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River Rats Clip Bridgeport 3-2 In Shootout

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Welcome to the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn., where the River Rats are playing the first game since their team bus crashed in the early morning hours of Feb. 19 in the town of Becket, Mass.

Piloted by their regular driver, Jack Kingsbury, Albany's Yankee Trails coach pulled up outside the arena shortly after 5 p.m. after a 2 1/2-hour drive. Kingsbury was not involved in last week's accident, other than going out on his own to pick up the team and bus them back from the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass.

On a sunny and pleasant afternoon, the Rats enjoyed an uneventful ride down Route 8 South, a mostly winding, two-lane road that becomes a four-lane highway in Winsted, Conn. for the final 50 or so miles.

"It's part of the nervousness of getting back on the bus and getting back into the routine," head coach-GM Jeff Daniels said. "We've got a lot of road games left. We're going to have to get back on the bus and travel, and travel after the game tonight. At some point, we'll face some snow again, but we'll just have to deal with it."

Wintry conditions contributed to the crash of Albany's bus last week, where it lost control and struck a guardrail, flipping onto its left side. Four players and radio color analyst John Hennessy were hospitalized; all have now been released.

(Henny, by the way, won't be here tonight. I checked in with him this afternoon and he said he wanted to come, but his doctor advised against it. He is hoping to join the team at some point on its road trip, which continues in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday and Syracuse on Sunday. Albany is heading directly to WBS tonight).

"Mentally, I think we'll be OK," Daniels said. "It will be interesting to see how the guys respond tonight. As I told the guys today, we can't ease into this game. We've got to be ready to go from the drop of the puck. Bridgeport isn't going to let us take three or four shifts to get our legs going and then the game's on.

"The game's going to be on when they drop the puck, and we have to make sure we're mentally ready to battle. It's one thing to skate around, but all of a sudden you're going to have to bang some bodies and take some hits, and at the same time, we're trying to climb back into the playoffs."

Rookie forward Brandon Sutter, sent down today by the Carolina Hurricanes for conditioning, is here. He flew in to LaGuardia Airport in New York and drove the last 1 1/2 hours to Bridgeport.

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Seven days since they last played, the River Rats return to action tonight here at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn.

It is Albany's first game since the team bus crash of Feb. 19 that sent players Joe Jensen, Nicolas Blanchard, Jonathan Paiement and Casey Borer and radio color analyst John Hennessy to the hospital, Borer with a season-ending neck injury. All have since been released.

Defenseman Brett Carson, banged up in the crash, is filling in for Hennessy, making his color commentary debut alongside Rats play-by-play man Owen Newkirk. A small group of Albany fans greeted the team as they came on the ice with cheers and cowbells.

Albany is 0-2-0-1 following a five-game win streak, and sits 12 points out of an East Division playoff spot. Bridgeport is on a 5-0-0-2 run and third in the East, two points out of second and five out of first.

To the game. The Rats will have a patchwork lineup in their return, partially filled by one player from the NHL (Brandon Sutter) and four from the ECHL (Ryan McGinnis, Aaron Clarke, Ryan Cruthers, Mitch Ganzak).

With nine regulars sitting out, seven of them with injuries from the crash, Albany coach Jeff Daniels needed to do some major juggling in his lines and defense pairings. Justin Peters will get the start in goal.

"You want to keep it somewhat balanced," Daniels said. "I think it's going to be real important to have four lines going, especially the first game back, especially the first period."

Here are the line combinations from warmups: Jakub Petruzalek-Nick Dodge-Ryan Cruthers; Ryan Weston-Dwight Helminen (A)-Jerome Samson; Aaron Clarke-Brandon Sutter-Pat Dwyer (A); Brad Herauf-Mike Angelidis (A)-Harrison Reed.

Defense pairings: Ryan McGinnis-Mark Flood; Mitch Ganzak-Bryan Rodney; Benn Olson-Noah Babin.

Scratches: Brett Carson, Yannick Tifu, Stefan Chaput, Bobby Hughes, Joe Jensen, Nicolas Blanchard, Jonathan Paiement, Casey Borer, Trevor Gillies.

Bridgeport's line combinations: Trevor Smith-Ben Walter-Kurtis McLean; Jesse Joensuu-Jeremy Colliton (A)-Mike Iggulden; Sean Bentivoglio-Tyler Haskins-Micheal Haley; Mitch Fritz (A)-Tomas Marcinko-Pascal Morency.

