Gaels forward Morgan McHaffie scored at 17 minutes 14 seconds of the sixth overtime period to lead the women’s hockey team to a 2-1 win over the host Guelph Gryphons in Game 1 of the best-of-three Ontario University Athletics women’s hockey final.
The game, which lasted 167 minutes and 14 seconds, including 107 minutes and 14 seconds of extra time, is the longest on record in CIS or NCAA hockey history.
When compared to the NHL, it trails only a contest played on March 24, 1936 that saw Detroit beat Montreal 1-0 after 176 minutes 30 seconds of play.
After battling for 60 minutes in regulation time, Queen’s and Guelph played a 10-minute overtime period, then four 20-minute OT frames, before Ms McHaffie scored.
Making the game even more dramatic, Guelph was only five seconds away from victory in regulation, but Becky Conroy saved the day for Queen’s with the tying goal in the last minutes of the third period.
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Queen’s goalie Mel Dodd-Moher turned aside 66 shots in her fourth consecutive playoff win.
Game two of the series is set for Friday, March 4 at the Kingston Memorial Centre.
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Release and photo source: Queen’s University News Centre