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Everett defeats Victoria in longest CHL game

Cal Babych, son of former NHL player Dave, scores game-winner in fifth overtime

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After playing for more than seven and a half periods and nearly six hours Sunday, Cal Babych evidently had enough.

Babych, the son of former NHL player Dave Babych, ended the longest Canadian Hockey League game by scoring at 11:36 of the fifth overtime to lift Everett past Victoria 3-2 in Game 6 of the Western Hockey League first round series.

Tweet from @TheWHL: .@babych77 is your Game 6 hero! He ends longest game in #WHLPlayoffs & @CHLHockey history 11:36 into OT5! @WHLsilvertips advance! #EVTvsVIC pic.twitter.com/yZmsfQ5X4b

The goal was Babych's second of the game. He also opened the scoring with a goal at 6:31 of the second period.

Everett goalie and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Carter Hart made 64 saves and was named the game's first star. Victoria goaltender Griffen Outhouse, a 2017 NHL Draft prospect, made 72 saves but could not stop Babych's breakaway attempt in the eighth period, five hours and 49 minutes after the game started.

At 151 minutes, 36 seconds, the game was about five minutes longer than the previous CHL record, between Victoriaville and Hull of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 1999 (146:31). Everett and Victoria also set the record for longest game in Western Hockey League history, which previously was 136:56 in a game between Kamloops and Kootenay on March 25, 2003.

The WHL marathon didn't go quite as long as the eight-overtime playoff epic in Norway, or even the longest NHL game between the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Maroons in 1936, but it was the second straight OT game of the series.

Everett won the best-of-7 series 4-2 and will play Seattle in the second round.

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