After 7 OTs, Northview hockey named state co-champs

Northview Wildcats named Ohio hockey co-champs after marathon, seven overtime final

Nobody lost - and two teams were declared winners - after a marathon, seven-overtime high school ice hockey state championship game in Columbus Saturday.

Sylvania Northview and St. Ignatius fought through regulation and seven overtimes tied 1-1 at Nationwide Arena.

Then, according to the sanctioning Ohio High School Athletic Association, both head coaches, school administrators and the OHSAA decided the game at Nationwide Arena would end in a tie because of concerns about player safety for the two worn-out teams.

There is no shootout procedure in Ohio high school hockey.

David Marsh had a championship-game record 77 saves for the Northview Wilcats (17-13-2) in the longest title game in state history. Dylan McKeon had 31 stops for St. Ignatius (30-4-6).

Northview head coach Mike Jones said in a post-game interview that he is proud of his players, many of whom could not even walk to the showers after the marathon game.

St. Ignatius won two previous meetings between the teams this season.

The Wildcats fell to Shaker Heights in last year's hockey state final.

(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)