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

Alex Krushelnysk scored the winner in the fifth overtime of the longest AHL game in history Wednesday

Alex Krushelnyski scored the victor at 1.09am, as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms beat the Charlotte Checkers 2-1, to end the longest game in the 82-year history of the American Hockey League. The Checkers had their chances, outshooting Lehigh Valley 27-6 through the second and third overtime periods. It surpassed the Philadelphia Phantoms' 3-2 win over the Albany River Rats in 2008 that lasted 142 minutes, 58 seconds. And going. And going - straight into the American Hockey League record books.

Lehigh Valley defeated Charlotte 2-1 in Game 4 of the Calder Cup Playoff second-round series when Alex Krushelnyski scored at 6:48 of the fifth overtime (146:48 into the game). The longest game previous to this one was a first-round meeting between the Philadelphia Phantoms and the Albany River Rats in 2008. He made his pro debut in 2016-17 with Lehigh Valley, affiliated with the Flyers, and made his National Hockey League debut this past season when he appeared in 11 games (seven starts) and posted a 4-2-1 record and 2.75 GAA.

But the Phantoms got there thanks to goalie Alex Lyon, who made an astounding 94 saves on 95 shots, a franchise record. They meet in Charlotte on Saturday, with Lehigh leading the best-of-seven series 3-1.

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Checkers player Patrick Brown said the team was exhausted, but having a great time.

There was one former Griffins who played in Wednesday's game in Lehigh Valley left victor Chris Connor. Until Krushelnyski - son of former NHL All-Star Mike Krushelnyski - finally beat Alex Nedeljkovic, who finished with 51 saves.

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