Lehigh Valley Phantoms’ five-overtime win over Charlotte Checkers marks longest game in AHL history

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Lehigh Valley Phantoms goalie Alex Lyon finished with 94 saves on 95 shots as the team beat the Charlotte Checkers 2-1 in five overtimes, making it the longest game in the 82-year history of the AHL.

Alex Krushelnyski scored 6:48 into the fifth overtime period, giving the Phantoms the Game 4 win of the Calder Cup playoff series between the AHL affiliates of the Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes.

Krushelnyski’s score came at 1:09 a.m. local time, more than after six hours after the game started.

Lyon’s save tally is the second-highest total in league history. The 25-year-old Lyon, who started seven games for the Flyers this season, stopped the last 79 shots he faced while shutting out the Checkers over the final 119:56 of the game.

Charlotte’s Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 51 of 53 shots in the loss.

The Checkers’ 95-53 advantage in shots on goal included a 54-29 edge during sudden-death overtime.

The game surpassed the previous longest AHL mark, a 2008 first-round meeting between the Philadelphia Phantoms and the Albany River Rats. It also was longer than all but three NHL games ever played.

Fortunately for both teams, Game 5 isn’t scheduled until Saturday in Charlotte. The Phantoms have a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

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