Saturday, February 27, 2010

Albany turns on the power against Manchester

The Albany River Rats turned on the power against the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday night.
The River Rats scored three power-play goals, including two within a span of 13 seconds in the third period and goalie Justin Peters made 26 saves as Albany downed Manchester, 5-2 in an American Hockey League game at Verizon Wireless Arena.
Left wing Chris Terry and defenseman Bryan Rodney each registered three assists for Albany (32-23-3-3), which has won both games on its road trip.
After Manchester (33-22-2-5) drew even at two on right wing Geoff Walker’s goal at 4:48 of the third period, the Rats struck for a pair of man-advantage goals to take control.
Terry set up left wing Drayson Bowman’s goal at 8:40 and still on the power play, Zach Boychuk scored at 8:53 to stake Albany to a 4-2 advantage.
Left wing Nicolas Blanchard added an empty-net goal at 19:57.
The Rats scored three power-play goals on six opportunities, while only allowing one man-advantage goal by Manchester from six chances.
Albany seized a 2-0 lead in the first period as center Nick Dodge scored 13:16 into the game and left wing Jacob Micflikier followed with a power-play goal at 19:46.
Terry and Rodney assisted on both goals in the opening period.
Monarchs defenseman David Kolomatis trimmed Albany’s lead to 2-1 with a power-play goal at 17:46 of the second period.
Goalie Jeff Zatkoff made 30 saves for Manchester.
Albany, which won 4-2 at Portland on Friday night, returns to play in Portland again today at 4.
The Rats return home to host the Binghamton Senators on Tuesday at 11 a.m. — Albany’s first ever morning AHL game.


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