Overtime is a method of determining a winner in an ice hockey game when the score is tied after regulation. The main methods of determining a winner in a tied game are the overtime period (commonly referred to as overtime), the shootout, or a combination of both. If league rules dictate a finite time in which overtime may be played, with no penalty shoot-out to follow, the game's winning team may or may not be necessarily determined.
Overtime periods are extra periods beyond the third regulation period during a game, where normal hockey rules apply. Although in the past, full-length overtime periods were played, overtimes today are golden goal (a form of sudden death), meaning that the game ends immediately when a player scores a goal.
From November 21, 1942, when overtime was eliminated due to war time restrictions and continuing until the 1983-84 season, all NHL regular-season games tied after 60 minutes of play ended as ties. On June 23, 1983, the NHL introduced a regular-season overtime period of five minutes. If the five-minute overtime period ended with no scoring, the game ended as a tie (the World Hockey Association had used a 10-minute regular season overtime period, as had the NHL prior to World War II). In the first games to go to overtime, on October 5, 1983, the Minnesota North Stars and Los Angeles Kings skated to a 3-3 tie, and the Detroit Red Wings and Winnipeg Jets tied 6-6. The first regular-season game decided by overtime was on October 8, 1983, as the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 8-7.
In 1987-88 and since 1995, the American Hockey League has awarded teams one point in the standings for an overtime loss (OTL). In 1998, the AHL introduced a rule where teams will play the five-minute overtime period with four skaters and a goaltender, rather than at full strength (five skaters), except in two-man advantage situations. In a two-man advantage situation, the team with the advantage will play with five skaters against three skaters. The rule was popular and adopted by the NHL and ECHL the next season.
Alex Ovechkin has the record for most NHL overtime goals with 20.
In the Stanley Cup playoffs, overtime periods are played like regulation periods except for the golden goal rule - in an overtime period, the game ends when one team scores a goal; the teams are at full strength (five skaters, barring penalties), there is no shootout, and each overtime period is 20 minutes with full intermissions between overtime periods. Three of the game's legendary players, Mark Messier (109 playoff goals), Mario Lemieux (77 goals), and Gordie Howe (68 goals) never scored a playoff overtime goal.
In many leagues (including the NHL for regular-season games since the 2005-06 season) and in international competitions, a failure to reach a decision in a single overtime may lead to a shootout. Some leagues may eschew overtime periods altogether and end games in shootout should teams be tied at the end of regulation. In the ECHL, regular season overtime periods are played four on four for one five-minute period. In the Southern Professional Hockey League, regular season overtime periods are played three on three for one five-minute period, with penalties resulting in the opponents skating one additional player on ice (up to two additional players) for the penalty for the first three minutes, and a penalty shot in the final two minutes. The AHL, since the 2014-15 season, extended the overtime to seven minutes, with the last three minutes reduced further to three men aside and teams getting an additional skater for each opponent's penalty. The idea of using 3-on-3 skaters for the entirety of a five-minute overtime period for a regular season game was adopted by the NHL on June 24, 2015, which was first used in the 2015-16 NHL season.
In IIHF play, rules for overtime depend on the stage of the competition. For a round robin or preliminary round game that goes to overtime, the teams will play a maximum of five minutes of 3-on-3 hockey in the "golden goal" format. If no one scores in the five minute overtime, a three-round shootout will decide the winner. In the case of a playoff game or a bronze medal game, the teams will play a maximum of ten minutes of 4-on-4 hockey in the "golden goal" format. If there is no score in the overtime, a five-round shootout will decide the winner. If the gold medal game of a top category IIHF championship goes to overtime, the teams will play a maximum of twenty minutes of 5-on-5 hockey in the "golden goal" format. If there is no winner after the overtime, a five-round shootout will decide the winner. In all cases, the teams must change ends, and defend the same side that they did in the second period.
