Overtime (ice hockey)
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Overtime is a method of extending an ice hockey game when the scores are tied after regulation. The two main methods of extending the game are the overtime period (commonly referred to as overtime) and the shootout. Depending upon league rules, the game's winning team may or may not be necessarily determined.
- 1 Overtime periods
- 2 Shootout
- 3 List of notable overtime games
- 3.1 NHL
- 3.2 Swedish hockey
- 3.3 KHL
- 3.4 Czech hockey
- 3.5 Notable minor league, college and junior overtimes
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Overtime periods are extra periods beyond the third regulation period during a game, where normal hockey rules apply. Although in the past, full-length overtime periods were played, overtimes today are golden goal (a form of sudden death), meaning that the game ends immediately when a player scores a goal.
From November 21, 1942, when overtime was eliminated due to war time restrictions and continuing until the 1983–84 season, all NHL regular-season games tied after 60 minutes of play ended as ties. On June 23, 1983, the NHL introduced a regular-season overtime period of five minutes. If the five-minute overtime period ended with no scoring, the game ended as a tie (the World Hockey Association had used a 10-minute regular season overtime period, as had the NHL prior to World War II). In the first games to go to overtime, on October 5, 1983, the Minnesota North Stars and Los Angeles Kings skated to a 3–3 tie, and the Detroit Red Wings and Winnipeg Jets tied 6–6. The first regular-season game decided by overtime was on October 8, 1983, as the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 8–7.
In 1987–88 and since 1995, the American Hockey League has awarded teams one point in the standings for an overtime loss (OTL). In 1998, the AHL introduced a rule where teams will play the five minute overtime period with four skaters and a goaltender, rather than at full strength (five skaters), except in two-man advantage situations. In a two-man advantage situation, the team with the advantage will play with five skaters against three skaters. The rule was popular and adopted by the NHL and ECHL the next season.
Jaromír Jágr has the most regular season overtime goals with 17.
In the Stanley Cup playoffs, overtime periods are played like regulation periods except for the golden goal rule; the teams are at full strength (five skaters, barring penalties), there is no shootout, and each overtime period is 20 minutes with full intermissions between overtime periods. Interestingly, three of the game's legendary players, Mark Messier (109 playoff goals), Mario Lemieux (77 goals), and Gordie Howe (68 goals) never scored a playoff overtime goal. Overtime periods are played without commercial breaks.
In many leagues (including the NHL for regular-season games since the 2005–06 season) and in international competitions, a failure to reach a decision in a single overtime may lead to a shootout. Some leagues may eschew overtime periods altogether and end games in shootout should teams be tied at the end of regulation. In the three major North American professional hockey leagues (NHL, AHL, and ECHL), regular season overtime periods are played four on four for one five minute period. In the Southern Professional Hockey League, regular season overtime periods are played three on three for one five minute period, with penalties resulting in the opponents skating one additional player on ice (up to two additional players) for the penalty for the first three minutes, and a penalty shot in the final two minutes. The AHL, since the 2014–15 season, extended the overtime to seven minutes, with the last three minutes reduced further to three men aside and teams getting an additional skater for each opponent's penalty. The idea of using 3-on-3 skaters for the entirety of a five-minute overtime period for a regular season game was adopted by the NHL on June 24, 2015, to be used in the upcoming 2015-16 NHL season.
In international competition, shootouts (or more formally, game-winning shots (GWS), and, in some European countries, bullets, or bullits,), are often used. Each coach selects three skaters from their team to take penalty shots one at a time against the opposing goaltender, with teams alternating shots. Each team gets one shot per round. The winner is the team with more goals after three rounds or the team that amasses an unreachable advantage before then (ex. a team gains a two-goal lead with only one round left). If the shootout is tied after three rounds, tie-breaker rounds are played one at a time (with each team taking one additional shot) until there is a winner.
