Fans of disgustingly long playoff games were given a rare treat on Wednesday evening. In what ended as the longest game in AHL history, Alex Krushelnyski tallied for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the fifth overtime frame. The goal sent the Charlotte Checkers and what remained of their in-house fans to bed exhausted and demoralized.
The game took a total of 6:06 to complete and 147 minutes of hockey was played. Former Yale Bulldog, Alex Lyon made 94 of 95 saves on the evening to rocket his playoff save percentage to .958. His counterpart, Alex Nedeljkovic made 51 stops on the night. Despite having the ‘easier’ evening, the top goaltending prospect with the Hurricanes still took the loss. He’s been dynamite this post-season with a .933 mark though.
The Phantoms take a 3-1 series lead back to Lehigh Valley.
Elsewhere in the American League, the Toronto Marlies completed their sweep of Syracuse this week. The Marlies have been an absolute powerhouse this season and displayed that once against by dispatching the Lightning’s affiliate; a squad that is littered with exciting young players.
Here’s a look at the AHL playoff scoring leaders thus far:
There are few 2018 draft-eligible players still left playing hockey at this time of year. However, Noah Dobson and his Acadia-Bathurst mates are right in the thick of a QMJHL final against Blainville-Boisbriand, currently tied 2-2.
The smooth-skating, right-shot defender has been this season’s biggest riser. He’s climbed from a likely second-round selection to consensus top-10 talent. Dobson doesn’t offer the most dynamic of skills, but he has tremendous skating ability coupled with across the board talent. His ability has helped him produce 81 points in 84 combined regular season and playoff contests with the Titans in 2017-18, and has scouting staffs drooling at his long-term potential.
Dobson checks-in at #7 on my recently released Top 115 Draft Rankings.
The OHL finals on Wednesday night offered a terrific back-and-forth affair between Sault St Marie and Hamilton. The two teams traded goals through regulation before Greyhound defender, Noah Carrol scored the 3-2 goal on a breakaway in overtime to even the series 2-2.
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