Wednesday, March 31, 2010

AHL All-Rookie Team announced

The American Hockey League announced its all-rookie team on Thursday and no Albany River Rats were included.
The team is comprised of Worcester goalie Alex Stalock (37-16-2, 2.63 goals against average, .908 save percentage), defensemen John Carlson (4 goals-35 assists-39 points, plus-37) of Hershey, P.K. Subban of Hamilton (18-34-52, plus-43); and forwards Logan Couture (20-33-53) of Worcester, Lars Eller (16-37-53) of Peoria and Tyler Ennis (23-42-65) of Portland.
Albany’s top rookie scorers are left wing Chris Terry (17-29-46, plus-11), defenseman Jamie McBain (7-33-40, plus-11), center Stefan Chaput (10-28-38, plus-10) and center Zach Boychuk (15-21-36, plus-1).

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Binghamton edges Albany again

The Binghamton Senators and the Albany River Rats are two teams headed in opposition directions.
Left wing Denis Hamel scored a goal and assisted on defenseman Geoff Kinrade's game winner in the third period as Binghamton edged Albany, 3-2 in an American Hockey League Sunday matinee at Times Union Center.
The fifth-place Senators won their third consecutive game to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive and in the process dealt the River Rats their third straight loss.
After carrying a four-game winning streak into Friday, Albany lost 8-2 at Hershey on Friday and 2-1 at Binghamton on Saturday before the Senators swept the home-and-home series.
Even with the loss, second-place Albany (38-27-3-5) remains six points ahead of third-place Norfolk and eight points in front of fourth-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, who were both idle.
After the Senators (31-32-5-3) seized a 2-1 lead on Hamel's goal 6:50 into the third period, center Mike Angelidis scored the tying goal on a shorthanded tally just 13 seconds into a Binghamton power play at 6:50.
But Kinrade responded with the decisive goal only 42 seconds later as a shot by Hamel deflected off a defender's stick and right to Kinrade at the left post at 8:16.
Chris Holt, who became only the 10th goaltender in AHL history to score a goal in a 4-2 win over Rochester on Sunday, made 24 saves to turn back the Rats.
Mike Morrison stopped 23 of 26 shots faced for Albany.
The Rats have seven games remaining in their regular season, with only two at home. Albany plays at rival Adirondack on Wednesday night at 7.

Cheechoo lifts Sens past Rats

Jonathan Cheechoo’s shorthanded, unassisted goal in the second period proved to be the game winner as the Binghamton Senators edged the Albany River Rats, 2-1 on Saturday in an American Hockey League game at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
Senators leading-scorer Martin St. Pierre also scored unassisted for Binghamton (30-32-5-3). Left wing Oskar Osala the lone goal for Albany (38-26-3-5).
St. Pierre scored the first period’s only goal at 13:32, intercepting a cross-ice pass in the neutral zone and beating Albany goaltender Mike Morrison to the stick side on the ensuing breakaway.
Binghamton doubled its lead at 5:12 of the second period, when Morrison mishandled a dump-in behind the goal line and Cheechoo scored into the open net. Osala scored at 9:01 of the period, but the Rats would get no closer.
Goalie Chris Holt stopped 30 of 31 shots faced for Binghamton and Morrison finished with 29 stops for Albany.
The Rats and Senators square off again today in Albany at 3.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Hershey rolls past Albany

The Hershey Bears continued their dominance of the Albany River Rats on Friday night.
River Rats defenseman Jonathan Paiement’s second goal of the night evened the score at 2-2 early in the second period, but Hershey scored the game’s next six goals in an 8-2 victory over Albany in an American Hockey League game at the Giant Center.
The team’s combined for 10 fighting majors and 124 penalty minutes, as league-leading Hershey (52-13-0-3) snapped both Albany’s four-game winning streak and its eight-game point streak.
Chris Bourque and Keith Aucoin each scored two goals for the Bears, which won its fifth consecutive game against the Rats and improved to 6-2-0-0 against Albany this season.
Alexandre Giroux and Boyd Kane each tallied a goal and an assist each to lead Hershey to its 24th straight home win.
Goalie Braden Holtby stopped 13 of 14 shots through the first two periods to earn the win.
Mike Morrison made 21 saves on 29 shots faced for Albany (38-25-3-5).
Earlier on Friday, the Carolina Hurricanes recalled defenseman Bryan Rodney from the Rats, Rodney's fifth recall of the season. In a separate move, Albany recalled defenseman Elgin Reid from the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.
After playing at Binghamton at 7:05 tonight, the Rats return to host Binghamton at 3 on Sunday afternoon.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Zalpe signs with 'Canes, to join Rats