The IIHF first adopted the game-winning-shot procedure in 1992 when a new playoff procedure in the Winter Olympics and World Championships required a winner for each game. At that time, the shootout was five rounds and only used for knock-out games. In 2006, it was reduced to three rounds and used for all games, eliminating the possibility of tied games at IIHF events. Tie-breaker rounds are still used as needed, and the same or new players can take the tie-break shots, which is also done in reverse order.
North American shootout
Most lower minor leagues (ECHL, Central, UHL) have featured a shootout where, at the end of regulation, a shootout similar to the international tournament format is used.
However, in 2000, the ECHL adopted the AHL's four-on-four overtime before the shootout.
For the 2004–05 AHL season, the AHL adopted a five-man shootout, which was first used in that league in 1986–87. The standard five-man shootout is used after four-on-four overtime for all minor leagues in North America. The AHL will switch to the NHL formatted three-man shootout for the 2014–15 season.
The Central Collegiate Hockey Association is adding the shootout with effect from the 2008–09 season.
Following the lead of minor leagues, as of the 2005–06 season, the NHL ends exhibition and regular season games still tied after a five-minute-length, three-skaters-per-side overtime period with a shootout. The NHL format is a three-round shootout with tiebreaker rounds as needed. All skaters (except goalies) on a team's roster must shoot before any player can shoot a second time.
The shootout is not used in the playoffs for any North American league. Instead, full 20-minute overtime periods are played until one team scores a goal.
Tactics are very important during penalty shots and overtime shootouts for both the shooter and the goalie. Both shooters and goalies commonly consult their teammates and coaches for advice on the opposing player's style of play. Shooters often consider the goalie's strengths and weaknesses (such as a fast glove or stick save), preferred goaltending style (such as butterfly or stand-up) and method of challenging the shooter. Goaltenders often consider the shooter's shot preference, expected angle of attack, a patented move a shooter commonly uses and even handedness of the shooter.
Most shooters attempt to out-deke the goalie in order to create a better scoring chance. Minnesota Wild forward Mikko Koivu and New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis are examples of players who commonly use this tactic. However, it is not uncommon for a shooter to simply shoot for an opening without deking. This is commonly referred to as sniping. This is most commonly performed when a goalie challenges a shooter by giving them an open hole (by keeping a glove, pad or stick out of position or being out of sound goaltending position altogether to tempt the shooter to aim for the given opening). Former NHL forwards Markus Näslund and Brett Hull are two players commonly referred to as snipers. Very rarely a shooter may take a slapshot or wrist shot from the point or top of the slot. This is almost exclusively performed when a shooter either has a high level of confidence in their shot or they attempt to catch the goalie by surprise. Retired player Brian Rolston, Detroit Red Wings winger Todd Bertuzzi, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, and Vancouver Canucks winger Daniel Sedin have all used this tactic with success.
List of notable overtime games
This is a list of all National Hockey League (NHL) overtime games that went into at least three overtimes (winning team is bold).
- *Stanley Cup Finals game
- **Stanley Cup winning goal
- ***This was the second game of a two-game total-goals series. The first game was won 1–0 by Montreal, the second game was 2–1 for Chicago after regulation play. The overtime period was considered part of the second game, so Morenz's goal made the final score of the game 2–2, but Montreal won the series with an aggregate score of 3-2.
- ****A 10-minute overtime period was followed by a continuous, unlimited, sudden-death overtime period. The winning goal was scored at 35:35 of that period.
- † Series-Clinching Goal
- †† Game 7
Notable NHL playoff overtime games
- March 24, 1936: The Detroit Red Wings' Mud Bruneteau ends the longest Stanley Cup playoff game to date, scoring the game's only goal in a 1–0 victory over the Montreal Maroons. The goal comes 16:30 into the sixth overtime period for a total of 176:30 of game play. It is also the longest NHL ice hockey game ever played. The game is a mere 3:30 short of the equivalent of playing three games back-to-back-to-back.
