94 saves! Five overtimes! Former Minnesota prep goalie stars in AHL thriller

Phantoms win in 5 OT's, take 3-1 series lead

Lehigh Valley Phantoms beat Charlotte Checkers in 5OT in longest AHL game in history, with Alex Lyon making 94 saves

Corrects to Charlotte outshooting Lehigh Valley in last paragraph.

On Wednesday - and some of Thursday, too - the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Charlotte Checkers played the longest game in the 82-year history of the AHL. Eastern in Charlotte. It was the longest game in the 82 year history of the AHL.

Incredibly, Lyon's performance isn't even a league record.

Michael Leighton made 98 saves for the River Rats in a marathon that coincidentally also featured the AHL affiliates of the Flyers and the Hurricanes.

Lyon, 25, who was 4-2-1 with a 2.75 goals-against average and.905 save percentage in 11 games for the Flyers this season, made 40 saves in regulation, 11 in the first overtime, 15 in the second, 12 in the third, 14 in the fourth and two in the fifth. The teams won't be back on the ice until Saturday night in Charlotte.

An ice hockey game spanning two days, lasting more than six hours, with five periods of overtime and nearly 150 shots, finally finished in the early hours of Thursday morning to earn a place in the record books. That demoralizing feeling has to be amplified when you consider the Checkers' shot total advantage, and the fact that the loss pushes them to the brink of elimination (3-1) in the series.

Checkers player Patrick Brown said the team was exhausted, but having a great time. Until Krushelnyski - son of former NHL All-Star Mike Krushelnyski - finally beat Alex Nedeljkovic, who finished with 51 saves.

There was one former Griffins who played in Wednesday's game in Lehigh Valley left victor Chris Connor.

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