In international competition, shootouts (or more formally, game-winning shots (GWS), and, in some European countries, bullets, or bullits), are often used. Each coach selects three skaters from their team to take penalty shots one at a time against the opposing goaltender, with teams alternating shots. Each team gets one shot per round. The winner is the team with more goals after three rounds or the team that amasses an unreachable advantage before then (ex. a team gains a two-goal lead with only one round left). If the shootout is tied after three rounds, tie-breaker rounds are played one at a time (with each team taking one additional shot) until there is a winner.
The IIHF first adopted the game-winning-shot procedure in 1992 when a new playoff procedure in the Winter Olympics and World Championships required a winner for each game. At that time, the shootout was five rounds and only used for knock-out games. In 2006, it was reduced to three rounds and used for all games, eliminating the possibility of tied games at IIHF events. Tie-breaker rounds are still used as needed, and the same or new players can take the tie-break shots, which is also done in reverse order. As of May 2016, all IIHF preliminary round games that are not decided by overtime, are decided by a three-round shootout. However, all playoff, bronze medal games and gold medal games of IIHF top level championships (especially the Olympics) are decided by five round shooutouts.
Most lower minor leagues (ECHL, Central, UHL) have featured a shootout where, at the end of regulation, a shootout similar to the international tournament format is used.
However, in 2000, the ECHL adopted the AHL's four-on-four overtime before the shootout.
For the 2004-05 AHL season, the AHL adopted a five-man shootout, which was first used in that league in 1986-87. The standard five-man shootout is used after four-on-four overtime for all minor leagues in North America. The AHL switched to the NHL formatted three-man shootout for the 2014-15 season.
The Central Collegiate Hockey Association added the shootout as of the 2008-09 season.
Following the lead of minor leagues, as of the 2005-06 season, the NHL ends exhibition and regular season games still tied after a five-minute-length, three-skaters-per-side overtime period (as of the 2015-16 NHL season onwards) with a shootout. The NHL format is a three-round shootout with tiebreaker rounds as needed. All skaters (except goalies) on a team's roster must shoot before any player can shoot a second time. On December 16, 2014 the longest shootout in NHL history went to 20 rounds before Nick Bjugstad of the Florida Panthers scored to defeat the Washington Capitals; the previous record was 15 rounds.
The shootout is not used in the playoffs for any North American league. Instead, full 20-minute overtime periods are played until one team scores a goal.
Tactics are very important during penalty shots and overtime shootouts for both the shooter and the goalie. Both shooters and goalies commonly consult their teammates and coaches for advice on the opposing player's style of play. Shooters often consider the goalie's strengths and weaknesses (such as a fast glove or stick save), preferred goaltending style (such as butterfly or stand-up) and method of challenging the shooter. Goaltenders often consider the shooter's shot preference, expected angle of attack, a patented move a shooter commonly uses and even handedness of the shooter.
Most shooters attempt to out-deke the goalie in order to create a better scoring chance. Former Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk and New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis are examples of players who commonly use this tactic. However, it is not uncommon for a shooter to simply shoot for an opening without deking. This is commonly referred to as sniping. This is most commonly performed when a goalie challenges a shooter by giving them an open hole (by keeping a glove, pad or stick out of position or being out of sound goaltending position altogether to tempt the shooter to aim for the given opening). Former NHL forwards Markus Näslund and Brett Hull are two players commonly referred to as snipers. Very rarely a shooter may take a slapshot or wrist shot from the point or top of the slot. This is almost exclusively performed when a shooter either has a high level of confidence in their shot or they attempt to catch the goalie by surprise. Retired player Brian Rolston, Detroit Red Wings winger Todd Bertuzzi, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, and Vancouver Canucks winger Daniel Sedin have all used this tactic with success.
