Incredible Norway Hockey Game Goes 8 Overtime

The match lasted so long that you have to imagine that even the losing team was just happy it was over.

Storhamar beat Sparta Warriors 2-1 in an eight-overtime game Sunday in Norway. Joakim Jensen finally finished the marathon with a goal with 2:46 left in the 11th period.

You read correctly. Eight extensions.

Storhamar beat Sparta 96-93 in the game. So, nice job from both keepers, in other words. Would you like 94 to save and lose?

Tweet from @A_Kalnins: Did you feel like it was possible to take the game? Daniel: We ate and drank during the breaks.

The game lasted about eight and a half hours, a new record for the longest hockey game ever played. It featured 217 minutes and 14 seconds of play. The previous record was set in 1936, a game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Maroons (176 minutes, 30 seconds).

Tweet from @A_Kalnins: 217 min and 14 sec is the new world record in a hockey game.

The game took so long, the the local police had to broadcast two tweets this basically resulted in their department receiving multiple calls about missing persons who were last seen at the game, only to have the cops tell the callers that the game wasn’t over yet.

There were around 1,100 fans present for the end of the game, according to the Sparta Warriors Facebook page, which broadcast the game live. Listed attendance on the score sheet was 5,526.

Sparta player Daniel Ohrn said a journalist that by playing all those overtimes, his “body said no” but his mind pushed him to continue.

Tweet from @A_Kalnins: How does the team feel after such a game? The team is tired. Daniel told me that his body said no, but his mind urged him to continue.

But the kicker?

It was only the fifth game of a 7-game GET-ligaen quarter-final series. Storhamar’s win gave them a 3-2 series lead.

Both teams will play Game 6 of sorts on Tuesday night.

Catherine J. Martinez