- April 2, 1939: The Boston Bruins' Mel Hill scores his third overtime goal of the Bruins' Stanley Cup semi-final series against the New York Rangers, setting an unsurpassed (as of 2015) NHL record for most overtime goals in a single playoff series, earning him the nickname thereafter of "Sudden Death" Hill. The series itself involves four overtime games, two of which go to a third overtime period.
- April 23, 1950: Pete Babando scores at 8:31 of second overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 4–3 win in the seventh game of the 1950 Stanley Cup Final over the New York Rangers. It is the first time that a seventh game of a Final series goes to overtime.
- April 21, 1951: Bill Barilko scores at 2:53 of overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3–2 win in the fifth game of the 1951 Stanley Cup Final over the Montreal Canadiens. All five games in the series need to have overtime to be decided.
- April 16, 1954: Tony Leswick's shot hit Montreal Canadiens' defenceman Doug Harvey's glove and went into the net at 4:20 of overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2–1 win in the seventh game of the 1954 Stanley Cup Final over the Canadiens. No seventh game of a Final series has gone to overtime since.
- April 23, 1964: Bobby Baun of the Toronto Maple Leafs nets a game winner against Detroit 1:43 into overtime in game six of the Finals to tie the series 3–all. The goal is notable because Baun broke his ankle earlier in the game. It was frozen and taped, and Baun returned to the ice to score the winning goal.
- May 10, 1970: One of the most indelible moments in sports history is the sight of Bobby Orr's "in flight" goal that gave the Boston Bruins a 4–3 win and a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Final.
- May 24, 1980: Bob Nystrom of the New York Islanders scores the Stanley Cup clinching goal at 7:11 of overtime, eliminating the Philadelphia Flyers in six games.
- April 10, 1982: "Miracle on Manchester" – Rookie Daryl Evans gives the Los Angeles Kings a 6–5 win over the Edmonton Oilers at 2:35 of overtime. The Kings had trailed the Oilers 5–0 after the second period of game three of the Smythe Division Semifinal. This still remains the largest single game playoff comeback in NHL history.
- May 12, 1986: Doug Wickenheiser's overtime goal gives the St. Louis Blues a 6–5 win over the Calgary Flames in game six of the Campbell Conference Final. The goal, known as the "Monday Night Miracle", caps a 5–2 comeback and makes it more impressive that the three goals needed to tie the game were scored in the last ten minutes of the third period.
- May 18, 1986: A Brian Skrudland goal ends the shortest overtime in NHL history at just nine seconds. The winning goal gives the Montreal Canadiens a 3–2 victory over the Calgary Flames in game two of the 1986 Stanley Cup Final.
- April 18, 1987: "Easter Epic" – Pat LaFontaine of New York Islanders scores a goal against Washington Capitals at 8:47 of the fourth overtime period which ends the longest game seven in NHL playoff history. Islanders goaltender Kelly Hrudey makes a record 73 saves.
- May 15, 1990: After hardly playing in overtime, Petr Klima came off the bench late in the third overtime period and scored almost immediately to end the longest overtime in NHL Finals history. The goal gave the Edmonton Oilers a 3–2 victory over the Boston Bruins in game one of the 1990 Stanley Cup Final, setting the stage for the Oilers' fifth cup in seven years.
- April 24, 1993: In game four of the Stanley Cup division semi-final between the Buffalo Sabres and the Boston Bruins, Sabres forward Brad May scores in overtime to give Buffalo a 6–5 win and sweep the Bruins in the series, four games to none. Due to Buffalo commentator Rick Jeanneret's colorful play call when May scored, this game has been referred to in Buffalo as "May Day".
- 1993: After losing in overtime of game one of the Adams division semi-final to the Quebec Nordiques, the Montreal Canadiens go on to win ten consecutive overtime games en route to winning the Stanley Cup. The Habs score another overtime winner the following year against the Boston Bruins, making it eleven consecutive playoff overtime wins.
