LONGEST PLAYOFF OVERTIME GAME IN GOJHL HISTORY ENTERS RECORD BOOK

Longest Playoff Game In GOJHL History – by C. Scott Holland

Playing overtime in any playoff game means extra periods and more hockey bang for the fans’ buck. But it is extremely tiring on the players and coaches.

In the West Conference (former Western Jr. B H.L.) Leamington and Strathroy played the first game of a best of seven finals series which ended at about 1:50 am – just 10 minutes shy of the 2 am curfew. Leamington won that game 7-6. It lasted about 106 minutes to go into the record books for that conference.

Then in 2009, Kitchener and Waterloo engaged in what was deemed the longest playoff game ever as they played 4 overtime periods before a goal after 126 minutes of action ended that affair.

However on Wed. March 23, 2016 – exactly 7 years after that classic game, the Ancaster Avalanche and St. Catharines Falcons engaged in an epic OT playoff battle. Ancaster took a 2-0 lead in the opening frame and the Falcons chipped away by getting one in the second and another in the third to knot the contest and head to OT.

Ancaster’s Zach Lawrence became the hero when he potted the game-winner at 11:09 of the fourth overtime. The 131:09 game now goes into the record books as the GOJHL’s longest playoff game.

The Falcons outshot the Avalanche 87-54, including a 44-26 advantage in overtime.

Both teams are most likely thankful that they did not play on Thursday night. The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2 with game five on Good Friday, Mar. 25 at 7 pm in St. Catharines at Jack Gatecliff arena.

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