Sunday, December 20, 2009

Rodney sent down to Albany

Bryan Rodney was reassigned to the River Rats by the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.
In his latest callup, the defenseman registered three assists in three games this week, including a pair of assists in the Hurricanes’ 5-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday. He also assisted on a goal in a 6-3 loss to the Florida Panthers on Friday.
This was Rodney’s third stint with Carolina this season and has totaled five assists in 10 games with the parent club this season.
Rodney has tallied nine points, including seven assists, in 20 games with Albany this season.
Right wing Pat Dwyer, who with Rodney was called up by Carolina on Wednesday, has scored a goal in each of the Hurricanes’ past two games.
Dwyer scored the game’s first goal in both contests — his first two points with Carolina this season — scoring the first period in a 3-2 win over Florida on Friday, then tallied in second period of Saturday’s loss to the Panthers. Dwyer is plus-3 over the past two games and is a plus-2 in 11 games with the Hurricanes this campaign.
Bounce-back win: After its seven-game winning streak was snapped in a 3-2 loss at Lowell on Friday, Albany responded with a balanced 5-2 win at Syracuse on Saturday.
Five different River Rats scored a goal each, including rookie center Stefan Chaput’s game-winner in the second period, and rookie goalie Mike Murphy made 37 saves in the victory.
Albany (18-11-1-2) recorded its eighth victory in its past nine games and is 9-1-1-0 in its last 11.
Murphy has won three consecutive starts to improve to 7-6-0 with a 2.55 goals against average and a .925 save percentage.
After the Christmas break, Albany will return to action with a holiday weekend home-and-home series with East Division foe Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Rats play at Wilkes-Barre on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and host the Penguins in a Sunday matinee at 5.


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