This is a list of all National Hockey League (NHL) overtime games that went into at least three overtimes (winning team is bold).
|Away Team||Score||Home Team||Date||Scorer||Arena|
|1.||6th||116:30||Detroit Red Wings||
||Montreal Maroons||March 24, 1936||Mud Bruneteau||Montreal Forum|
||Toronto Maple Leafs||April 3, 1933 +||Ken Doraty||Maple Leaf Gardens|
||Pittsburgh Penguins||May 4, 2000||Keith Primeau||Mellon Arena|
|4.||5th||80:48||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||
||Dallas Stars||April 24, 2003||Petr Sykora||American Airlines Center|
||Washington Capitals||April 24, 1996||Petr Nedved||USAir Arena|
||Vancouver Canucks||April 11, 2007||Henrik Sedin||General Motors Place|
|7.||4th||70:18||Toronto Maple Leafs||
||Detroit Red Wings||March 23, 1943||Jack McLean||Detroit Olympia|
|8.||4th||69:03||San Jose Sharks||
||Dallas Stars||May 4, 2008 +||Brenden Morrow||American Airlines Center|
|9.||5th||68:52||New York Rangers||
||Montreal Canadiens||March 28, 1930||Gus Rivers||Montreal Forum|
|10.||4th||68:47||New York Islanders||
||Washington Capitals||April 18, 1987 ++ (See page)||Pat LaFontaine||Capital Centre|
|11.||4th||65:43||New Jersey Devils||
||Buffalo Sabres||April 27, 1994||Dave Hannan||Buffalo Memorial Auditorium|
||Detroit Red Wings||March 27, 1951||Maurice Richard||Detroit Olympia|
|13.||4th||60:40||New York Americans||
||New York Rangers||March 27, 1938||Lorne Carr||Madison Square Garden|
|14.||3rd||59:32||New York Rangers||
||Montreal Canadiens||March 26, 1932||Fred Cook||Montreal Forum|
||New York Rangers||March 21, 1939||Mel Hill||Madison Square Garden|
||Edmonton Oilers||April 27, 1999 +||Joe Nieuwendyk||Skyreach Centre|
||Anaheim Ducks||May 19, 2015||Marcus Krüger||Honda Center|
||Boston Bruins||May 15, 1990*||Petr Klima||Boston Garden|
||Buffalo Sabres||June 19, 1999** +||Brett Hull||Marine Midland Arena|
|20.||3rd||54:47||Detroit Red Wings||
||Carolina Hurricanes||June 8, 2002*||Igor Larionov||Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena|
|21.||3rd||54:41||New York Rangers||
||Washington Capitals||May 2, 2012||Marian Gaborik||Verizon Center|
||Toronto Maple Leafs||April 16, 2003||Mark Recchi||Air Canada Centre|
||Montreal Canadiens||April 9, 1931*||Cy Wentworth||Montreal Forum|
||Chicago Blackhawks||March 26, 1961||Murray Balfour||Chicago Stadium|
||Chicago Blackhawks||June 12, 2013*||Andrew Shaw||United Center|
|26.||3rd||51:49||Detroit Red Wings||
||Montreal Canadiens||April 1, 1937||Hec Kilrea||Montreal Forum|
||Montreal Canadiens||March 26, 1930||Howie Morenz||Montreal Forum|
|T28.||3rd||51:12||Tampa Bay Lightning||
||New Jersey Devils||May 2, 2003 +||Grant Marshall||Continental Airlines Arena|
|T28.||3rd||51:12||San Jose Sharks||
||Nashville Predators||May 5, 2016||Mike Fisher||Bridgestone Arena|
||Calgary Flames||April 23, 1996 +||Joe Murphy||Canadian Airlines Saddledome|
||Detroit Red Wings||June 2, 2008*||Petr Sykora||Joe Louis Arena|
|32.||3rd||48:00||New York Rangers||
||Boston Bruins||April 2, 1939||Mel Hill||Boston Garden|
|33.||3rd||47:37||New Jersey Devils||
||Montreal Canadiens||April 24, 1997||Patrice Brisebois||Molson Centre|
||Pittsburgh Penguins||April 22, 2010||Matt Carkner||Mellon Arena|
||New Jersey Devils||June 8, 2000*||Mike Modano||Continental Airlines Arena|
||Montreal Maroons||March 20, 1930||Harry Oliver||Montreal Forum|