The Carolina Hurricanes they have agreed to terms with center/right wing Zac Dalpe to a three-year, entry-level contract.
At the NHL level, Dalpe will be paid $550,000 next season, $600,000 in 2011-12 and $700,000 in 2012-13, and at the American Hockey League level he will be paid $65,000 per year. He also receives a signing bonus of $262,500.
Dalpe will join the Albany River Rats on an amateur tryout contract for the remainder of this season.
The 20-year-old Dalpe, recently completed his sophomore season at Ohio State, where he led the Buckeyes in goals (21), points (45), and power-play goals (8), and ranked second in assists (24), while playing in all 39 of the team’s games. At the completion of Ohio State’s season, the Paris, Ontario native’s 21 goals ranked first among Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) skaters, and his 45 points ranked second in the conference.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Samson, Osala pace Rats past Sharks

The Albany River Rats passed their first test this week against a division leader in the American Hockey League.
Right wing Jerome Samson registered a four-point night, including three assists, and left wing Oskar Osala scored two goals as the River Rats rolled past Atlantic Division-leading Worcester, 5-3 on Wednesday at Times Union Center.
Goalie Mike Morrison made a season-high 37 saves for Albany, which won its fourth consecutive game and halted the Sharks’ winning streak at four.
The River Rats (38-24-3-5) now lead third-place Norfolk by 10 points (84-74) in the race to secure second place in the East Division.
Next up for Albany is a Friday night game at East Division leader and rival Hershey.
Samson, who assisted on both of Osala’s goals, scored the go-ahead goal while on the power play at 19:28 of the second period for his team-leading 33rd tally.
Center Cedric McNicoll, left wing Drayson Bowman and Osala followed a goal each in the third period to put away Worcester (41-21-2-3).
Morrison made seven saves over the final 1:20 of play to secure the win for Albany.
Former Rats goalie Frank Doyle finished with 24 saves in taking the loss.

Report: Albany arena offers deal to Devils

In the latest attempt to draw an American Hockey League franchise to Albany for next season, Times Union Center management has offered the New Jersey Devils a long-term contract to house their prospects in the downtown Albany arena, according to a local report.
Reportedly, TUC general manager Bob Belber has sent a 10-year contract to Devils team officials for New Jersey to reclocate its AHL franchise from Lowell, Mass. to Albany after this season.
Earlier in the week, negotiations between Belber and Portland Pirates management were mutually ended as TUC officials had sought to lure the Portland franchise and its affiliation with the Buffalo Sabres to Albany.
Albany is in its fourth and final year as an affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes as the River Rats franchise will be moved to Charlotte, N.C. for next season.
The New Jersey Devils served as the top affiliate of the River Rats in the franchise's first 13 years in Albany.
When Carolina moved its AHL affiliation from Lowell to Albany for the 2006-07 season, the Devils moved their AHL affiliate to Lowell the same year.
Belber couldn't reached for comment on Wednesday.

Rats sign Van Buskirk to PTO

The Albany River Rats have signed rookie goalie Parker Van Buskirk to a professional tryout contract and will be available for Wednesday’s game against the Worcester Sharks.
The 21-year-old Van Buskirk, was acquired by the Florida Everblades of the East Coast Hockey League from the South Carolina Sting Rays on March 9 in exchange for forward Chris Capraro. A Windsor, Ontario native, Van Buskirk began his rookie season with the Utah Grizzlies and posted a 5-8-1 record with a 3.39 goals against average and a.881 save percentage, before being traded to South Carolina for future considerations. He made seven appearances with the Stingrays (1-3-2, 3.84).

