The University of Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey team made Canada West hockey history on Sunday. The Bisons and Saskatchewan Huskies played the longest game in Canada West hockey history with the Bisons winning the game in the fifth overtime period after more than 139 minutes.
“I think I’m just kind of emotionally, just sort of not much there,” head coach Jon Rempel said after the game. “It’s just one of those things you’re apart of that you’re clearly going to remember for the rest of your life.”
Venla Hovi scored the game winning goal after nearly 80 minutes of overtime hockey as the game lasted more than five hours.
“It was insane,” Hovi said. “For sure none of us thought that it’s going to be like this when we came here. We were ready to battle but we didn’t think we were going to spend all night here.”
Bisons goalie Amanda Schubert finished the game with 66 saves and even a day later she was still grinning from ear-to-ear.
“I was very relieved,” said Schubert. “I didn’t quite make it to the celebration. I collapsed on the ice. I was a little exhausted.”
After three games in three days including eight periods of hockey on Sunday, the Bisons were an emotionally and physically drained hockey team.
“I’d go on the ice maybe 15-20 seconds, get off and just collapse on the bench,” Bisons defenseman Erica Rieder said. “All of us were just drained by the end of it and so when that puck finally went in, it was just a very exciting moment.”
The Herd will face the Alberta Pandas in the Canada West semifinal with game one on Friday in Edmonton.
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