April 15, 2024

Sylvania Northview High School and St. Ignatius High School faced off on Saturday at Nationwide Arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets, for the Ohio state championship. A winner was not found.

Northview jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Jake Koback scored. St. Ignatius controlled the puck for the majority of the second period, but no goals were scored in the period. St. Ignatius was able to score a score a goal with under 8:00 left in regulation to tie the game up at 1-1. No goals were scored for the rest of regulation.

After seven overtime periods, the score was still 1-1. Neither team could find the back of the net after all the extra playing time.

Of course a game like this couldn’t end without controversy. The OHSAA decided to call the game a tie. Dan Ross, commissioner of the OHSAA, said the reason for his decision was player safety.

Northview was the champion of the Sylvania District, and St. Ignatius won the Brooklyn District. Northview beat Columbus St. Charles in the semi-finals, and St. Ignatius beat Mentor Lake Catholic.

Personally, I think they should have ended the game in a shootout after they decided they needed to end the game. Shootouts are not used in the OHSAA.

ESPN even found interest in this game. They posted about it on Twitter and showed the highlights on Sportscenter.

Congratulations to Ohio state co-champions Northview and St. Ignatius.

-Ryan Hite, find me on Twitter @CST_ryanhite

Image credit to yuma.org

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