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The Lehigh Valley Phantoms have won the longest game in AHL history

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms have won the longest game in AHL history

In the end, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (a Flyers affiliate) edged the Charlotte Checkers (a Hurricanes affiliate) 2-1 in five overtimes at Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C. Alex Krushelnyski scored the victor in the 147th minute (6:48 into the fifth extra session, to be exact).

The game lasted 146 minutes, 48 seconds. That came April 24, 2008 when Philadelphia defeated Albany 3-2 in a game that was just under four minutes shorter at 82:58 of playing time.

On Wednesday night, another contest featuring the Flyers' top minor-league affiliate broke that longest-game record, and another player from this area took center stage. The Checkers must win that game to stay alive in the seven game Atlantic Division Finals. Lyon was the Frank Brimsek victor as the top high school goalie in the state in 2011 and was a three-year standout at Yale.

He finished four saves shy of the AHL record, which was set during the game 10 years ago that was finished by Potulny's victor. Until Krushelnyski - son of former NHL All-Star Mike Krushelnyski - finally beat Alex Nedeljkovic, who finished with 51 saves. He stopped 94 of 95 shots, the second-highest total in league history. Game 5 isn't scheduled to be played until Saturday night.

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


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