||Detroit Red Wings||March 22, 1949||Max McNab||Detroit Olympia|
||Chicago Blackhawks||May 8, 1996||Joe Sakic||United Center|
||Florida Panthers||June 10, 1996** +||Uwe Krupp||Miami Arena|
||Toronto Maple Leafs||May 4, 2002||Gary Roberts||Air Canada Centre|
|41.||3rd||44:03||Tampa Bay Lightning||
||Washington Capitals||April 20, 2003 +||Martin St. Louis||MCI Center|
|42.||3rd||43:18||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||
||Detroit Red Wings||April 10, 2003||Paul Kariya||Joe Louis Arena|
|43.||3rd||43:00||Toronto Maple Leafs||
||Detroit Red Wings||March 27, 1960||Frank Mahovlich||Detroit Olympia|
||Calgary Flames||April 17, 2004||Brendan Morrison||Pengrowth Saddledome|
|45.||3rd||42:24||San Jose Sharks||
||Edmonton Oilers||May 10, 2006||Shawn Horcoff||Rexall Place|
||Detroit Red Wings||March 29, 1951||Maurice Richard||Detroit Olympia|
|47.||3rd||41:31||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||
||Detroit Red Wings||May 4, 1997||Vyacheslav Kozlov||Joe Louis Arena|
||New York Rangers||April 29, 1971||Pete Stemkowski||Madison Square Garden|
||Detroit Red Wings||May 3, 2009||Todd Marchant||Joe Louis Arena|
||Chicago Blackhawks||April 21, 2015||Brent Seabrook||United Center|
||St. Louis Blues||April 17, 2014||Alexander Steen||Scottrade Center|
|League||Home Team||Score||Away Team||Date||Scorer|
|1.||5th||80:41||Play-off to Kvalserien||IF Troja/Ljungby||
||Bofors IK||March 20, 2002||Mika Välilä|
|2.||4th||73:38||Play-off to Division 1||Olofströms IK||
||Kristianstads IK||March 7, 1995||Roman Steblecki|
|3.||4th||68:42||Play-off to Division 1||Osby IK||
||Mariestad BoIS HC||February 28, 1993||Jonas Evaldsson|
|4.||3rd||59:16||Elitserien Semi-finals||Leksands IF||
||Färjestad BK||March 23, 1997||Andreas Karlsson|
|5.||3rd||57:37||Play-off to Kvalserien||IFK Arboga IK||
||Bofors IK||March 13, 2002||Fredrik Gustavsson|
|6.||3rd||52:17||Elitserien Quarterfinals||Timrå IK||
||Luleå HF||March 3, 2003||Marcus Åkerblom|
|7.||3rd||50:55||Play-off to SHL||Karlskrona HK||
||AIK||March 19, 2016||Vyacheslav Trukhno|
|8.||3rd||47:14||Play-off to Division 1||IFK Österåkers IK||
||Lidingö HC||March 10, 1996||Mikael Lindqvist|
|9.||3rd||41:56||Elitserien Finals||Västra Frölunda HC||
||Färjestad BK||April 7, 2003||Tomi Kallio|
|10.||3rd||41:14||Play-off to Kvalserien||Timrå IK||
||Huddinge IK||February 26, 1989||Ove Öström|
This is a list of Kontinental Hockey League games that went to at least the third overtime.
|Home Team||Score||Away Team||Date||Scorer||Ref|
|1.||4th||66:14||Lev Praha||3-4||HC Donbass||March 21, 2014||Andrei Konev|||
|2.||3rd||58:48||Severstal Cherepovets||3-2||Lokomotiv Yaroslavl||February 25, 2013||Denis Kazionov|||
|3.||3rd||56:35||Admiral Vladivostok||2-3||Metallurg Magnitogorsk||March 12, 2014||Danis Zaripov|||
|4.||3rd||49:11||Metallurg Magnitogorsk||2-3||Avangard Omsk||March 15, 2011||Andrei Pervyshin|||
|5.||3rd||48:54||Traktor Chelyabinsk||1-2||Ak Bars Kazan||March 22, 2012||Danis Zaripov|||
|6.||3rd||41:39||HC CSKA Moscow||3-2||SKA St. Petersburg||March 28, 2015||Roman Lyubimov|||
The longest game in Belarusian extraleague is game first of the 2015 Semi-finals on March 7, 2015. Yunost Minsk beat the HK Gomel, 2-1, at Gomel Ice Palace of Sports on a goal by Vitaly Kiryuschenkov at 5:11 of the sixth 20-minute overtime period. Alexander Tsetkovsky was the winning goaltender for the Yunost, making 107 saves.
