What a doozy.
The Everett Silvertips beat the Victoria Royals last night 3-2 in game six of their opening playoff series to win the series four games to two. But it wasn’t easy.
The game went into a fifth overtime period, and it took over 150 minutes — 151:36:00 to be exact — for the Silvertips to win it. The five overtime thriller broke the WHL record for longest game, previously set at 136:56:00 in 2003, and it broke the CHL mark of 146:31 set in 1999.
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It goes without saying that the goaltending was fantastic throughout the game for both sides. Victoria goalie Griffen Outhouse made 72 saves in a losing effort, while Philadelphia Flyers prospect Carter Hart made 64 saves in the win for Everett.
Hart made nearly every type of save imaginable through the 151 minutes of play.
Early on he slid across the crease to keep the puck out with a nice save in front.
Again he made it look easy, this time with his stick.
Midway through regulation he then made a glove save with a little juggle.
It was in the second overtime period that he made one of his best stops. The forward skated around in front and then Hart put up his skate to make a great save.
Then in the third overtime he bailed out his defense on a 2-on-0. He got across the paint to close the five-hole on the one-time chance.
His last highlight-reel save came in the fourth overtime, when he stopped a shot and then reached out to cover it up. He must’ve been beyond exhausted at that point, and he made a clutch reach while bodies were falling on top of him.
Babych walked it off, and Carter joined the celebration!
Here is the breakdown of the save totals by period for the two netminders.
Hart made 23 saves in regulation, and his final 41 saves in the five extra sessions. He was named the first star of the game for his efforts.
The Everett Silvertips will now take on the Seattle Thunderbirds in the second round of the WHL playoffs beginning on Friday night.
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Sons of Penn Radio (January 23rd)
On this week of SOP Radio, we celebrate a thrilling overtime victory, discuss Dave Hakstol’s coaching decisions, and forecast potential trade opportunities and prospect development.