When National Hockey League fans hear "five overtimes", they immediately think of Philadelphia Flyers forward Keith Primeau making Darius Kasparaitis(notes) of the Pittsburgh Penguins look silly during Game 4 of the 2000 Eastern Conference semifinals. That game lasted 152:01 of hockey time and is the third longest in NHL history, 24 minutes behind the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Maroons marathon played in 1936.
Last night's first game of the best-of-three ECAC quarterfinal between Union College and Quinnipiac went to a fifth overtime and became the longest game in the history of D-I college hockey. After 150:22, Quinnipac's Greg Holt scored the game-winner to give the Bobcats a 3-2 victory.
The game ended at 1:03 a.m. EST and both teams will be back at it tonight at 7 p.m. EST for Game 2. Despite how tired his team is, Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold said they're excited at being a win away from advancing:
"From a competitive standpoint, my guys really wanted it. This is new territory for us. We will see what happens. It's one thing to win in one overtime, it's quite another to win in five. My guys are pretty jacked right now. But they are absolutely beyond exhaustion -- but I think Union is, too."
Coming up, highlights from the five overtime marathon and some fun facts about the game.
Here are the highlights:
Some fun facts from the five hour and 57 minute game:
• Puck drop was 7:07 p.m. EST.
• The teams combined for 76 shots in overtime and 130 shots total. There were only 54 combined shots after regulation.
• Union, the nation's fifth-ranked scoring team, went 140:40 without scoring a goal after taking a 2-0 lead 9:42 into the first period.
• Quinnipiac netminder Dan Clarke set an ECAC Tournament school single-game record with 73 saves.
• Union went 0-for-3 and Quinnipiac 0-for-2 on the power play in overtime.
• The win gives Quinnipiac its 10th 20-win season in the last 12 years.
• Union goaltender Keith Kinkaid's goals-against average dropped from 2.73 to 2.56.
• In their 19 years since being a Division I school, Union has played eight overtime games, losing seven of them.
• The previous longest game in Quinnipiac school history was 90:50 back in December of 2001 during a 4-3 win over Rensselaer.
• Union is no stranger to long games having played in the only two NCAA D-I games to last five overtimes. The previous effort (and NCAA record) was March 2, 2006 when Yale upset Union after playing 141:35 of hockey in an ECAC first-round game. That game, like last night's, was played at Messa Rink in Schenectady, New York.