Controversy over girls hockey championship ending in tie

SIMSBURY, Conn. (WNTH) – Maggie Grigely is a captain of the Simsbury girls varsity hockey team. She is what you might call a champion, well, technically a co-champion. Confused? So is Maggie.

Saturday her team faced off against the girls from East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor for the state championship game in Stamford. It was a fight until the end, heading all the way into double overtime. But how it ended no one saw coming.

“It came over the loud speaker,” said Grigely. “As we got to the bench we were expecting third overtime but it ended up being told that we needed to get on the blue line we were just going to give awards out now.”

So they stopped playing. With no clear winner both teams were dubbed “co-champions.”

(WTNH/Josh Scheinblum)
(WTNH/Josh Scheinblum)

Its a move that people like David Eustis, a former assistant coach for the is Simsbury girls, finds troubling.

“After doing a bit of research I found that the Fairfield County boys championship game between Greenwich and Darien was going to be played immediately after the girls game,” said Eustis. “I started to hear whispers from people who were in the arena that the game that the girls game was being stopped because they wanted to get the boys game going.”

Eustis was not at the game but says he was following it. Eustis adds he hasn’t been able to verify if the boys game was indeed the reason the game was ended.

It’s not known what would have happened if the game was allowed to continue, what is, at least when it comes to Simsbury, they’re holding their heads high for a match well played.

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