Counting down to the Frozen Four championship game on April 8, we feature some of the greatest moments from the NCAA Hockey Tournament in the history of ASN's family of schools. Today: St. Lawrence.
Just the thought ofplaying ahockey game that lasts more than two full gamesis exhausting.
No wonder St. Lawrence's Robin Carrutherssaid he was stiff for two days afterthe longest hockey game in NCAA Tournament history.
"I remember it was an early game," he said in 2012, "but it didn't end until after 6 p.m."
It was worth the wait for St. Lawrence.
Carruthers scored3:53 into the fourth overtime on March 26, 2000, giving the Saints a 3-2 victory against Boston University in the East Regional final.
The sports moment judged the greatest in school history also sent the Saints to their ninth, and most recent, Frozen Four.
In the regional final, freshmen goalies DerekGustafson of St. Lawrence and BU'sRick DiPietro combined for a record 149 saves.DiPietro's 77 saves remain theNCAA Tournament record and the most in any collegiate hockey game since 1965.
Gustafson's 72 saves are second in NCAA Tournament history.The previous single-game tournament record was 62 by Providence's Chris Terreri against Boston College in 1985.
"It was like we would alternate overtimes," Gustafson said in 2012. "It seemed like they'd really take it to us in one overtime and we would answer in the next period."
Goals by Brandon Dietrich latein the first period and Jack O'Brien early in the second gave St. Lawrence a 2-0 lead. BU rallied to tie with a pair of power-play goals, and both goalies combined for 74 saves in the first three overtimes.
Gustafson made two game-savers in overtime. He stopped a shot byJack Baker in front of the goal 5:50 into the first overtime and deniedCarl Corazzini's breakaway with 9:21 remaining in the second overtime.
Carruthers scored thegame-winner on an assist from Jim Lorentz.DiPietro stopped Carruthers' first attempt but he jammedthe rebound between DiPietro's legs.
"I'm now 34 years old and I scored my share of goals," Carruthers said in 2012. "But that's probably by far the No. 1goal I've ever scored.
"After the initial dog pile on the ice, everyone was pretty exhausted in the locker room," Carruthers said in 2012. "But we had almost two weeks before the next game so we had some time to enjoy the win in the buildup to the Frozen Four."
The Saints lost to Boston College 4-2 in the national semifinals.
"In retrospect, it was certainly a very special game and one of my favorite memories," head coach Joe Marsh said in 2012. "I've always had a lot of respect for the BU program and I think Jack Parker is one of great coaches in our game.
"So, for us to play in that game, in that atmosphere, against a team with the status of the BU program was very special and I feel fortunate to have been a part of it."