- April 27, 1994: Dominik Hasek of the Buffalo Sabres stops all 70 shots produced by the New Jersey Devils as Dave Hannan scores the lone goal over a sprawling Martin Brodeur at 5:43 of the fourth overtime period in game six of the first-round matchup.
- April 30, 1994: Pavel Bure scores 2:20 into double overtime of the seventh game of the opening round of Vancouver's playoff series with Calgary. The win gives the Vancouver Canucks three consecutive overtime wins over the favored Calgary Flames, who squander a 3–1 series lead.
- May 27, 1994: Stephane Matteau scores the game-winning goal at 4:24 of double overtime with a wrap-around, beating Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils in game seven, advancing the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final (where they would ultimately win it for the first time since 1940). It is Matteau's second goal in double overtime periods of the series.
- April 24, 1996: Petr Nedved scores with 44.6 seconds remaining in quadruple overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3–2 win over the Washington Capitals to tie their Eastern Conference quarter-final series at two games apiece.
- June 10, 1996: Uwe Krupp became the 12th player in NHL history to end the Stanley Cup Finals in overtime, scoring a goal at 4:31 of triple overtime, giving the Colorado Avalanche a 1–0 win and a sweep of the Florida Panthers.
- June 19, 1999: Brett Hull scores with 5:09 left in triple overtime of game six to win the Stanley Cup for the Dallas Stars over the Buffalo Sabres. The goal is especially controversial and is known by fans as "No Goal" (see 1999 Stanley Cup Finals).
- May 4, 2000: Keith Primeau of the Philadelphia Flyers put a shot over the left shoulder of Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Ron Tugnutt with 7:59 remaining in quintuple overtime, ending the longest game since 1936.
- June 10, 2000: Jason Arnott scores on Dallas Stars' goalie Ed Belfour in double overtime of game six to give the New Jersey Devils their second Stanley Cup.
- April 11, 2007: Roberto Luongo, goaltender for the Vancouver Canucks, wins his first career playoff game while making 72 saves, one shy of Kelly Hrudey's record. The game is the sixth longest ever, going into quadruple overtime. Henrik Sedin scores the winning goal in the Western Quarterfinals, beating the Dallas Stars 5-4 in game 1. The game is Vancouver's longest in history, and the Star's second longest, behind their five-overtime loss to Anaheim in 2003.
- March 22, 2008: Philip Gogulla of the Cologne Sharks ends the longest German hockey game ever and the second longest worldwide, scoring the ninth-overall goal in a 5:4 victory over the Mannheim Eagles. The goal comes 8:16 into the sixth overtime period for a total of 108:16 of overtime. It is the third quarter-final game (best of seven) in the KölnArena in Cologne in front of an audience of 17,000. The game had begun at 5:30pm and ends at 12:15am.
- May 4, 2008: Brenden Morrow scores on San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov at 9:03 of quadruple overtime in game six of the Western Conference Semifinal between the Sharks and Stars. The game sees an incredible goaltending duel as Nabokov makes 53 saves in the loss while Marty Turco of Dallas makes 61 saves for the win.
- June 2, 2008: In game five of the 2008 Stanley Cup Final, the Pittsburgh Penguins' Petr Sykora told Pierre Maguire of NBC that he would score the winning goal in overtime. At 9:57 of triple overtime, Sykora scored on Detroit Red Wings' goaltender Chris Osgood and sent the series back to Pittsburgh for game six.
- June 9, 2010: Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks shoots a goal past Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Leighton 4:10 into overtime of game six of the Stanley Cup Final to give the Blackhawks a 4–3 win over the Flyers for their first Stanley Cup Championship since 1961.
- April 26, 2011: Alexandre Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks scored at 5:22 of overtime past Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks to win the series 4–3 and the game 2–1, sending the Canucks to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
- June 4, 2011: Another Alexandre Burrows goal ends the second-shortest overtime in NHL history at just eleven seconds. The winning goal gives the Vancouver Canucks a 3–2 victory over the Boston Bruins in game two of the Stanley Cup Final.
