Two days after the St. Ignatius Wildcats were forced to settle for a tie in the state championship hockey final, the debate continues as to whether the OHSAA officials made the correct call in calling the game against Sylvania Northview after seven overtimes.
"Still surreal," said St. Ignatius athletic director Rory Fitzpatrick.
The Wildcats were dominating the game, throwing 78 shots at Northview goalie David Marsh, who remarkably only let one in. As the hours passed, and the overtimes piled up, it was clear that Northview was overmatched, with players diving in front of shots just to allow the game to continue. After nearly five hours of hockey, with players cramping up, the OHSAA made the call to award co-championship trophies.
"You feel bad for them that they didn't get that celebration, but God forbid if somebody got hurt", Fitzpatrick said. "Sure, somebody could get hurt in the first period, but if you're telling me there's a higher propensity for injury as players became more and more exhausted, and somebody went down, I couldn't sleep at night. I couldn't sleep at night."
The Wildcats were honored at St. Ignatius on Monday.
"We just had a rally at school, and the smiles on our players, and the standing ovation..they were treated as state champions, and really that's all that matters at this point," added Fitzpatrick.
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