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Phantoms win in 5 OT's, take 3-1 series lead

Phantoms win in 5 OT's, take 3-1 series lead”

And going. And going - straight into the American Hockey League record books.

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 Phantoms now have a 3-1 series lead and will look to close it out on Saturday night.

That was the second-most in the AHL's history, with the old record coming from Michael Leighton with 98 saves in a losing effort from the Albany River Rats back in the AHL's previous longest game, which ended 2:58 into the fifth overtime back in 2008.

Lehigh Valley won't be able to celebrate - or sleep - much, though.

Lyon, 25, who was 4-2-1 with a 2.75 goals-against average and.905 save percentage in 11 games for the Flyers this season, made 40 saves in regulation, 11 in the first overtime, 15 in the second, 12 in the third, 14 in the fourth and two in the fifth.

Checkers captain Patrick Brown told the team's website that he and his teammates got creative as they fought fatigue.

And, then. lots of zeroes.

With 13 minutes, 12 seconds left in the fifth OT, Alex Krushelnyski scored on a one-timer from the left circle to end the marathon at 1:09 a.m. - more than six hours after it started.

Lehigh Valley outshot Charlotte 95-53, including 54-29 in the overtime periods.



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