|League||Home Team||Score||Away Team||Date||Scorer|
|1.||3rd||53:51||Extraliga ledního hokeje||HC Mountfield||
||HC Vítkovice Steel||March 7, 2013 ++||Peter Hú?evka|
|2.||2nd||36:15||Extraliga ledního hokeje||PSG Zlín||
||HC ?koda Plze?||April 21, 2013 **||Martin Straka|
|3.||2nd||25:09||Extraliga ledního hokeje||HC Sparta Praha||
||Bílí Tyg?i Liberec||April 24, 2016 **||Martin Bako?|
March 22, 2008: Philip Gogulla of the Cologne Sharks ends the longest German hockey game ever and the third longest worldwide, scoring the ninth-overall goal in a 5:4 victory over the Mannheim Eagles. The goal comes 8:16 into the sixth overtime period for a total of 108:16 of overtime. It is the third quarter-final game (best of seven) in the Kölnarena in Cologne in front of an audience of 17,000. The game had begun at 5:30 pm and ends at 12:15 am.
March 12, 2017: Joakim Jensen of the Storhamar Ishockey ends the longest hockey game in history, scoring with 2:46 left in octuple overtime for a total of 157:14 of overtime, and 217:14 of hockey played. It was Game 5 of the quarter-finals of the 2016-17 GET-ligaen playoffs against the Sparta Warriors in the CC Amfi. About 1,000 out of the 5,500 people that attended the game watched the entire game. The game started at 18:00 and ended at 2:32 the next morning.
|Away Team||Score||Home Team||Date||Scorer||Arena|
||Storhamar Ishockey||March 12, 2017||Joakim Jensen||CC Amfi|
||Trondheim Black Panthers||March 8, 2003||Joakim Backlund||Leangen Ishall|
||Vålerenga||March 28, 2000||Johan Brummer||Jordal Amfi|
This is a list of the longest American Hockey League (AHL) overtime games.
The longest game in AHL history was game five of the 2008 East Division Semi-finals on April 24, 2008. The Philadelphia Phantoms beat the Albany River Rats, 3-2, at Times Union Center on a goal by Ryan Potulny at 2:58 of quintuple overtime. Scott Munroe was the winning goaltender for the Phantoms, making 65 saves. Michael Leighton was the losing goaltender for the River Rats despite making 98 saves.
