The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers Affiliate) and the Charlotte Checkers (Hurricanes) played the longest game in AHL history on Wednesday night with the Phantoms winning 2-1 in the fifth extra time. The game lasted 146: 48 minutes of play overall
Alex Krushelnyski scored the victory, but although this goal has brought indescribable relief to his exhausted team, he is not the first star of the match. This honor is clearly phantom goalkeeper Alex Lyon, who scored 94 shots on 95 shots. (The Phantoms themselves only scored 53 shots.)
Ironically, though Lyons performance would be both an NHL and NCAA record, it's not a record for his own league. In another five-OT victory for the Phantoms back in 2008, Albany River Rats goalkeeper Michael Leighton stopped 98 out of 101 shots. Lyon has to settle for a franchise.
The Phantoms and Checkers, who are in the midst of a playoff series that leads Phantoms 3-1 also played the third game of their series on Tuesday. Luckily, they will not meet again until Saturday.