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March 17, 2014

It takes 14 overtimes to defeat PYH girls

ROCHESTER — The Plattsburgh Youth Hockey girls U14 team dropped a heart-breaking semifinal game in the USA Hockey New York State Tier II Championships Sunday in 14 overtimes — a state record.

The Roadrunners fell 1-0 when West Seneca scored with 1:02 remaining in the 14th overtime.

“It was incredible. I can’t believe how long the game was,” PYH Coach Steve Sullivan said.

Plattsburgh entered the game as the top seed in their division after defeating Niagara Falls and Brewster and tying Amherst in round-robin play at the Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex on the campus of Monroe Community College in Rochester.

They outshot West Seneca by a wide margin in the marathon semifinal, but could not sneak one past their goalie.

“Their goalie played incredible. We had chance after chance,” Sullivan said.

The ice was re-surfaced after each two of the five-minute overtime periods, and eventually after each four stanzas.

In between periods, the girls fueled up on fruit, animal crackers, pop tarts and Gatorade.

“They were just exhausted. We started playing at 7:15 a.m. and ended at 11:45 a.m.”

Although information was difficult to find, the game could very well be a record for longest youth hockey game in the U.S. A game between 9 and 10-year-old girls in Toronto between Stratford and Chatham in 2012 lasted 12 overtimes.

Despite the loss, Sullivan said the Roadrunners had a season to remember.

“When we got here nobody knew who we were, but they know now,” the coach said.

“Our girls definitely have a lot to be proud of and had a fantastic experience even though it didn’t end the way we wanted it to.”

Team members include Corinne Smith, Reilly Boule, Abby Boule, Micalli Johnston, Meghan Sullivan, Kathleen Sullivan, Annabelle Lacombe, Madison Brown, Meagan Gilbert, Hannah Glicksman, Faith Fell, Eliza Rodriquez, Cameron Snyder, Kelsey Baker and Jackie Ryan.

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