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

McBain records first NHL point

In his National Hockey League debut, rookie defenseman Jamie McBain notched his first NHL point with an assist for the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
McBain, on his first NHL recall, assisted on Erik Cole’s power-play goal 13:53 into the second period in the Hurricanes’ 5-2 loss to Boston in Raleigh, N.C.
McBain, who ranks second on the Albany River Rats in scoring with 40 points and tops the team in assists (33), also registered a shot on goal against the Bruins.

McBain on first NHL recall

Rookie defenseman Jamie McBain was recalled by the Carolina Hurricanes.
The recall is the first for McBain, who will be available for Tuesday night’s game against the Boston Bruins.
McBain, who will turn 22 on March 25, native leads all Albany River Rats defensemen and ranks second among the team in scoring this season with 40 points (7 goals-33 assists) in 68 games played. Listed at 6-2, 200 pounds, McBain ranks third on the River Rats in plus/minus (+13) and is currently ninth among AHL defensemen in points this season.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Rats complete perfect weekend

ALBANY --- The Albany River Rats completed a perfect weekend on Sunday.
Defenseman Jamie McBain scored the game winner and goalie Mike Morrison made 27 saves as Albany downed Syracuse, 3-1 in an American Hockey League matinee.
The River Rats (37-24-3-5) made it a six-point weekend with three consecutive wins and also earned seven of a possible eight points from eight games this week. Second-place Albany now leads third-place Norfolk by eight points (82-74) in the East Division.
Rookie center Cedric McNicoll scored an unassisted goal in the first period for Albany at 10:27. After Syracuse defenseman Grant Clitsome followed with a power-play goal 3:02 into the second period, McBain followed with the decisive power-play goal at 8:31 on a blast from just inside the inside which eluded goalie Kevin Lalande, who was screened by Rats left wing Oskar Osala.
Right wing Matthew Pistilli completed the scoring by sweeping in a feed from behind the net from defenseman Jonathan Paiement at 3:13 of the third period.
Morrison won his third consecutive decision for Albany, which hosts Worcester on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Lalande finished with 27 stops for Syracuse (29-32-3-3).

Samson reassigned to Albany

Right wing Jerome Samson's latest stay with Carolina proved to be a brief one.
Samson was reassigned by the Hurricanes to Albany on Sunday.
Summoned by Carolina on Friday for his second NHL recall, Samson played in a 4-0 loss to Phoenix on Saturday, logging 10:17 of ice time.
The third-year pro has recorded one assist in six games with the Hurricanes this season.
Samson leads Albany and is tied for third in the American Hockey League in goals (32) and is tied for seventh in the circuit with a team-leading 62 points.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Rodney lifts Rats past Pens in SO

ALBANY — This time, the River Rats turned the tables on the Penguins in the shootout.
Left wing Drayson Bowman and Bryan Rodney each scored in the shootout to lift Albany past Wilkes-Barre, 5-4 on Saturday in an American Hockey League game before a turnout of 5,657 at Times Union Center.
Just three days before, the Penguins edged the River Rats in a shootout in a 4-3 decision in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday.
In this meeting, after Tim Wallace scored the tying goal for the Penguins with 55 seconds remaining in regulation, Bowman scored in the third round of the shootout and Rodney tallied in the final round to edge out Wilkes-Barre 2-1 in the shootout to clinch the victory.
Left wing Jacob Micflikier scored two goals for the Rats and center Nick Dodge contributed a goal and an assist.
Goalie Mike Morrison made 29 saves to earn the win for Albany (36-24-3-5).
Morrison got the start a day after he was credited with the victory on Friday at Rochester in relief of goalie Justin Pogge after Pogge left the game with a lower-body injury.
Earlier in the day, right wing Jerome Samson was summoned by the Carolina Hurricanes for his second NHL recall.
John Curry finished with 15 saves for the Penguins (33-29-1-3).

