Thursday, April 29, 2010

Rats-Bears Game 4 Pre-Game

ALBANY --- Facing elimination from the Calder Cup playoffs tonight, this could also be the final game in the history of the Albany River Rats franchise.
Down 3-0 to Hershey in the East Division final, the River Rats made several lineup changes heading into tonight's Game 4.
Left wing Jacob Micflikier returns after he was scratched for Game 3 and center Stefan Chaput is scratched for tonight's game.
With left wing Jiri Tlusty still sidelined because of injury, left wing Brad Herauf returns to the lineup for the second straight game.
On the blue line, Casey Borer has again been scratched and defenseman Zack FitzGerald will make his second appearance of the postseason.
After their loss to Montreal in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal on Wednesday, the Washington Capitals reassigned D Karl Alzner and D John Carlson to Hershey.
Also for Hershey, goalie Michal Neuvirth returns after sitting out Game 3 with a lower-body injury. Neuvirth won the first two games of the series before goalie Braden Holtby won Game 3 in Hershey's 6-5 overtime victory.
Albany scratches for Game 4: Defensemen Casey Borer, Jonathan Paiement, Kyle Lawson and Michal Jordan again sitting out, with Chaput.
Hershey scratches: Forwards Simon Ferguson, Michael Dubuc and Cody Eakin; and defensemen Patrick McNeill, Grant Lewis and Grant McNeill and Carlson. Defender Karl Alzner was called up by the Washington Capitals.
Albany goalie Justin Peters (4-3, 3.23, .900) faces Neuvirth (5-0, 2.13, .904).
Drayson Bowman/Jacob Micflikier/Jerome Samson
Chris Terry/Nick Dodge/Steven Goertzen
Oskar Osala/Zac Dalpe/Zach Boychuk
Nicolas Blanchard/Mike Angelidis/Brad Herauf
Bryan Rodney/Jamie McBain
Jay Harrison/Brett Bellemore
Zack FitzGerald/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/Patrick Wellar
Zach Miskovic/Sean Collins
Karl Alzner/John Carlson


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