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AHL goalie challenges opponent's bench after being knocked over

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Alex Lyon of the Chicago Wolves challenged the Stockton Heat's bench after he was run over by forward Martin Pospisil during the Wolves' 3-0 win. (AHL.TV)
Alex Lyon of the Chicago Wolves challenged the Stockton Heat's bench after he was run over by forward Martin Pospisil during the Wolves' 3-0 win. (AHL.TV)

Well, here’s something you don’t see every day.

In Game 3 of the AHL's Western Conference finals of the 2022 Calder Cup playoffs, with less than six minutes in the second period, Chicago Wolves goaltender Alek Lyon was run over in his crease by Stockton Heat forward Martin Pospisil.

The collision caused Lyon to fall to the ice in dramatic fashion. On the other side, Stockton’s players believed the 29-year-old netminder was embellishing in order to draw a penalty, which he did successfully.

While they didn’t win the debate, the Heat took to social media to voice their displeasure with the situation, adding a hilarious second layer to this unusual situation.

Lyon took it upon himself to make his feelings known to his opponent, too.

Once the official’s arm went to signal a delayed penalty, Lyon skated to the bench in favour of an extra attacker, but before he did, he made sure to address the Heat’s bench. This led to plenty of back and forth until the referees blew the play dead.

In the end, Pospisil was ultimately handed a two-minute penalty for goaltender interference. An infraction his team would later kill off.

Adding another layer to this story, the Wolves’ back-up goalie is Pyotr Kochetkov, who is famously known for his wild on-ice antics, including nearly coming to blows with Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand in Game 2 of Carolina’s opening-round series in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Kochetkov has shown a bit of an edge since he came over to North America from Russia, never shying away from getting into it with his opponents.

This time around, Kochetkov stayed out of the drama as the 22-year-old remained on the bench while his teammate, Lyon, made a couple of friends on the Heat bench.

Lyon, a Baudette, Minnesota native, has posted an 8-1-1 record, a 1.90 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage through nine playoff contests. He recorded his first shutout of the post-season on Wednesday.

It’s probably safe to say that he enjoyed the last laugh in this mini-saga.

When all the chaos concluded, Chicago finished with a 3-0 victory over Stockton to take a three-games-to-none series lead. If the Wolves secure another victory, they’ll punch their ticket to the Calder Cup Finals.

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