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Two Flames prospects involved in longest CHL game ever

While the Calgary Flames are preparing for the end of the 2016-17 regular season and the onset of the Stanley Cup playoffs, their prospects in the Western Hockey League are in the nitty-gritty of the first round the post-season. Earlier tonight, the Everett Silvertips (home of Eetu Tuulola) defeated the Victoria Royals (home of Matthew Phillips) by a score of 3-2. The victory clinched a series win for Everett.

The game was extremely noteworthy because the game-winning goal came midway through the fifth period of overtime. At 151:56, it was the longest game in the history of the Canadian Hockey League.

Shots were 75-66 for Everett. The game began at 2:07 p.m. PT and ended just before 9 p.m. PT, lasting the better part of six hours. With the victory, Everett moves on to face the Seattle Thunderbirds in the second round while Victoria’s season is over. While he’s not under an entry-level contract, it is a possibility that Phillips could join the Stockton Heat on an amateur try-out for the remainder of their season.

After how his last game went, though, the Victoria sniper may want to have a nap first.

    • McRib

      Which is something people were also saying about Johnny Gaudreau back in 2011-2012. Phillips has played in 142 of 144 games the past two years, anyone with that kind of ability to stay in the lineup will have no problem in pro.

      Johnny Gaudreau only missed THREE GAMES in three years at Boston College and when he turned pro people still had concerns about “being able to play at the next level”, LMAO.

      • Thumper

        Guys that small don’t make it to Major Junior/NCAA, let alone the pro leagues, without learning long ago how to avoid getting caught by big hits. The little players who have real concerns about “being able to play at the next level” wash out at 15 because they don’t learn how to be slippery.

  • McRib

    This is what happens when two old school defensive trap coaches in the WHL face each other in the playoffs. Hahah.

    If people aren’t impressed about Matthew Phillips putting up 90 Points this year. Just know, if he was playing in a more offensive system those numbers would have been much higher. Dave Lowry in his time with Victoria has never had a U20 player on his team break the 90 point threshold.

  • McRib

    Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson has signed with Boston.. Why is that significant? Because it is another player leaving BU that was “supposed to stay”. Hickey still could sign.