- May 25, 2012: Adam Henrique of the New Jersey Devils scored at 1:03 into overtime past Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers in game six of the Eastern Conference Final to send the Devils to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2003.
- May 13, 2013: Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins scored at 6:05 of overtime past James Reimer of the Toronto Maple Leafs to win the series 4–3 and the game 5–4, to send the Bruins to the Conference Semi–finals to face the New York Rangers. It also capped a historic comeback in a game seven, coming back from a three-goal hole in the third period. With fifty–one seconds to go, they tied the game at four. The tying goal was also scored by Patrice Bergeron. The 2012-13 Boston Bruins became the first team in NHL history to do this in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
- June 5, 2013: Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins scored at 15:19 of double overtime past Tomas Vokoun of the Pittsburgh Penguins to give the Boston Bruins a 3–0 series lead in the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals.
- June 12, 2013: Andrew Shaw scored with 7:52 left in the third overtime period to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4–3 win over the Boston Bruins in game one of the Stanley Cup Final, ending the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup Finals history.
- June 13, 2014: Alec Martinez scored with 5:17 left in double overtime in game five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, becoming the 16th player to win the Stanley Cup with an overtime goal as the Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 3-2, clinching the series 4-1. He has the distinction of scoring two series-clinching playoff overtime goals in the same season; on June 1, he scored 5:47 into overtime to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in game seven of the Western Conference Finals.
- May 13, 2015: Derek Stepan scored with 8:36 left in the first overtime in game seven in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals against the Washington Capitals to send the New York Rangers to the Eastern Conference Finals. This game is well known for Alex Ovechkin guaranteeing a victory before the game. The Capitals also had a 3-1 series lead before losing the final three games and ultimately losing the series.
- May 19, 2015: Marcus Krüger scored with 3:48 left in the third overtime in game two of the Western Conference Finals, as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks, 3-2, tying the series at 1-1. This was Anaheim's first playoff loss at home that season and Chicago's longest overtime game to date. Chicago goalie Corey Crawford made 60 saves while defenceman Duncan Keith played seconds shy of 50 minutes on ice. Earlier in the second overtime period, Andrew Shaw used his head to direct the puck into the net, but the goal did not count.
|League||Home Team||Score||Away Team||Date||Scorer|
|1.||5th||80:41||Play off to Kvalserien||IF Troja/Ljungby||
||Bofors IK||March 20, 2002||Mika Välilä|
|2.||4th||73:38||Play off to Division 1||Olofströms IK||
||Kristianstads IK||March 7, 1995||Roman Steblecki|
|3.||4th||68:42||Play off to Division 1||Osby IK||
||Mariestad BoIS HC||February 28, 1993||Jonas Evaldsson|
|4.||3rd||59:16||Elitserien (SHL) Semifinals||Leksands IF||
||Färjestads BK||March 23, 1997||Andreas Karlsson|
|5.||3rd||57:37||Play off to Kvalserien||IFK Arboga IK||
||Bofors IK||March 13, 2002||Fredrik Gustavsson|
|6.||3rd||52:17||Elitserien Quarterfinals||Timrå IK||
||Luleå HF||March 3, 2003||Marcus Åkerblom|
|7.||3rd||47:14||Play off to Division 1||IFK Österåkers IK||
||Lidingö HC||March 10, 1996||Mikael Lindqvist|
|8.||3rd||41:56||Elitserien Finals||Västra Frölunda HC||
||Färjestads BK||April 7, 2003||Tomi Kallio|
|9.||3rd||41:14||Play off to Kvalserien||Timrå IK||
||Huddinge IK||February 26, 1989||Ove Öström|
|10.||3rd||40:31||Play off to Division 1||Hofors IK||
||Surahammars IF||February 23, 1982||Jan Svanberg|
This is a list of Kontinental Hockey League games that went to at least the third overtime.