Rats rally past Rochester

ROCHESTER — The River Rats proved to be resilient on Friday night.
Left wing Oskar Osala scored twice and defenseman Bryan Rodney followed with the game-winning goal in the third period as Albany rallied past Rochester to record a 4-3 American Hockey League victory at Blue Cross Arena.
Rodney, who also registered an assist, scored the deciding goal while on the power play at 7:04 of the final period for Albany (35-24-3-5).
Goalie Mike Morrison made 21 saves for the River Rats in relief of starter Justin Pogge.
After Chris Taylor opened the scoring 5:39 into the game for Rochester (37-27-2-0), Pogge left with an injury at 10:14.
Drayson Bowman drew Albany even at 1-1 with a power-play goal at 15:36, but the Amerks followed with a power-play tally of their own on Jordan Henry’s goal at 17:28.
Osala, reassigned to the Rats by Carolina earlier in the day, scored 1:46 into the second period.
After Scott Hotham provided Rochester with a 3-2 lead at 13:31, but Osala struck again with an unassisted goal at 14:08 to pull Albany even.
McBain recorded a pair of assists for Albany, which wins the season series at 3-1-0-0.
Goalie Tyler Plante stopped 29 of 33 shots faced for the Americans. The Rats return to host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton today and Syracuse on Sunday, with both starts at 3.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Osala reassigned to Albany

ALBANY — After a short stay with Carolina, left wing Oskar Osala has been reassigned to the Albany River Rats.
Osala made his debut with Hurricanes on Wednesday, taking eight shifts and recording 6:46 of ice time in Carolina’s 4-3 overtime loss at Washington.
The 22-year-old Osala defenseman Brian Pothier, a former Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute standout and captain, were acquired by the Hurricanes in a trade with the Washington Capitals on March 3 for defenseman Joe Corvo.
Osala, who has recorded two assists in two games with the Rats, has totaled 31 (15-16) points in 55 games this season with Hershey and Albany.

Rats offering $10 game ticket deal

ALBANY — The Albany River Rats announced the club will offer $10 tickets to any of their five remaining regular season home games to those in attendance at Saturday’s 3 p.m. game the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Interested fans can visit the Times Union Center ticket booth located on the Arena Concourse behind Section 115 from 2 p.m. until 30 minutes after the game. There is no limit on how many tickets can be purchased at this discounted price, making it a good opportunity for groups, birthdays, and family outings.
For more information, call the River Rats offices at 487-2244 or visit

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Rats' Clear Day roster announced

ALBANY — The Albany River Rats announced their Clear Day roster, which is comprised of 20 skaters and two goaltenders.
According to American Hockey League by-laws, only those 22 players listed on a team’s Clear Day roster are eligible to compete in the remainder of the regular season and in the playoffs, unless emergency conditions arise as a result of recall, injury or suspension.
Teams may also add signed junior players or players on amateur tryout contracts after their respective junior or college seasons are complete.
The River Rats Clear Day roster includes:
Forwards: Mike Angelidis, Nicolas Blanchard, Drayson Bowman, Zach Boychuk, Stefan Chaput, Nick Dodge, Steven Goertzen, Brad Herauf, Jacob Micflikier, Oskar Osala, Jerome Samson, Chris Terry, Jiri Tlusty.
Defensemen: Brett Bellemore, Casey Borer, Tim Conboy, Zack FitzGerald, Jay Harrison, Jamie McBain, Bryan Rodney.Goalies: Justin Peters, Justin Pogge.

