Sunday, April 25, 2010

Chaput returns to Rats lineup for Game 2

HERSHEY, Pa. --- River Rats center Stefan Chaput returned to action just in time for Game 2 of the East Division final series against the Hershey Bears.
Chaput is back in the lineup after left wing Jiri Tlusty left with an injury in the first period of Game.
After missing the final five games of the regular season, Chaput sat out the first five Calder Cup playoff games as well.
As they enter Game 2, the River Rats have truly been living on the edge of late, but its nothing new for the club.
Dating back to the regular season, nine consecutive games have been decided by one goal or by one goal plus an empty-net tally.
Albany is 6-3 over this stretch, including 4-1 in the playoffs, but looks to get even today against the Hershey Bears in Game 2 of the East Division final at 5 p.m.
With the Bears' 4-3 comeback victory in overtime on Saturday the Rats lost for the first time in the postseason this year.
Just like in Game 1, Albany will look to defy history as it has won only one of six playoffs series in which it lost the opening game.
Yet the Rats can take solace in the fact that in their only other previous playoff series against Hershey, the Bears won first game, with the Rats prevailing in Game 2 in Pennsylvania.
After tonight, the series shifts back to Albany for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday, both at 7 p.m.
Albany scratches for Game 1: Defensemen Zack Fitzgerald, Jonathan Paiement, Kyle Lawson and Michal Jordan again sitting out, along with left wing Brad Herauf.
Hershey scratches: Forwards Simon Ferguson, Michael Dubuc, Anton Gustafsson and Cody Eakin; and defensemen Patrick McNeill, Grant Lewis and Grant McNeill.
Albany goalie Justin Peters (4-1, 2.51, .924) faces Michal Neuvirth (4-0, 1.92, .915) again.
Jerome Samson/Stefan Chaput/Zach Boychuk
Chris Terry/Nick Dodge/Steven Goertzen
Oskar Osala/Mike Angelidis/Drayson Bowman
Nicolas Blanchard/Zac Dalpe/Jacob Micflikier
Bryan Rodney/Jamie McBain
Jay Harrison/Brett Bellemore
Casey Borer/Tim Conboy
Alexandre Giroux/Keith Aucoin/Andrew Gordon
Chris Bourque/Jay Beagle/Mathieu Perreault
Boyd Kane/Andrew Jourdrey/Steve Pinizzotto
Ashton Rome/Kyle Wilson/Francois Bouchard
Bryan Helmer/Dylan Yeo
Zach Miskovic/Karl Alzner
Patrick Wellar/Johann Kroll


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