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Another Miracle on Ice

March 11, 2008 - Bill Speer
Some have called it a mistake. Others have called it a shame. Still others have called for major revisions in the sport. I call it a perfect end to a perfect season for two very talented teams.

Last weekend the Marquette and Orchard Lake St. Mary's made history as the two teams played to a 1-1 tie after eight overtime periods before ultimately being declared co-champions in the Division 1 hockey final by MHSAA officials.

It went down as the longest hockey game in United States high school hockey history.

While naturally both teams would have liked to emerge a winner, after three regulation periods and eight overtime periods, I believe everyone on each team was a true winner. Seeing both teams hoist the trophy together at mid-ice leaves a lasting impression as to the real value of high school sports.

Too often all of us - students, parents and fans - focus too much on the wins and losses instead of the character building that high school sports foster. I know I certainly was guilty of that in the past when my boys played high school sports. Today my sons are mature men and part of that maturity stems from the lessons they learned playing high school sports.

To see something like the co-champions celebrating together, smiles on all faces, is gratifying. Each team played hard and left nothing on the ice that day. Each team expected a victory, and tried hard to achieve it. That is why, after eight overtimes, I'm glad to see MHSAA officials stop the game and declare the joint champions. Both teams deserve the recognition

 
 

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