Sabres extend affiliation with Portland, yet Albany still in mix

The drama over the potential of an American Hockey League team relocating to Albany for next season took yet another turn on Thursday.
The Buffalo Sabres announced they have extended their affiliation agreement with the Portland Pirates, and reported, but exactly where the AHL franchise will play next season remains uncertain.
Albany arena management maintains the city, which will lose the Albany River Rats when the franchise moves to Charlotte at the end of this season, remains in the mix of luring the Portland team to the Capital District.
“We’re looking at it as a good thing,” Times Union Center general manager Bob Belber said. “This doesn’t mean that they’re staying in Portland and it doesn’t mean they’re coming here. That decision still hasn’t been made.”
The Pirates franchise, which has been engaged in talks with Belber about the prospect of moving the team to Albany, is currently in the second year of its original deal with the Sabres.
The new extension is a long-term agreement between the two franchises, the websites reported.
“Lyman (Bullard, the Pirates chairman/governor) and I are thrilled to share this great news with our fans, our sponsors and the entire community, who have experienced firsthand, over the past two seasons, the quality and exciting style of Buffalo Sabres hockey at the AHL level at the Cumberland County Civic Center,” Pirates Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek said in a statement. “Greater Portland has embraced a group of world class players, coaches and team staff who have been and continue to be outstanding professionals and people both on and off the ice.
“We’re looking forward to our future together with high hopes and expectations as we continue to do our part to help develop future Buffalo Sabres and compete for Calder Cup championships.”
While based on these comments, the Pirates franchise is apparently staying in Portland, but Belber says not so fast.
“No it’s not,” Belber said about whether the Pirates remaining in Portland is a done deal. “We’re still in negotiations with them and this process still has to be played all the way out.”
Belber confirmed there’s still another NHL team in the Northeast interested in relocating an AHL franchise to Albany. This team is likely either the New Jersey Devils, whose AHL affiliate is in Lowell, Mass., or the New York Rangers (Hartford).
“We do have a team that’s interested on the back burner,” Belber said. “I’m confident we can ultimately get a deal done with a team so we can continue to have pro hockey in Albany.”

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Penguins nip Rats in SO

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Wilkes-Barre/Scranton continued its mastery of Albany on Wednesday night.
Right wing Nick Johnson scored the deciding goal in the shootout as the Penguins edged the River Rats, 4-3 on Wednesday in an American Hockey League game at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
Johnson also contributed a goal and an assist in regulation for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which has now won five of the six meetings against Albany, including four consecutive wins against their East Division rival.
Right wing Jerome Samson picked up where he left off last weekend for the Rats by scoring a pair of power-play goals, including the tying tally with nine seconds left in regulation.
Center Mark Letestu and right wing Chris Conner each scored as the Penguins won the shootout, 3-2.
Left wing Drayson Bowman and defenseman Jamie McBain both scored in the shootout for Albany.
With the win, fourth-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (32-29-1-2) gained a point in the East Division standings and now trails second-place Albany (34-24-3-5) by nine points,
Goalie John Curry made 31 saves to earn the win for the Penguins.
Trailing 3-2 entering the third period, Samson drew Albany even at 19:51 on a goal set up by left wing Chris Terry, who scored earlier in the game.
Samson also opened the scoring with a power-play goal 11:20 into the game to provide the Rats with a 1-0 lead.
Samson scored two goals in Saturday’s 4-2 victory at Norfolk to reach the 30-goal plateau this season.
The Penguins responded with a power-play goal of their own as left wing Tim Wallace scored at 17:40.
Terry provided Albany with a 2-1 edge 8:35 into the second period, but WBS right wing Nick Johnson scored at 14:10 and center Dustin Jeffery followed with the go-ahead goal for the Penguins at 17:06.
Justin Pogge finished with 32 saves, including seven stops in both the third period and overtime to force overtime.
With his goal, Terry extended his point streak to five games, with four goals and two assists over this span.
The Rats play at Rochester on Friday night at 7:05 before returning to host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday and Springfield on Sunday, both 3 p.m. starts.

Portland's Dineen suspended

Portland Pirates coach Kevin Dineen was suspended by the American Hockey League for one game.
Dineen was suspended for his actions on Saturday, as walked onto the ice to dispute referee Chris Cozzan decision to wave off a last-second goal by Portland which would have forced overtime against the Syracuse Crunch, the Portland Press Herald reported.
Dineen, who already missed Portland’s game versus Rochester on Sunday, is eligible to return effective immediately.

Lawson signed by Carolina, assigned to Rats

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenseman Kyle Lawson to a two-year, entry-level contract and assigned him to the Albany River Rats.
He will join the River Rats for the remainder of this season in the American Hockey League on an amateur tryout agreement.
Lawson, 23, recently completed his senior season at Notre Dame, leading all defensemen and ranking third on the team in scoring with 22 (4-18) points in 38 games.
A native of Southfield, Ind., Lawson ranked fourth among CCHA defenseman in scoring with three goals and 15 assists in 28 conference games, including one game-winning goal and three power-play tallies.
Drafted by Carolina in the seventh round (198th) overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Lawson completed his collegiate career with 90 (17-73) in 161 games.
Lawson receives an $80,000 signing bonus and will be paid $500,000 on the NHL level and $50,000 on the AHL level in 2010-11 and $525,000 on the NHL level and $50,000 on the AHL level in 2011-12.