|Home Team||Score||Away Team||Date||Scorer||Ref|
|1.||4th||66:14||Lev Praha||3–4||HC Donbass||March 21, 2014||Andrei Konev|||
|2.||3rd||58:48||Severstal Cherepovets||3–2||Lokomotiv Yaroslavl||February 25, 2013||Denis Kazionov|||
|3.||3rd||56:35||Admiral Vladivostok||2–3||Metallurg Magnitogorsk||March 12, 2014||Danis Zaripov|||
|4.||3rd||49:11||Metallurg Magnitogorsk||2–3||Avangard Omsk||March 15, 2011||Andrei Pervyshin|||
|5.||3rd||48:54||Traktor Chelyabinsk||1–2||Ak Bars Kazan||March 22, 2012||Danis Zaripov|||
|6.||3rd||41:39||HC CSKA Moscow||3-2||SKA St. Petersburg||March 28, 2015||Roman Lyubimov|||
The longest game in Belarusian extraleague is game first of the 2015 Semifinals on March 7, 2015. Yunost Minsk beat the HK Gomel, 2-1, at Gomel Ice Palace of Sports on a goal by Vitaly Kiryuschenkov at 5:11 of the sixth 20-minute overtime period. Alexander Tsetkovsky was the winning goaltender for the Yunost, making 107 saves. 
|League||Home Team||Score||Away Team||Date||Scorer|
|1.||3rd||53:51||Extraliga ledního hokeje||HC Mountfield||
||HC Vítkovice Steel||March 7, 2013||Peter Húževka|
|2.||2nd||36:15||Extraliga ledního hokeje||PSG Zlín||
||HC Škoda Plzeň||April 21, 2013||Martin Straka|
Notable minor league, college and junior overtimes
This is a list of the longest American Hockey League (AHL) overtime games.
The longest game in AHL history was game five of the 2008 East Division Semifinals on April 24, 2008. The Philadelphia Phantoms beat the Albany River Rats, 3–2, at Times Union Center on a goal by Ryan Potulny at 2:58 of the fifth 20-minute overtime period. Scott Munroe was the winning goaltender for the Phantoms, making 65 saves. Michael Leighton was the losing goaltender for the River Rats despite making 98 saves.
- *Overtime format was one five-minute period followed by 20-minute periods
- **Calder Cup Finals game
The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds needed 61:53 of overtime (four extra periods) to defeat the Acadia University Axemen 3–1 on Feb 27, 2011 in game two of a best-of-five AUS semifinal series at Fredericton, New Brunswick. Nick MacNeil scored the game-winner at 11:53 of the seventh period overall.
York University Lions and Lakehead University Thunderwolves went to a fourth overtime period (50:13 minutes of overtime) on February 14, 2007 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, to decide a winner in OUA men's playoff hockey action. Lakehead won the game at the 13-second mark of the fourth overtime period.
Canadian Interuniversity Sport– Women
Morgan McHaffie scored at 7:14 of the sixth overtime period to lead the Queen's Golden Gaels to a 2–1 win over the host Guelph Gryphons in the first game of the best-of-three OUA women's hockey final, March 2, 2011. The game, which lasted 167 minutes and 14 seconds, including 107:14 of extra time, is the longest on record in CIS or NCAA hockey – women's or men's. Winning goaltender Mel Dodd-Moher made 66 saves, while Danielle Skoufranis made 44 saves in a losing cause. It is the longest game ever played sanctioned by Hockey Canada.
* Championship Series game.
** Game 7
On May 12, 2008, one of the longest games in IHL history, if not the longest, took place in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was the seventh game of the Turner Cup Final between the hometown Fort Wayne Komets and Port Huron Icehawks. The game was tied 2–2 through regulation. The first two extra periods solved nothing, but 23 seconds into the third overtime period, at some point after midnight ET, Justin Hodgman scored the winning goal to give the Komets their fifth Turner Cup title. It was the club's first since 1993, and their sixth overall, with their last championship being the Colonial Cup in 2003. The Komets would win again the following year with an easy game five victory at home, which was the first time in franchise history they won back-to-back championships. They would follow up with a third consecutive Turner Cup in 2010, again clinching on home ice, securing a dynasty.
