Overtime and Extra Time Games Record – by C. Scott Holland
Since 1987/88 the West Conference has had an overtime period whereby if a team loses it gains a point. Plus there was the initial shootout year (1994/95) and then the formal shootout format from 1999 -2014/15 and throughout that duration teams have played many of those contests.
Until just recently, the maximum number of consecutive shootout, OT games or tied games any team has played has been about five. But suddenly, the Strathroy Rockets have reeled off seven straight games in which extra time was needed. The Rockets began the record-setting streak with a Dec. 13th OT loss to Leamington and since then have gone 2-4 with one tie. Included in that string was a wild scoring affair on Jan. 9th when they lost 8-7 in a game at Sarnia during the second OT.
The St. Marys Lincolns have played the most extra time games when they went to 16 OTs or shootouts in 2011/12. The London Nationals were a part of 15 contests in 2008/09 and Strathroy matched that number in 2005/06.
The current edition of the Rockets have been in 14 this season (3 wins, 8 losses, 3 ties) and that matches the number in which LaSalle played (2010/11) and St. Thomas in 2008/09. One of the highest number of OT games any team has played in during a regular season is the eight the Leamington Flyers participated in during the 1996/97 campaign.
The Rockets streak has certainly proved that the youthful team is competitive and the string of OT games will come to an end.
However, Strathroy still has another 13 contests to play before regular season concludes and with the way they are going they could tie or break those high OT marks.
C. Scott Holland is an accomplished author, a former Western Jr. B Hockey League statistician and is recognized as the West Conference’s and GOJHL’s historian. A lifelong resident of Leamington Scott was a journalist for the now defunct Leamington Post for 26 years and currently writes for the Southpoint Sun. Among the books he has authored are: 75 Years: A History of the Leamington and Erie Shores Golf Course; A Century In The Making – History of Heinz Canada 1909-2009; Leamington Flyers 1992/93-2011/12 Platinum Anniversary Special Program; the Western Jr. B Record Book 2003/04 and 2005/05 editions; as well as updates of both the West Conference and GOJHL Record Books. He was been a member of he Leamington Jr. Flyers hockey club for the last 27 years and served many years as a board member, statistician, press box announcer, and scorekeeper among other duties. He has been named the West Conference Volunteer of Year and a Windsor-Essex Sportsperson of Year award.