|Away Team||Score||Home Team||Date|
|1.||82:58||Philadelphia Phantoms||3-2||Albany River Rats||April 24, 2008|
|2.||74:56**||Houston Aeros||1-2||Hamilton Bulldogs||May 30, 2003|
|3.||74:08||Rochester Americans||2-3||New Haven Nighthawks||April 10, 1982|
|4.||62:42||Syracuse Stars||3-2||Cleveland Barons||April 4, 1938|
|5.||61:46||Cleveland Barons||2-3||Pittsburgh Hornets||April 14, 1953|
|6.||60:16||Oklahoma City Barons||2-1||Utica Comets||May 7, 2015|
|7.||59:47||Providence Reds||2-3||Cleveland Barons||March 28, 1939|
|8.||53:02||Philadelphia Phantoms||2-1||Norfolk Admirals||April 28, 2004|
|9.||52:26||Binghamton Senators||2-3||Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins||April 25, 2005|
|10.||50:16||Cleveland Barons||4-3||Springfield Indians||April 4, 1962|
|11.||47:49||Worcester IceCats||3-4||Hartford Wolf Pack||May 5, 2004|
|12.||46:15||Pittsburgh Hornets||2-1||Springfield Indians||March 22, 1941|
|13.||46:00||Worcester IceCats||3-2||Manchester Monarchs||April 22, 2004|
|14.||45:17*||Nova Scotia Voyageurs||4-3||Maine Mariners||April 11, 1985|
|15.||44:48**||Cleveland Barons||4-5||Philadelphia Ramblers||April 4, 1939|
|16.||44:30||Pittsburgh Hornets||3-2||Hershey Bears||March 31, 1951|
|17.||44:18||Baltimore Clippers||3-4||Rochester Americans||April 16, 1967|
|18.||44:13||Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins||3-4||Manchester Monarchs||May 6, 2015|
|19.||44:02||Pittsburgh Hornets||2-3||Cleveland Barons||April 3, 1956|
|20.||43:10||Portland Pirates||2-1||Hershey Bears||April 28, 2016|
The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds needed 61:53 of overtime (four extra periods) to defeat the Acadia University Axemen 3-2 on February 27, 2011 in game two of a best-of-five AUS semi-final series at Fredericton, New Brunswick. Nick MacNeil scored the game-winner at 11:53 of the seventh period overall.
York University Lions and Lakehead University Thunderwolves went to a fourth overtime period (50:13 minutes of overtime) on February 14, 2007 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, to decide a winner in OUA men's playoff hockey action. Lakehead won the game at the 13-second mark of the fourth overtime period.
Morgan McHaffie scored at 17:14 of the sixth overtime period to lead the Queen's Golden Gaels to a 2-1 win over the host Guelph Gryphons in the first game of the best-of-three OUA women's hockey final, March 2, 2011. The game, which lasted 167 minutes and 14 seconds, including 107:14 of extra time, is the longest on record in CIS or NCAA hockey - women's or men's. Winning goaltender Mel Dodd-Moher made 66 saves, while Danielle Skoufranis made 44 saves in a losing cause. It is the longest game ever played sanctioned by Hockey Canada.
|Away Team||Score||Home Team||Date|
|1.||77:18||Colorado Eagles||2-3||Idaho Steelheads||April 28-29, 2014|
|2.||66:10||Elmira Jackals||5-4||Trenton Devils||April 10, 2009|
|3.||64:19||South Carolina Stingrays||4-3||Gwinnett Gladiators||April 6-7, 2012|
|4.||61:24||Louisiana IceGators||2-3||Greenville Grrrowl||May 5, 2000|
|5.||55:19||Jackson Bandits||5-4||Louisiana IceGators||April 5, 2002|
|6.||53:30||Las Vegas Wranglers||3-4||Alaska Aces||May 2, 2006|
|7.||50:37||South Carolina Stingrays||3-4||Mississippi Sea Wolves||April 13, 1999|
|8.||48:13||Idaho Steelheads||3-2||Las Vegas Wranglers||April 6, 2011|
|9.||46:30||Mississippi Sea Wolves||3-4||Pee Dee Pride||May 2, 1999|
|10.||46:23||Utah Grizzlies||4-3||Fresno Falcons||April 14, 2008|
|11.||45:47||Hampton Roads Admirals||2-1||Greensboro Monarchs||April 9, 1991*|
|12.||45:38||Florida Everblades||2-1||South Carolina Stingrays||May 6, 2015|
|13.||45:30||South Carolina Stingrays||1-0||Toledo Walleye||May 27, 2015**|
|14.||44:03||Wheeling Nailers||2-1||Reading Royals||May 5, 2016|
|15.||44:02||Kalamazoo Wings||3-4||Greenville Road Warriors||April 26, 2014|
|16.||43:07||Toledo Walleye||4-5||Colorado Eagles||May 19, 2017|
|17.||42:31||Colorado Eagles||5-4||Utah Grizzlies||April 17, 2016|
|18.||40:36||Idaho Steelheads||0-1||Stockton Thunder||May 5, 2010|
* Championship Series game.