Hurricanes recall Osala

The Carolina Hurricanes recalled left wing Oskar Osala from the Albany River Rats on Wednesday.
Osala was acquired in a trade with the Washington Capitals last week which also sent former Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute standout Brian Pothier to the Hurricanes.
The 22-year-old Osala, who registered a pair of assists in two games with the River Rats, totaled 29 (15-14) points in 53 games with American Hockey League-leading Hershey this season.
Osala will be available to play in Wednesday night’s game at Washington as Carolina winger Erik Cole is expected to miss the contest because of an illness.
A third-year-pro, Osala made his NHL debut last season and skated in two games with Washington.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Samson reaches 30-goal milestone in win

Jerome Samson joined the Albany River Rats 30-goal club in style on Saturday night.
Samson scored twice, including the game-winning goal, and added an assist to spark Albany past Norfolk, 4-2 in an American Hockey League game at the Norfolk Scope.
Samson is the eighth River Rat to score at least 30 goals in a season. Pierre Dagenais, who accomplished this twice, is the last Albany player to reach the 30-goal plateau with 34 goals in the 2000-01 campaign and also scored 35 goals the previous season.
Jeff Williams owns the Rats franchise record for goals scored with 46 in the 1998-99 season.
With the victory, second-place Albany (34-24-3-4) moved three points ahead of third-place Norfolk (34-28-3-1) in the East Division.
With the Rats leading 2-1 through one period, Samson tallied his 30th goal of the season 1:55 into the second and assisted on Stefan Chaput’s goal at 5:21 for a 4-1 advantage.
Norfolk center Blair Jones scored at 14:01 of the third period, a goal set up by defenseman and East Greenbush native Matt Lashoff, but the Admirals wouldn’t get any closer.
Left wing Oskar Osala, acquired in a trade with Washington earlier in the week, recorded his first points with Albany with a pair of assists.
Goalie Justin Pogge, assigned to Albany after he was traded to Carolina by Anaheim this week, made 29 saves to record his first win with the Rats.
Dustin Tokarski stopped 24 of 28 shots faced for the Admirals.
In a penalty-free first period, Norfolk center Dana Tyrell struck first with a goal at 10:44.
Samson followed with his goal at 17:23 for Albany and left wing Drayson Bowman staked the Rats to a 2-1 advantage at 18:47.
NOTES — Albany leads the season series 5-0-1-1. … Samson has scored 13 goals over his past 15 games. … Terry has forged a four-game point (3-1) streak. … The Rats play at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday and at Rochester on Friday, before returning to host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton next Saturday and Syracuse next Sunday, both in 3 p.m. starts.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Norfolk trims Albany in SO

The Norfolk Admirals made the playoff chase in the East Division a little closer on Friday night.
Four Admirals scored after overtime as Norfolk edged past Albany, 3-2 in a shootout in an American Hockey League game at the Norfolk Scope.
With the two points earned, Norfolk (34-27-3-1) moves within a point, 73-72, of second-place Albany (33-24-3-4) in the East Division standings.
The Admirals’ two wins in the season series have both come after regulation as the Rats slipped to 4-0-1-1 against Norfolk.
Trailing 2-1 entering the third period, rookie defenseman Jamie McBain scored an unassisted goal just 26 seconds in to draw the River Rats even.
McBain and left wing Chris Terry, who scored in the first period, converted for Albany in the third and fourth rounds of the shootout.
Justin Keller, Blair Jones, Matt Fornataro and Mitch Fadden each cashed in on their attempts for Norfolk, which won the shootout, 4-2.
Rookie goalie Jaroslav Janus made 28 saves to earn the win for the Admirals.
Goalie Justin Pogge, acquired in a trade by the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, stopped 36 of 28 shots faced in his River Rats debut.
Terry opened the scoring with a goal 3:47 into the game.
Norfolk took the lead with two goals in the second period as right wing Adam Hall scored at 9:59 and left wing Justin Keller followed with a power-play goal at 16:07.
Albany went 0-for-6 on the power play while surrendering one man-advantage goal.
Right wing Milan Gajic, recalled earlier in the day from Florida of the ECHL with the two-game suspensions of forwards Mike Angelidis and Brad Herauf, played for Albany and finished as a plus-one
Admirals D and East Greenbush native Matt Lashoff had two shots on goal.
The Rats wrap up their two-game series at Norfolk at 7:15 tonight and next play at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