Defense pairings: Chris Lee-Jon Gleed; Jamie Fraser-Mark Wotton ©; Dustin Kohn-Andrew MacDonald.

Scratches: Jordan Hart, Joel Rechlicz, Jason Pitton, Dennis Packard, Junior Lessard.

http://dailygazette.com/weblogs/janack/200...tigers-pregame/

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Nick Dodge, Dwight Helminen and Jakub Petruzalek converted shootout attempts as the River Rats made a successful return to action by beating Bridgeport here tonight at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

Brandon Sutter and Jerome Samson had the goals in regulation for Albany, playing for the first time since its team bus crashed on Feb. 19 in the town of Becket, Mass.

Justin Peters stopped 36 of 38 shots in regulation and overtime, and three of four shootout attempts as the Rats (25-25-3-3) snapped an 0-2-0-1 streak.

Bridgeport (31-17-1-3) got goals from Jesse Joensuu and Tyler Haskins, the latter with 11:50 left in the third period to force overtime. Goalie Nathan Lawson finished with 26 saves.

Albany will travel directly to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tonight for Friday night's game.

Albany 0 2 0 0 1 -- 3

Bridgeport 0 1 1 0 0 -- 2

Albany wins shootout, 3-1.

First period

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Tonight was going to be a special one for the River Rats, no matter what. Six days after their team bus crashed on the Mass Pike in an early-morning winter storm, they were playing hockey again.

And they played a lot of hockey: 60 minutes of regulation and five minutes of overtime before converting three of five shootout attempts to rally for a 3-2 win. The game lasted two hours and 30 minutes, and as tired as the patchwork Rats were, they were clearly energized by the win, and relieved at the same time.

"Just getting here today and getting dressed again, putting the jersey back on, definitely felt good," winning goalie Justin Peters said. Peters stopped 36 shots in regulation and overtime, and three of four in the shootout.

"From the drop of the puck, it just felt good to be playing again. The last couple of days dragged on, I thought. It was definitely good to get here, and even better to get the win."

Missing nine regulars, seven from injuries in the accident, Albany's lineup featured four players called up from the ECHL as well as rookie Brandon Sutter, sent down by the Carolina Hurricanes on conditoning. Sutter's father, New Jersey Devils head coach Brent Sutter, attended the game and spoke with his son outside the locker room afterward.

"Before the game, you could tell that it didn't really have a normal feel to a game. Everyone was a little nervous coming back, it was kind of tough jumping right back into it," Brandon Sutter said. "In the first period we were just OK, and after that we picked it up and played pretty well. It was a big win for us, and definitely showed a lot of character. It's a good start."

Bridgeport coach Jack Capuano couldn't help but applaud the Rats afterward, even if it meant taking a extra standings point.

"Knowing a little of their coaching staff and their players that have been around, the best thing for that team was to get on the bus, come to Connecticut and play a hockey game," Capuano said. "They did that, and they should be proud of their effort tonight."

******************

Classy move by the Sound Tigers team and their fans tonight. As everyone stood, waiting for the national anthem, Bridgeport's announcer spoke over the PA system:

"Fans, this is Albany's first game since a February 19 bus crash that injured several of their players. From all of us here at the Sound Tigers, we'd like ot wish them the best for the rest of this season."

The crowd of 2,125 then cheered for the Rats, as Bridgeport players tapped their sticks on the ice or on the boards.

After the game, Bridgeport's booster club presented the Rats with a handmade "get well" card, signed by its members, which featured a River Rats logo on the front and read, "Welcome back to the Albany River Rats. Best wishes from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers booster club."

When it was time for the game's first star to be announced, it was Pat Dwyer that skated out. "In recognition of the River Rats return to the ice, Albany alternate captain Pat Dwyer will accept the game's first star," was the announcement. More cheers, and a hearty and sincere, "Thank you!" from Dwyer as he lifted his stick to the crowd.

Not sure who was responsible for that, or if it would have been the case win or lose, but it was a very nice touch.

http://dailygazette.com/weblogs/janack/200...igers-postgame/

I must say also it was very classy of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers team and there fans to give the River Rats a standing ovation tonight as well. Also they had little signs all around the glass for warmups where the Rats were warming up and the signs read Welcome Albany River Rats. Very nice of them.

