For almost 122 minutes, goalie Taylor DeForrest didn’t just stand on her head – she practically lived there.
And no, that number isn’t a typo. In fact, it’s only a little larger than the total number of saves DeForrest had to make after the game went to six overtime periods on Feb. 3.
“All I kept thinking was ‘locked in,’” Apple Valley High School athletic director Pete Buesgens told KARE-11 News. “It was one of the most remarkable athletic performances I’ve ever seen.”
DeForrest’s performance between the pipes came in a game between the Apple Valley Eagles and the East Ridge High Raptors in the Class 2A, Section 3 women’s hockey quarter-final.
East Ridge scored twice on Deforrest during regulation time, bringing the score to 2-2 as the teams headed to overtime.
During the next six overtime periods, Deforrest shattered the all-time saves record for a Minnesota high school goaltender.
“I’ve been a hockey coach for 36 years, and never seen anything like that,” Tom Kulenkamp, coach of East Ridge High, told the Star-Tribune.
The game went on so long that both benches ran out of Gatorade. Parents were making runs to a nearby grocery store to pick up oranges and bananas to feed the players.
DeForrest’s heroic performance wasn’t enough: a backhand shot at 121 minutes and 58 seconds found the back of the net, spelling defeat for Apple Valley.
Even in defeat, DeForrest’s teammates acknowledged it was an incredible performance.
“That was honestly the best game I have ever seen a goalie play,” teammate Sophia Leong said. “She was on her head and she kept us in the game for the entire thing.”
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