'Canes assign trio of new acquisitions to Albany

Left wing Oskar Osala, goaltender Justin Pogge and rookie center Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll, each acquired by the Carolina Hurricanes this week, have been assigned to the Albany River Rats.
The Hurricanes also dealt defenseman Joe Corvo to the Washington Capitals to acquire Osala and defenseman and former Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute standout Brian Pothier.
The 22-year-old Osala has totaled 29 points, including 15 goals, in 53 games this season with the AHL-leading Hershey Bears. Originally the fourth-round selection (97th overall) of the Washington Capitals in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Osala is in his second pro season in North America.
Pogge, 23, was traded to the Hurricanes by the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Aaron Ward along with a 2010 or 2011 six-round draft pick
Pogge, the Toronto Maple Leafs third-round selection (90th overall) in the 2004 Entry Draft, was traded from Toronto to Anaheim last Oct. 9. He posted a 12-7-3 record with a 2.57 goals against average in 23 games this season with San Antonio of the American Hockey League.
Carolina also traded veteran forward Stephane Yelle and River Rats forward Harrison Reed to the Colorado Avalanche for Lablond-McNicholl and a 2010 sixth-round draft pick.
Lablond-McNicoll, 21, has registered 13 (5-8) points in 45 games with Lake Erie of the AHL this season.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

AHL suspends Angelidis, Herauf

The American Hockey League announced on Tuesday that center Mike Angelidis and left wing Brad Herauf of the Albany River Rats and defenseman Matt Generous and center Travis Turnbull of the Portland Pirates have been suspended for two games each as a result of their altercations at the conclusion of the Pirates’ 4-2 victory on Sunday in Portland.
In addition, all four players have been fined an undisclosed amount.
Angelidis and Herauf will miss Albany’s games on Friday and Saturday, both at Norfolk.
Generous and Turnbull will miss Portland’s games at Bridgeport and at Syracuse on Friday and Saturday.

Rats early risers against Senators

The River Rats were truly early risers on Tuesday morning.
Albany scored three unanswered goals in the first period en route to a 6-1 rout of East Division foe Binghamton before a crowd of 5,032, with mostly school groups from throughout the region attending the contest.
In the first morning game at home in the 17-year history of the franchise, the River Rats excelled in the 11 a.m. start.
Albany’s top-scoring line of Jerome Samson, Stephan Chaput and Zach Boychuk combined for 10 points, including four goals.
The French Connection line had a hand in four of the Rats’ goals — with Samson totaling four (1 goal-3 assists) points and Chaput (2-1) and Boychuk (1-2) registering three points each.
The Rats scored three goals on the first 10 shots taken against goalie Andy Chiodo.
Chaput set up Samson’s team-leading 28th goal 1:38 into the game, Chaput scored a power-play goal at 14:11 and center Nick Dodge followed with a goal at 16:50 as Albany built a 3-0 advantage.
Ryan Keller scored a power-play goal 49 seconds into the second period to draw the Senators within two goals, but Chaput scored again at 10:23 on a tally set up by Samson — who extended his team season-high point streak to eight games (with 7 goals and 6 assists) — and Boychuk followed with a power-play goal at 18:06.
Left wing Chris Terry added an unassisted goal 4:55 into the third period.
Goalie Mike Morrison made 32 saves to record his first win with Albany (33-24-3-3), which moved into sole possession of first place in the East Division, two points ahead of Norfolk.
The Rats play at Norfolk both on Friday and Saturday night at 7. Only six of Albany’s 17 remaining games are at home, with the Rats next hosting a game a week from Saturday against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.