Gryphons Make History in Longest-Ever Collegiate Hockey Game

March 03, 2011 - News Release

Hockey history was made at the University of Guelph last night as the longest varsity game ever played in North America pitted Guelph’s women’s team against Queen’s University in Game 1 of the best-of-three Ontario University Athletics (OUA) final.

U of G lost 2-1 after playing for 167 minutes, 14 seconds, at the Gryphon Sports Centre Wednesday night.

Running nearly three times as long as a regulation 60-minute game, last night’s marathon reached its sixth overtime period before Queen’s Gaels player Morgan McHaffie scored the winning goal.

It was the longest hockey game — men’s or women’s — recorded by Canadian Interuniversity Sport and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States.

Only one National Hockey League game lasted longer. In 1936, the Detroit Red Wings beat the Montreal Maroons 1-0 after 176 minutes, 30 seconds.

Last night’s game lasted 17 minutes, eight seconds, longer than the previous NCAA record. That record was set March 12, 2010, when Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., played Connecticut's Quinnipiac University in the Eastern College Athletic Conference quarter-finals.

Guelph and Queen’s will face off Friday night in Kingston, Ont., for the second game of the three-game series for the OUA title.

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