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Lake of the Woods goalie Alex Lyon makes 94 saves in longest game in AHL history

Ten years ago, Grand Forks native Ryan Potulny scored the game-winning goal for the Philadelphia Phantoms in the longest game in American Hockey League history.

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.

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.

It was the longest game in the 82-year history of the AHL, eclipsing the previous mark by 3 minutes, 50 seconds.

The winning goal was scored by former Colorado College star Alexander Krushelnyski at 6:48 of the fifth overtime. He beat Charlotte goalie Alex Nedeljkovic (51 saves) on a one-timer from the left circle.

In all, the game lasted 146:48. In real time, it took more than six hours.

The winning goal was scored at 1:10 a.m. local time in Charlotte.

Lyon, who made his NHL debut with the Philadelphia Flyers this season, stopped 94 of 95 shots. He made 10 saves in the first period, 13 in the second, 17 in the third, 11 in the first overtime, 15 in the second overtime, 12 in the third overtime, 10 in the fourth overtime and six in the fifth overtime.

He finished four saves shy of the AHL record, which was set during the game 10 years ago that was finished by Potulny's winner.

Lyon was under pressure much of the night as Lehigh Valley lost a defenseman to injury in the first period and played the rest of the game with five defensemen.

Former UND forward Corban Knight (four shots on goal) also played in Wednesday night's game for Lehigh Valley, which grabbed a 3-1 series lead in the best-of-seven set. Game 5 isn't scheduled to be played until Saturday night.

Former UND equipment manager Andy Rannells also works for Lehigh Valley. Because of the gap between games, he was scheduled to move the Phantoms out of their locker room and to a practice arena after the game.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 14th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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