Saturday, December 12, 2009

Peters, River Rats blank Hershey to extend streak

Goalie Justin Peters made 36 saves as Albany turned back East Division leader Hershey, 3-0 on Friday night to extend its season-high winning streak to five games in the American Hockey League. The Rats’ grinding line of Chris Terry, Nick Dodge and Jacob Micflikier combined for seven points, as each had a hand in both of Albany’s goals in the first period. Terry and Dodge each generated a goal and an assist and Micflikier registered three primary assists. After Terry scored on a rebound 7:41 into the game, Dodge took a pass from Micflikier and lifted a shot over Bears goalie Jason Bacashihua in the final minute of the first period at 19:46. Micflikier then set up Mike Angelidis’ power-play, empty-net goal in the third period. Peters made 31 saves over the final two periods to win his fourth consecutive decision and record Albany’s first shutout this season. With the win, the second-place Rats (15-10-1-2) moved to within three points of Hershey (17-8-0-2) in the East Division. Albany hosts Providence at 7 tonight — and the Bruins are also riding a five-game win streak.


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