ECHL game decided by ridiculous 21-round, 42-player shootout

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Friday night, the Evansville (Ind.) IceMen managed to sneak past defending ECHL champion Florida Everblades with a 5-4 victory after a shootout that lasted 21 rounds with a total of 42 shooters. Crazily enough, this doesn’t break the ECHL record, but it does tie it.

More remarkably, only five of those 42 shooters actually scored a goal.

Andre Bouvet-Morrissette, who had been thwarted earlier in the shootout, brought it to its merciful end on the 42nd shot, putting the puck past Everblades goalie Pat Nagle who had already made 31 saves in the game before turning away 18 of 21 shooters.

Bouvet-Morrissette had scored just one goal in 22 games this season and while this one won’t count towards his stats, it’ll likely provide a lasting memory.

Paul Dainton was the winning goaltender for Evansville, allowing just two goals in the lengthy shootout after making 28 stops in the first 65 minutes.

Both netminders may want to file for some hazard pay after this one.

Here’s a look at the ridiculous shootout list from the box score.

For reference, the NHL's longest shootout, which decided a 2005 game between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals, lasted 15 rounds and featured 30 shooters. Marek Malik famously ended that one with this highlight-reel goal for the Rangers.

We’ll be sure to update if video becomes available of this remarkable night in the ECHL.

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Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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