Friday, April 16, 2010

Rats edge Pens, take 2-0 series lead

ALBANY --- The Albany River Rats continue to display a flair for the dramatic in the playoffs.
Defenseman Jamie McBain scored the game winner in the third period and Justin Peters made 27 saves, including stopping a penalty shot, as Albany edged Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 3-2 on Friday in Game 2 of their East Division semifinal series.
Albany takes a 2-0 lead in the series, which shifts to Wilkes-Barre for Game 3 on Sunday and Game 4 on Monday.
McBain finished off a wild third period, taking a pass from left wing Drayson Bowman and lifting a shot past goalie John Curry with 4:02 remaining in regulation.
Earlier in the second period, left wing Chris Terry drew the Rats even with a goal at 7:17.
Just 1:28 later, the Penguins were awarded a penalty shot as McBain prevented center Dustin Jeffrey from breaking in alone.
Peters denied Jeffrey on the ensuing penalty shot as the forward moved down the middle and shot into the goalie's leg pads.
Rats center Nick Dodge provided Albany with a 2-1 advantage by taking a pass from defenseman Jay Harrison and snapped a shot past Curry at 10:00 of the third period. Dodge has now scored three goals in two playoff games to lead the club.
Right wing Konstantin Pushkarev pulled the Penguins even at 14:50. McBain followed with his second goal of the playoffs.
Curry stopped 29 of 32 shots faced for Wilkes-Barre, which has never lost a first-round playoff series.


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