Saturday, December 19, 2009

Devils snap Rats' win streak

The Lowell Devils halted the Albany River Rats season-high winning streak at seven games on Friday night.
Left wing Alexander Vasyunov scored a goal and assisted on another, tallying the game winner midway through the third period as Lowell cooled off Albany, 3-2 in an American Hockey League clash at Paul E. Tsongas Arena.
The Rats were dealt their first loss in three weeks and were beaten in regulation for the first time in 10 games, having fared 8-0-1-0 over their previous nine contests.
Right wing Zach Boychuk and defenseman Jamie McBain each scored for Albany (17-11-1-0).
Mike McKenna made 34 saves, including stopping all 15 shots he faced in the third period to record the win for Lowell (17-11-3-0), which has won three straight games.
Justin Peters made 24 saves from 27 shots faced for Albany.
The Rats didn’t commit one minor penalty against the Devils and killed off both Lowell power plays.
Left wing Michael Ryan (concussion) was activated from injured reserve by the Carolina Hurricanes and assigned to Albany, but didn’t play against Lowell.
Defenseman Elgin Reid, recalled from Florida of the ECHL earlier on Friday, made his AHL debut against Lowell.


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