For those of you who fell asleep or worked the late shift Friday night, it was perhaps the most memorable game in the 19 year history of the Minnesota State High School Girls Hockey Tournament and the longest which came to an end on Amy Peterson's game winning goal with 11:31 left in the sixth overtime to lead the Minnetonka Skippers to a 4-3 win over the Lakeville North Panthers in the Class AA semifinals Friday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
The Skippers got off to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from Diana Draayer and Sidney Morin. The Panther got a power play gioal from Taylor Flaherty to cut the lead to one.
Minnetonka countered with a power play goal in the second period from Hannah Behounek. Lakeville North, who played solid defense throughout the evening, evened the score on a pair of goals by Christi Vetter. Neither team scored in the third period so it was on to overtime.
Nobody scored the first overtime. It was the same scenario throught the second, third, fourth and fifth overtimes as both goalies Cassie Alexander of the Panthers and Sydney Rossman made a number of outstanding saves to keep the scoreboard numbers stationary at three.
Now to examine the number of this record breaking six overtime game.
The game began at 8:48 PM and ended with Petersen's goal at 1:02 AM. Total game time: 4:14.
Total Playing Time: 113:18.
There were 115 shots on goal. Minnetonka had 63, Lakeville North 52.
Tim Morris, former Eden Prairie head coach gave his reaction to the classic game.
"It was a good game. It was fun to watch. Lakeville North played extermely well."
Jerry Kwapick, who supervised the penalty box in last night's game gave his viewpoint.
"I give these girls credit. It was a great game. The goalies on both teams played very well. "
Minnetonka will face Hill-Murray for the Class AA championship tonight at 7 PM, Lakevile North takes on Eden Prairie for third place at 4 PM. Both games at the Xcel Energy Center.