Flyers prospect Lyon makes 94 saves in longest game in AHL history
May 11 2018
The Phantoms win game four, 2-1 in the fifth overtime to take a commanding 3-1 lead over the Charlotte Checkers in the series. Philadelphia won 3-2 in the fifth overtime in what had been the longest game in AHL history (142:58).
The Atlantic Division Final play-off game was locked at 1-1 after the regulation three periods, which meant additional periods of overtime, each lasting 20 minutes, until the winning goal was scored. And going. And going - straight into the American Hockey League record books.
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. He made his pro debut in 2016-17 with Lehigh Valley, affiliated with the Flyers, and made his National Hockey League debut this past season when he appeared in 11 games (seven starts) and posted a 4-2-1 record and 2.75 GAA.
Lehigh Valley will have plenty of time to celebrate - and sleep.
Lyon posted the second-most saves in league history, stopping the last 79 shots he faced while shutting out Charlotte over the final 119:56.
Lehigh Valley has a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.
And, then. lots of zeroes.
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. Until Krushelnyski - son of former NHL All-Star Mike Krushelnyski - finally beat Alex Nedeljkovic, who finished with 51 saves.