Marquette Redmen Win Co-Championship in Longest Game in History

8 OT hockey game sees no losers and breaks record for longest game in michigan high school hockey history

Michigan 2008 Division 1 State Champions

The Marquette Redmen and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Eagles played in the second longest game in United States high school hockey history. After playing 8 overtimes in the Division 1 state championship game the Michigan High School Athletic Association called the game, and it finished in a 1-1 tie and a shared state championship.

After 109 minutes of playing hockey it crushed the previous Michigan record by nearly 23 minutes.

St. Mary’s goaltender Ryan Morley-Stockton set the state record for most saves in a game with 58. Marquette goaltender Jon Nezich faced 37 shots. That’s a total of 95 shots on goal, 109 minutes, and only two goals allowed.

However, there is some controversy facing the MHSAA as to calling the game and not pursuing other options of continuing the game the following day. Rightfully, they were concerned about the health of the players, as both teams had players suffering from cramps, nausea, dehydration, and dizziness.

Marquette was only 1 minute and 32 seconds away from winning a solo state championship before Tim Hooker tied the game up, sending the game into an historic overtime, and a record that will probably stand for many decades.

Players from both teams celebrated in unique fashion, posing for photos together, hugging each other, and congratulating each other on the state championship. Both teams came out as winners and will both go down in hockey history.

This is the 5th state hockey championship for the Marquette Redmen.

Marquette Redmen 2008 State Champions
Mike Peterson Goal
Marquette Goalie Jon Nezich
St. Mary’s goaltender Ryan Morley-Stockton
Tim Hooker Goal

ESPN even gave the story some attention, making it on the front page of their NHL section.

Photos by djarvinen

The Calumet Copper Kings also won the state championship in Division 3. Making it the first time two UP teams have won state hockey championships in the same year.