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Tonight was going to be a special one for the River Rats, no matter what. Six days after their team bus crashed on the Mass Pike in an early-morning winter storm, they were playing hockey again.

And they played a lot of hockey: 60 minutes of regulation and five minutes of overtime before converting three of five shootout attempts to rally for a 3-2 win. The game lasted two hours and 30 minutes, and as tired as the patchwork Rats were, they were clearly energized by the win, and relieved at the same time.

"Just getting here today and getting dressed again, putting the jersey back on, definitely felt good," winning goalie Justin Peters said. Peters stopped 36 shots in regulation and overtime, and three of four in the shootout.

"From the drop of the puck, it just felt good to be playing again. The last couple of days dragged on, I thought. It was definitely good to get here, and even better to get the win."

Missing nine regulars, seven from injuries in the accident, Albany's lineup featured four players called up from the ECHL as well as rookie Brandon Sutter, sent down by the Carolina Hurricanes on conditoning. Sutter's father, New Jersey Devils head coach Brent Sutter, attended the game and spoke with his son outside the locker room afterward.

"Before the game, you could tell that it didn't really have a normal feel to a game. Everyone was a little nervous coming back, it was kind of tough jumping right back into it," Brandon Sutter said. "In the first period we were just OK, and after that we picked it up and played pretty well. It was a big win for us, and definitely showed a lot of character. It's a good start."

Bridgeport coach Jack Capuano couldn't help but applaud the Rats afterward, even if it meant taking a extra standings point.

"Knowing a little of their coaching staff and their players that have been around, the best thing for that team was to get on the bus, come to Connecticut and play a hockey game," Capuano said. "They did that, and they should be proud of their effort tonight."

******************

Classy move by the Sound Tigers team and their fans tonight. As everyone stood, waiting for the national anthem, Bridgeport's announcer spoke over the PA system:

"Fans, this is Albany's first game since a February 19 bus crash that injured several of their players. From all of us here at the Sound Tigers, we'd like ot wish them the best for the rest of this season."

The crowd of 2,125 then cheered for the Rats, as Bridgeport players tapped their sticks on the ice or on the boards.

After the game, Bridgeport's booster club presented the Rats with a handmade "get well" card, signed by its members, which featured a River Rats logo on the front and read, "Welcome back to the Albany River Rats. Best wishes from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers booster club."

When it was time for the game's first star to be announced, it was Pat Dwyer that skated out. "In recognition of the River Rats return to the ice, Albany alternate captain Pat Dwyer will accept the game's first star," was the announcement. More cheers, and a hearty and sincere, "Thank you!" from Dwyer as he lifted his stick to the crowd.

Not sure who was responsible for that, or if it would have been the case win or lose, but it was a very nice touch.

http://dailygazette.com/weblogs/janack/2009/feb/25/rats-sound-tigers-postgame/' target="_blank">http://dailygazette.com/weblogs/janack/200...igers-postgame/[/post]

I must say also it was very classy of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers team and there fans to give the River Rats a standing ovation tonight as well. Also they had little signs all around the glass for warmups where the Rats were warming up and the signs read Welcome Albany River Rats. Very nice of them.

I was also impressed with the class of the Sound Tigers Wed night. Very classy, warm welcome.

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Great win and mental victory. Good for then Rats :)
Yes it was. I do not think I have ever been prouder of this team as I am right now. They really needed that. When the Rats won in the shotout lastnight to me it felt like we had just won the championship.

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Great win and mental victory. Good for then Rats :)

The boys came out and played hard. Justin Peters was as solid as I've ever seen him - in my opinion, he usually plays hard anyway, but last night he seemed to have a visible determination. They had slight moments when you could tell something just wasn't quite right and then they'd play like nothing ever happened. I am so proud of the guys.

