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

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

Former Lake of the Woods star goalie Alex Lyon made 94 saves as his Lehigh Valley Phantoms beat the Charlotte Checkers 2-1 in the fifth overtime of Game 4 of their second-round playoff series.

Lyon, who played Minnesota high school hockey at Lake of the Woods - 300 miles north of the Twin Cities, right on the Canadian border - made a whopping 94 saves on 95 shots in securing the victory in a game that lasted more than 6 hours of actual time and ended after 1 a.m. The American Hockey League says that's the longest game in the league's history and longer than all but three National Hockey League games ever played. Incredibly, Phantons goalie Alex Lyon almost doubled that. In the third match of the quarterfinal series "Lee valley Phantoms" defeated "Charlotte Checkers" 2:1.

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.

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The marathon came 10 years after the previous longest game, a 2008 first-round meeting that also featured the AHL affiliates of the Flyers and Hurricanes. His counterpart in net, Alex Nedeljkovic of Charlotte, was no slouch himself. The teams can rest until Game 5 on Saturday. Then Alex Krushelnyski scored to win it in the fifth overtime.

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

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