World record shootout in women’s hockey game with 54 shots
Germany’s women’s ice hockey league had taken a six-week break before returning to the ice last weekend. The Memmingen Indians and EC Bergkamen needed all of that rest in their first game back on Jan. 23, playing a world-record shootout that lasted 54 shots and 30 minutes.
(Where was the Marek Malik of German women’s hockey?!)
Memmingen’s Julia Seitz ended the drama on the 27th shot for her team, a half hour after the shootout began. "It was after the game a nice feeling to be record holders. This is also good for women's hockey,” she said after the game, a 4-3 win for the Indians.
According to the IIHF, the previous shootout record – which also happened to be in a German hockey game, in its men’s league – was set in Nov. 2010 when the Straubing Tigers defeated EHC Munchen 5-4 after 42 shots.
Memmingen had to rally with two goals in the last five minutes of regulation to force the overtime, including a goal by Canadian-born Kaitlyn Keon with 50 seconds left.
It went to the shootout, and then they shot … and they shot … and they shot … and they, well, you know, shot. Until Seitz ended it.
“We started to become impatient on the players’ bench because we desperately wanted to win the game. Once I was on the ice I thought I have to make it so that the game would have an end. I blanked out my original plan on how to shoot and decided spontaneously,” Seitz told Eishockey News, via the IIHF.
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