Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Girls hockey championship declared tie because boys needed ice: Report

Two Connecticut girls hockey teams were named co-state champions after two overtime periods, with many claiming that the teams were kept from deciding a single champion because two boys teams were waiting to take the ice to play for their conference championship.

As reported by the Hartford Courant, the Connecticut girls hockey state championship game between Simsbury and East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor was declared a tie after the two teams were still knotted at 2-2 following two overtime periods at Terry Connors Rink in Stamford. The teams had competed both overtimes with 5-on-5 lineups through both overtime periods and expected to continue playing, but were instead told that the game would be ended in a tie.

The two teams ended up posing on opposite blue lines and then took a group photo, with one team holding the commemorative state title plaque and the other squad donning medals.

You can hear the final moments of the contest in the Tweet below:

The decision to end the game has led to a lot of finger pointing.

Some have blamed the Fairfield Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC), or at least representatives of its hockey division, which was preparing its own boys hockey conference title game immediately following the girls game. Game officials have even admitted that it was determined before the first puck of the girls game was dropped that the contest would not continue beyond two overtime periods.

Either way, the boys didn't let the girls finish.

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