Heartbreak: Goalie loses after heroic 124 save performance.
Anton Vymotov  

Heartbreak: Goalie loses after heroic 124 save performance.

21 year old goaltender Artemy Pleshkov put on the performance of a lifetime... but it wasn't enough.

Jonathan Larivee

If you think you've ever been frustrated while playing a game of hockey, let me introduce you to 21 year old goaltender Artemy Pleshkov of the VHL, the second highest tier of hockey in Russia.

Leshkov is playing in his second season in the VHL with St. Petersburg SKA and over the weekend his team had their playoff hopes on the line. Leshkov, who has not been drafted by any teams in the National Hockey League, would put on a heroic performance on his way to a record setting 124 save performance.

Unfortunately for Leshkov, who held down the net for all of regulation as well as 4 full overtime frames, his team was unable to find the back of the net and the 125th shot of the game would beat him. The goal would end Pleshkov's record setting performance as well as his playoff hopes in truly heartbreaking fashion.

For some context, the most saves ever made by an NHL goalie in a single game was 85 and that record belongs to NHL veteran Joonas Korpisalo. Internationally Alexander Borodulya of the Belarussian Extraliga made 107 saves, but both of these totals have been eclipsed by the absurd 124 save performance from Pleshkov.

Unfortunately for the young goaltender this chapter of his story ended in heartbreak, but perhaps word of his heroic performance will spread and that will lead to more opportunities in the future.