An AHL game in Utica last night went to four overtimes and spanned more than five hours. In the third overtime, however, disaster nearly struck as the broadcast camera almost had its battery die in the middle of play. The game, which began at 7 p.m. Thursday, didn’t end until 12:15 a.m. Friday.
Thursday, we brought you the heroics of Zach O’Brien, the Manchester Monarchs winger who ended a four-hour, triple-overtime game Wednesday night with a wristshot early in the sixth period. Now, we bring you overtime heroics of another kind, one that kept a game broadcasted when it looked like the worst was about to happen.
In Game 1 of the second-round series between the Oklahoma City Barons and Utica Comets Thursday night, three periods wasn’t enough. With the triple-overtime game fresh in everyone’s mind, the Barons and Comets proceeded to play not one, not two, not three, but four overtimes in a game that began Thursday and ended Friday.
But in the third-overtime of the five-plus hour marathon, disaster just about struck the broadcast. In the final minute of play in the sixth frame of the evening, the broadcast was interrupted momentarily with a message for the camera operator that his camera was about to be drained of battery life:
(Gif credit to reddit user kikkerlaika)
Obviously, the battery got changed in time for the fourth overtime and it wouldn’t have mattered much anyway. Sixteen seconds into the fourth extra period, Oklahoma City winger Curtis Hamilton scored to send the Barons to bed victorious. When all was said and done, the game spanned 5:12 becoming the sixth-longest game in the history of the AHL.
The worst part is, after playing two-plus games in one evening, Utica and Oklahoma City will square off again Friday night. There’s going to be some tired legs out there.