Goalie Alex Lyon makes 94 saves in helping team win longest game in AHL history
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Charlotte Checkers played the longest game in American Hockey League history on Wednesday night, so it was appropriate that there was a historic performance to go along with it.
Phantoms goalie Alex Lyon obliterated the team record with 94 saves in a 2-1 quintuple-overtime win in Game 4 of the Calder Cup playoff series between the AHL affiliates of the Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes.
The five-overtime win saw 86:48 played in extra time, making it the longest game in AHL history. The Phantoms took a 3-1 lead in the second-round series as Alex Krushelnyski provided the game-winner.
Lyon had surpassed Scott Munroe’s previous Phantoms record when he recorded his 66th save of the game. The 2008 game in which Munroe set the team record also saw what is believed to be the AHL record for saves when Michael Leighton of the Albany River Rats stopped 98 shots. That contest was the longest game in AHL history until Wednesday night.
The 25-year-old Lyon saw a brief run in the NHL this season, the first time in his career he’s appeared at the top level. He appeared in 11 games for the Flyers, going 4-2-1 with a .905 save percentage.