesota State High School League associate director Craig Perry, who manages the boys' and girls' state hockey tournament, said at 1 a.m. he wondered how long play should continue.
Vendors helped get sports drinks, chocolate milk and fruit snacks to the teams. The medical staff was on hand outside the locker rooms.
Chad Shikowsky, an 11-year official working the game, said players were never fatigued to the point of risking injury. He said he will see both teams' "elation, tears and flushed faces for a while."
In the television broadcast booth, two-time Olympian Krissy Wendell said she and others on the telecast "had to keep announcing that it was still live TV." Wendell was told the ratings at 1 a.m. were better than when the game started about 9 p.m.
Wendell, who guided Park Center to the 2000 state championship, said the semifinal game helped the tournament create a wider buzz.
"It gives the tournament some credibility," Wendell said. "Sometimes you hear people say there's always a clear-cut winner. That game showed it's not always the case. That was a good game."
Said Johnson: "We wanted to extend the season one more week after the section playoffs. We didn't know that meant we would play three games in one night. I've never seen or been a part of anything like it."
|Houston||0||2nd Qtr 13:41|
|Minnesota||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Kansas City||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Buffalo||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Miami||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Detroit||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Indianapolis||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Cleveland||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Oakland||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Atlanta||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Tennessee||12/8/13 3:05 PM|
|St. Louis||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|Seattle||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|NY Giants||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|Carolina||12/8/13 7:30 PM|
|Dallas||12/9/13 7:40 PM|
|New York||84||4th Qtr|
|LA Clippers||39||2nd Qtr 0:30|
|NY Rangers||1||3rd Prd 13:02|
|Dallas||1||3rd Prd 16:43|
|San Jose||1||3rd Prd 10:49|
|Boston||1||2nd Prd 9:42|
|Ottawa||1||2nd Prd 1:08|
|NY Islanders||0||2nd Prd 16:06|
|Carolina||1||2nd Prd 14:41|
|Chicago||0||2nd Prd 12:41|
|West Virginia||69||2nd Half 0:31|
|Tenn Tech||77||2nd Half 0:10|
|Rider||75||2nd Half 2:55|
|Eastern Ky||66||1st OT 4:25|
|Florida A&M||39||2nd Half|
|Providence||31||2nd Half 16:57|
|Oakwood||29||2nd Half 16:12|
|Ole Miss||0||1st Half 19:38|
|High Point||2||1st Half 18:35|
|South Dakota||2||1st Half 18:10|
|La Verne||9:00 PM|
|Santa Clara||9:00 PM|
|Carroll (MT)||9:00 PM|
|San Diego St||10:00 PM|
|(19) Louisville||10||3rd Qtr|
|Bowling Green||12/6/13 7:00 PM|
|(16) Northern Ill|
|(15) UCF||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|(18) Oklahoma||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|(6) Oklahoma State|
|Marshall||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|Memphis||12/7/13 12:00 PM|
|(23) Texas||12/7/13 2:30 PM|
|(5) Missouri||12/7/13 3:00 PM|
|So Florida||12/7/13 6:30 PM|
|(7) Stanford||12/7/13 6:45 PM|
|(11) Arizona State|
|(20) Duke||12/7/13 7:00 PM|
|(1) Florida State|
|Louisiana||12/7/13 7:00 PM|
|(2) Ohio State||12/7/13 7:17 PM|
|(10) Michigan State|
|Utah State||12/7/13 9:00 PM|
|(24) Fresno State|
|Palm Beach Atlantic||48||FINAL|
|William & Mary||59|
|Dayton||84||2nd Half 3:19|
|Clemson||69||2nd Half 0:59|
|NC State||73||2nd Half 5:03|
|Utah Valley U||31||2nd Half|
|Wichita State||59||2nd Half 3:50|
|Sam Houston St||38|
|Utah State||44||2nd Half 16:04|
|Boston College||38||2nd Half 15:35|
|TX-San Antonio||32||2nd Half 16:43|
|Arizona||30||2nd Half 13:50|
|Texas State||24||2nd Half 16:59|
|New Orleans||17||2nd Half|
|Idaho State||34||2nd Half 16:20|
|Northern Ill||28||2nd Half|
|Loyola Marymount||0||1st Half 18:18|
|Miami-Florida||3||1st Half 16:26|
|San Diego Christian||9:00 PM|
|Northern Ariz||9:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara|
|St Marys-CA||9:00 PM|