** Game 7
On May 12, 2008, one of the longest games in IHL history, if not the longest, took place in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was the seventh game of the Turner Cup Final between the hometown Fort Wayne Komets and Port Huron Icehawks. The game was tied 2-2 through regulation. The first two extra periods solved nothing, but 23 seconds into the third overtime period, at some point after midnight ET, Justin Hodgman scored the winning goal to give the Komets their fifth Turner Cup title. It was the club's first since 1993, and their sixth overall, with their last championship being the Colonial Cup in 2003. The Komets would win again the following year with an easy game five victory at home, which was the first time in franchise history they won back-to-back championships. They would follow up with a third consecutive Turner Cup in 2010, again clinching on home ice, securing a dynasty.
The longest game in NCAA hockey history was played on March 6-7, 2015. UMass beat Notre Dame, 4-3, in the Hockey East first-round playoff game after 91:42 of overtime. Shane Walsh scored the winning goal for UMass. Longest game list: <<http://www.collegehockeynews.com/almanac/longestGames.php>>
|Overall game length
|Overtime length||Number of overtimes||Winning team||Score||Losing team||Where it occurred||Date|
|151:42||91:42||5||UMass||4-3||Notre Dame||Hockey East First Round (Game 1, Best of 3)||March 7, 2015|
|150:22||90:22||5||Quinnipiac University||3-2||Union College||ECACH Quarter-Finals (Game 1, Best of 3)||March 12, 2010|
|141:35||81:35||5||Yale University||3-2||Union College||ECACHL First Round (Game 2, Best of 3)||March 4, 2006|
|129:30||69:30||4||Colorado College||1-0||Wisconsin Badgers||WCHA First Round (Game 2, Best of 3)||March 3, 1997|
|123:53||63:53||4||St. Lawrence||3-2||Boston University||NCAA East Regional (Second round)||March 26, 2000|
|121:05||61:05||4||Colgate University||4-3||Dartmouth College||ECAC Quarterfinal (Game 1, Best of 3)||March 14, 2003|
The longest game in NCAA hockey history was played on March 6, 2015. UMass beat Notre Dame, 4-3, in the Hockey East first round with 8:18 left in quintuple overtime. Shane Walsh scored the winning goal just after 1:00 am local time. The previous longest was played on March 12, 2010. Quinnipiac University beat Union College, 3-2, in the ECAC Quarterfinals, as Greg Holt scored with 9:38 left in quintuple overtime.
The 3rd longest game in NCAA hockey history was played on March 5, 2006. Yale University beat Union College, 3-2, in the ECAC Hockey League first-round playoff game after 81:35 of overtime. David Meckler scored the winning goal with Yale shorthanded.
The longest game in NCAA Division III hockey history, and the fourth longest in NCAA history overall, began at 7:05 pm on February 27, 2010 and ended at 12:35 am of the following day. Gustavus Adolphus College beat Augsburg College, 6-5, to advance to the MIAC championship game after 78:38 of overtime. Eric Bigham scored the winning goal.
A 2000 NCAA regional final in men's ice hockey between St. Lawrence University and Boston University ended with 63:53 of overtime. Manitoba native and minor hockey buddy of Craig McAulay, Robin Carruthers scored the gwg after four periods of overtime play
A March 30, 1991 game between Northern Michigan University and Boston University ended with Northern Michigan earning an 8-7 victory over Boston University. Unlikely hero Darryl Plandowski scores in the third overtime period and fifth hour of play to give the Wildcats the title.
A March 14, 2003 ECAC Quarterfinal game between Colgate University and Dartmouth ended, 4-3 for Colgate, after 61:05 in overtime.
On March 26, 2006, the Wisconsin Badgers beat the Cornell Big Red 1-0 at 11:13 into the third overtime at the Midwest Regional Final in the NCAA Tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay. It was the second-longest NCAA Tournament game in its history and the longest 1-0 game in tournament history. It is currently the ninth-longest game all-time in NCAA Division I history.
