PHOENIX – Fresno beat Phoenix 3-2 on Wednesday in a shootout that lasted 20 rounds which is the second longest in league history.
The ECHL record for longest shootout is 21 rounds between Hampton Roads and Birmingham on Oct. 16, 1992. Birmingham won 7-6 when Brett Barnett, their 21st shooter, scored.
The Falcons won 6-5 in the shootout when Spencer Carbery scored and rookie goaltender Michael Ouzas stopped Phoenix’s Michael Wilson. It was the second shootout attempt for Carbery, who had missed in the 10th round, and Wilson, who did not score in the seventh round. Ouzas stopped the last eight shooters he faced and 15-of -20 overall while Phoenix’s Gerald Coleman stopped 14 of 20 shooters.
The game was tied 1-1 after the first period and neither team scored in the second. Phoenix took a 2-1 lead at 1:13 of the third period on a shorthand goal by Gino Guyer and led until five seconds remaining when Matt Stefanishion scored to force overtime.
Following a scoreless overtime period that saw the RoadRunners outshoot Fresno 5-2 and be on the power play for the final minute the contest went to the shootout.