The longest game in NCAA hockey history was played on 6-7 March 2015. UMass beat Notre Dame, 4–3, in the Hockey East first-round playoff game after 91:42 of overtime. Shane Walsh scored the winning goal for UMass. Longest game list: <<http://www.collegehockeynews.com/almanac/longestGames.php>>
|Overall game length
|Overtime length||Number of overtimes||Winning team||Score||Losing team||Where it occurred||Date|
|151:42||91:42||5||UMass||4-3||Notre Dame||Hockey East First Round (Game 1, Best of 3)||3/6/2015|
|150:22||90:22||5||Quinnipiac University||3–2||Union College||ECACH Quarter-Finals (Game 1, Best of 3)||3/12/2010|
|141:35||81:35||5||Yale University||3–2||Union College||ECACHL First Round (Game 2, Best of 3)||3/4/2006|
|129:30||69:30||4||Colorado College||1–0||Wisconsin Badgers||WCHA First Round (Game 2, Best of 3)||3/8/1997|
|123:53||63:53||4||St. Lawrence||3–2||Boston University||NCAA East Regional (Second Round)||3/26/2000|
|121:05||61:05||4||Colgate University||4–3||Dartmouth College||ECAC Quarterfinal (Game 1, Best of 3)||3/14/2003|
The longest game in NCAA hockey history was played on 6 March 2015. UMass beat Notre Dame, 4–3, in the Hockey East first round after 91:42 of overtime. Shane Walsh scored the winning goal just after 1:00 AM local time. The previous longest was played on 12 March 2010. Quinnipiac University beat Union College, 3-2, in the ECAC Quarterfinals, as Greg Holt scored with 9:38 left in quintuple overtime.
The 3rd longest game in NCAA hockey history was played on 5 March 2006. Yale University beat Union College, 3–2, in the ECAC Hockey League first-round playoff game after 81:35 of overtime. David Meckler scored the winning goal with Yale shorthanded.
The longest game in NCAA Division III hockey history, and the fourth longest in NCAA history overall, began at 7:05pm on 27 February 2010 and ended at 12:35am of the following day. Gustavus Adolphus College beat Augsburg College, 6–5, to advance to the MIAC championship game after 78:38 of overtime. Eric Bigham scored the winning goal.
A 2000 NCAA regional final in men's ice hockey between St. Lawrence University and Boston University ended with 63:53 of overtime. Manitoba native and minor hockey buddy of Craig McAulay, Robin Carruthers scored the gwg after four periods of overtime play
A March 30, 1991 game between Northern Michigan University and Boston University ended with Northern Michigan earning an 8–7 victory over Boston University. Unlikely hero Darryl Plandowski scores in the third overtime period and fifth hour of play to give the Wildcats the title.
A March 14, 2003 ECAC Quarterfinal game between Colgate University and Dartmouth ended, 4–3 for Colgate, after 61:05 in overtime.
On 26 March 2006, the Wisconsin Badgers beat the Cornell Big Red 1–0 at 11:13 into the third overtime at the Midwest Regional Final in the NCAA Tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay. It was the second-longest NCAA Tournament game in its history and the longest 1–0 game in tournament history. It is currently the ninth-longest game all-time in NCAA Division I history.
An 11 March 2007 game between St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota-Duluth during the first round of the WCHA playoffs ended with SCSU winning, 3–2, after 51:33 of overtime. It is the eighth-longest NCAA Division I game in history.
In the first round of the 2008 WCHA hockey tournament featuring the fourth-seeded Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks hosting the seventh-seeded University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, the Friday and Sunday games both went into double overtime, and the Saturday night game went into one overtime. The Gophers prevailed two games to one in the series, winning Saturday and Sunday.
