Cal Babych’s breakaway goal ended the longest game in Canadian Hockey League history, 11:36 into the fifth sudden death overtime period, and lifting the Everett Silvertips into the second round with a 3-2, five overtime victory over the Victoria Royals in Game 6 of the first round of WHL Playoff action.
The Silvertips won the series, 4-2 and earned victories in the last two games of the series in OT. Carter Hart cemented first star status with 64 saves in 151:36 of work on Sunday, while stopping every shot in the final 114:52 of the game.
The game ended the longest contest in CHL history, setting a new Silvertips record for longest game in franchise history, and moved into a spot among North American’s longest hockey marathons:
With more than half of the fifth overtime off the clock the Silvertips manufactured a turnover at their blueline and Babych raced away behind the Victoria defense. His forehand flip beat Outhouse at the glove side, sending the Tips spilling off the bench in pandemonium.
Outhouse made 72 saves and took second star honors.
More behind the numbers, and the story:
Babych’s stick was donated for display to the Hockey Hall of Fame
Below is a list of where Babych and the Silvertips ranked among every North American league (professional and major junior) at the time of his goal:
LONGEST GAMES IN NORTH AMERICAN HISTORY (NHL, AHL, ECHL, Major Junior)
DATE OT’S TIME WINNER LOSER SCORE LEAGUE Goal
3/24/36 6 16:30 Detroit Montreal (Maroons) 1-0 NHL Mud Bruneteau
4/3/33 6 4:46 Toronto Boston 1-0 NHL Ken Doraty
5/4/00 5 12:01 Philadelphia Pittsburgh 2-1 NHL Keith Primeau
4/2/17 5 11:36 Everett Victoria 3-2 WHL Cal Babych
4/24/08 5 2:58 Philadelphia Albany 3-2 AHL Ryan Potulny
3/19/99 5 6:31 Hull Victoriaville 3-2 QMJHL Erich Paroshy
4/24/03 5 0:48 Anaheim Dallas 4-3 NHL Petr Sykora
4/28/14 4 17:18 Idaho Colorado 3-2 ECHL David deKastrozza