An March 11, 2007 game between St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota-Duluth during the first round of the WCHA playoffs ended with SCSU winning, 3-2, after 51:33 of overtime. It is the eighth-longest NCAA Division I game in history.
In the first round of the 2008 WCHA hockey tournament featuring the fourth-seeded Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks hosting the seventh-seeded University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, the Friday and Sunday games both went into double overtime, and the Saturday night game went into one overtime. The Gophers prevailed two games to one in the series, winning Saturday and Sunday.
On March 3, 2012, in the first round of the 2012 ECAC Hockey hockey tournament featuring the seventh-seeded Clarkson Golden Knights men's ice hockey team hosting the tenth-seeded RPI Engineers men's ice hockey team, Clarkson beat RPI 4-3 at 13:48 in the third overtime period, after 113:48 of play. It is currently the seventh-longest game all-time in NCAA Division I history.
On March 10, 1996, New Hampshire defeated Providence, 3-2, in an ECAC Women's Championship game after 85:35 of overtime. (This is not an NCAA record, as the NCAA did not officially recognize women's hockey until the 2001 season; however, it stands as the longest women's college hockey game)
On March 10, 2007, Wisconsin defeated Harvard, 1-0, in an NCAA Women's Quarterfinal game after 67:09 of overtime at the Kohl Center in Madison WI. Wisconsin went on to win the national championship.
On March 10, 2012, Cornell University defeated Boston University, 8-7, in an NCAA Women's Quarterfinal game after 59:50 of overtime at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, New York, surpassing the men's game from the previous night as the longest hockey game to be played at the rink.
On March 21, 2010, Minnesota-Duluth defeated Cornell 3-2 in the NCAA championship game, after 59:26 of overtime (119:26 total game time), the longest men's or women's hockey championship game in NCAA history.
The semi-final game for the 2007 RBC Cup, saw the host Prince George Spruce Kings taking on the Camrose Kodiaks. The game ended up being the longest game in Royal Bank Cup history at 146 minutes and 1 second. The Spruce Kings broke a 2-2 tie just over six minutes into the fifth overtime period to win 3-2 and clinch a berth in the RBC Cup Final against the Aurora Tigers. Jason Yuel of the Spruce Kings scored the winner while goaltender Jordan White stopped 91 of 93 shots for the victory.
On February 10, 2007, the Toronto Jr. Canadiens defeated the Pickering Panthers, 4-3, to take a 2-0 series lead in the first round of the OPJHL playoffs, after 104:32 of overtime. It is the second longest game ever played sanctioned by Hockey Canada.
February 1999, the St. Catharines Falcons defeated the Port Colborne Sailors 7-6 to take a 2-1 series lead in the semi-finals of the Golden Horseshoe Jr. B Hockey League Playoffs. Peter Lacey scored 11 minutes into the fifth overtime period, ending the game at 2:18 am. The game started at 7:30 pm. It is the longest junior hockey game sanctioned by Hockey Canada
Marquette vs Orchard Lake St Marys went eight overtimes during the Michigan State Ice Hockey Division 1 Championship game before Tournament officials stopped the game in consideration of the health and welfare of the players on March 8, 2008. The 1-1 tie resulted in the two teams being declared co-champions. The game lasted 109 minutes. Ryan Morley Stockton of St. Mary's had a MHSAA-record 58 saves.
The longest game in high school history was in a 1996 FCIAC quarterfinal matchup in Darien, Connecticut between archrivals Wilton and Ridgefield that went to a tenth eight-minute overtime period after 45 minutes of regulation (125:00 of hockey). Chris Ludwig of Wilton scored the game-winner while being hauled down in front of the Ridgefield net in the tenth overtime period.
The previous record belonged to the Aurora High School-Solon High School game in which Aurora won in the eighth overtime period of the Ohio state playoffs. The winning goal was scored with 3:52 left in the 8th overtime (105th minute), setting an American record.
Since 2015, all state tournaments allow up to 5 overtime periods (4-on-4 after first overtime), after which best-of-3-round shootouts and extra rounds if needed are conducted, to eliminate co-champions.