On 3 March 2012, in the first round of the 2012 ECAC Hockey hockey tournament featuring the seventh-seeded Clarkson Golden Knights men's ice hockey team hosting the tenth-seeded RPI Engineers men's ice hockey team, Clarkson beat RPI 4–3 at 13:48 in the third overtime period, after 113:48 of play. It is currently the seventh-longest game all-time in NCAA Division I history.
On March 10, 1996, New Hampshire defeated Providence, 3–2, in an ECAC Women's Championship game after 85:35 of overtime. (This is not an NCAA record, as the NCAA did not officially recognize women's hockey until the 2001 season; however, it stands as the longest women's college hockey game)
On March 10, 2007, Wisconsin defeated Harvard, 1–0, in an NCAA Women's Quarterfinal game after 67:09 of overtime at the Kohl Center in Madison WI. Wisconsin went on to win the national championship.
On March 10, 2012, Cornell University defeated Boston University, 8–7, in an NCAA Women's Quarterfinal game after 59:50 of overtime at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, NY, surpassing the men's game from the previous night as the longest hockey game to be played at the rink.
On March 21, 2010, Minnesota-Duluth defeated Cornell 3-2 in the NCAA championship game, after 59:26 of overtime (119:26 total game time), the longest men's or women's hockey championship game in NCAA history.
Canadian Hockey League
The longest game in Memorial Cup history was played on May 23, 2014 in London, Ontario, where in the semifinal game, Curtis Lazar and the Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the Val-d'Or Foreurs in triple overtime by a score of 4-3 to advance to the championship game. The entire overtime lasted 42:42, the overall game time played was 102:42.
2007 RBC Cup – Canadian Jr A Championship
The semi-final game for the 2007 RBC Cup, saw the host Prince George Spruce Kings taking on the Camrose Kodiaks. The game ended up being the longest game in Royal Bank Cup history at 146 minutes and 1 second. The Spruce Kings broke a 2–2 tie just over six minutes into the fifth overtime period to win 3–2 and clinch a berth in the RBC Cup Final against the Aurora Tigers. Jason Yuel of the Spruce Kings scored the winner while goaltender Jordan White stopped 91 of 93 shots for the victory.
On February 10, 2007, the Toronto Jr. Canadiens defeated the Pickering Panthers, 4–3, to take a 2–0 series lead in the first round of the OPJHL playoffs, after 104:32 of overtime. It is the second longest game ever played sanctioned by Hockey Canada.
February 1999, the St. Catharines Falcons defeated the Port Colborne Sailors 7-6 to take a 2-1 series lead in the semi finals of the Golden Horseshoe Jr. B Hockey League Playoffs. Peter Lacey scored 11 minutes into the fifth overtime period, ending the game at 2:18am. The game started at 7:30pm. It is the longest junior hockey game sanctioned by Hockey Canada
Marquette vs Orchard Lake St Marys went eight overtimes during the Michigan State Ice Hockey Division 1 Championship game before Tournament officials stopped the game in consideration of the health and welfare of the players on March 8, 2008. The 1–1 tie resulted in the two teams being declared co-champions. The game lasted 109 minutes. Ryan Morley Stockton of St. Mary's had a MHSAA-record 58 saves.
The longest game in high school history was in a 1996 FCIAC quarterfinal matchup in Darien, CT between archrivals Wilton and Ridgefield that went to a tenth eight-minute overtime period after 45 minutes of regulation (125:00 of hockey). Chris Ludwig of Wilton scored the game-winner while being hauled down in front of the Ridgefield net in the tenth overtime period.
The previous record belonged to the Aurora High School–Solon High School game in which Aurora won in the eighth overtime period of the Ohio state playoffs. The winning goal was scored with 3:52 left in the 8th overtime (105th minute), setting an American record.
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