Sunday, February 28, 2010

Portland holds off River Rats

Foiling a comeback bid, the Portland Pirates got even with the Albany River Rats on Sunday.
Two days after losing at home to the River Rats, Portland rode left wing Derek Whitmore’s two goals to defeat Albany, 4-2 in an American Hockey League game at Cumberland County Civic Center.
On Friday night, the Rats downed the Pirates by the identical score. This time, Atlantic Division-leader Portland (35-18-5-3) scored the game’s first three goals in the second period to take control and then held off Albany (32-24-3-3) in the third.
After right wing Kyle Rank scored 2:55 into the middle period, left wing Brad Larsen followed with a goal at 5:06. Whitmore scored a power-play goal at 18:44 to build a 3-0 advantage.
Right wing Jerome Samson sparked Albany’s comeback bid with his team-leading 27th goal 31 seconds into the third period and Chris Terry tallied at 13:44 to pull the Rats within 3-2. Whitmore followed with a goal at 15:22 for the final margin.
Goalie J.P. Lamoureux made 28 saves to earn the win for Portland, which split the season series with Albany at 2-2-0-0.
Mike Morrison, who got the start after Justin Peters was recalled by the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, stopped 18 of 22 shots faced for Albany.
The Rats return to host the Binghamton Senators on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Albany’s first morning AHL game.


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