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Hockey League's Longest Game Ends With Checkers' Loss

Charlotte Checkers Lose To LeHigh Valley in AHL's longest game in history.
Gregg Forwerck
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Charlotte Checkers
Charlotte Checkers lose to LeHigh Valley in AHL's longest game in history.

The Checkers latest playoff game lasted more than six hours with LeHigh Valley scoring the winning goal at 1:10 Thursday morning in the fifth overtime.  The American Hockey League says that’s the longest game in the league’s history and longer than all but three National Hockey League games ever played. 

Checkers player Patrick Brown said the team was exhausted, but having a great time.

“Guys were laughing on the bench, keeping it light, trying to keep talking, singing, dancing – whatever you could do to stay focused. Having the time of your life,” said Brown, according to the team’s website.   

The Checkers have some rest before their next game Saturday at home. The Checkers must win that game to stay alive in the seven game Atlantic Division Finals. LeHigh Valley is leading 3-1.