On a separate note, there will be some photographs. There was a slight snafu regarding cameras that, quite frankly I'm way too tired to explain,suffice to say there aren't my usual close-ups because apparently Bridgeport doesn't allow lenses bigger than the fist of the security person at the door...Whatever...They'll be up shortly at http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandpiper214/collections/72157608211266379/' target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandpiper214/...57608211266379/[/post]

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After falling behind 2-0 halfway through the second period, the Sound Tigers were able to battle back with two unanswered goals to steal a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Albany River Rats. Brandon Sutter and Jerome Samson opened the scoring with two tallies in the second period for Albany, but Jesse Joensuu cut the River Rats lead in half to 2-1 three minutes later. In the third, Haskins scored his second shorthanded goal of the season, outracing a River Rat defenseman and backhanding a shot over Albany starting goalie, Justin Peters to tie the score at two and send the game to overtime and the eventual shootout. Jakub Petruzalek's successful shootout attempt would clinch the win for the River Rats in their first game since their terrible bus accident last Wednesday. With the loss, the Sound Tigers drop to 33-17-1-3, but do earn a point, clawing them within a point of the second place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

In a scoreless first period that saw the Sound Tigers outshoot the River Rats 13-9, it was Sound Tigers' net-minder Nathan Lawson coming up big with several saves on two point blank chances in front. Bryan Rodney wristed a shot on goal that Lawson saved but the rebound bounced out to Mike Angelidis in front. The Albany winger tried to quickly sweep the puck through Lawson but the Sound Tiger net-minder covered up and was then run over by two crashing River Rat forwards.

Sutter would open the scoring in the middle frame with his first goal of the season, since he was loaned to Albany on a conditioning stint this afternoon. The Carolina Hurricanes' first overall draft pick from 2007, broke through two Sound Tigers, came in alone on Lawson and pushed the puck under the Sound Tigers' goaltender to give the River Rats the 1-0 lead four minutes into the second period. Samson would make it 2-0 in favor of Albany four minutes later with his 15th goal of the season. Ryan Weston and Benn Olson had assists on Samson's goal. Joensuu would put the Sound Tigers on the scoreboard, also with his 15th tally of the season, at the 11:51 mark of the second. Jeremy Colliton sent a pass to Joensuu in front of the Sound Tigers' bench and the big Finnish winger dropped his shoulder and drove to the net. Before reaching the goal-line, Joensuu snapped a quick shot on Peters that snuck through the Albany goaltender to cut the River Rats' lead to 2-1. Mike Iggulden also had an assist on the play.

While on the penalty-kill eight minutes into the third period, Haskins would tie the score at two. The play started with Lawson attempting to clear the puck but it was knocked down at the point by an Albany defenseman. Unable to control the puck, Haskins poked it out of the zone and was sprung on a breakaway from center-ice. Haskins made a fake to his forehand, then pulled the puck to his backhand and lifted it over Peters' right pad for his sixth goal of the season.

Nothing was decided in the five minute overtime period so the game went to a shootout. The River Rats received goals from Nick Dodge and Dwight Helminen on their first attempts, but Trevor Smith was able to draw the Sound Tigers closer with his successful shot to make the score 2-1 Albany with three rounds remaining. The Sound Tigers were unable to score on their next two attempts and Petruzalek won the game in the fifth round, snapped a shot past Lawson to win the emotional first game back for the River Rats 3-2.

Lawson finished the game with 26 saves on 28 shots while Peters earned the win turning aside 36 of the 38 Sound Tiger shots he faced. The Sound Tigers were 0-for-3 on the power-play and 4-for-4 on the penalty-kill.

On Friday, the Sound Tigers will pay their final regular season visit to the Wachovia Spectrum, taking on the Philadelphia Phantoms at 7:05 p.m. The top affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers will move out of the Spectrum as the city plans on demolishing the building at the close of the 2008-09 AHL season. The following night, the Sound Tigers will return to action at Arena at Harbor Yard against the Penguins at 7 p.m.

3 Stars

1. Pat Dwyer - Team's assistant captain represented the River Rats as they returned to the ice for the first time since their bus accident

2. Justin Peters - Stops 36 saves in the victory

3. Tyler Haskins - Ties the game in the third period on a nice shorthanded goal

Honorable Mention: Jesse Joensuu - Scores Sound Tigers' first goal

Game Ops: During the first intermission, the Sound Tigers invited three fans onto the ice to compete in the Ritas Ice Challenge. The three contestants raced to see who could finish their Ritas Ice first. After several bites, all three had brain freeze but the winner took home a tug of Ritas Ice. In the second intermission, three fans took part in the Human Sling Shot and the final shooter knocked down every pin. One of the biggest Sound Tiger fans is Deb. L and during the second period she was named the game's season ticket holder of the game. Deb took home a team signed stick, flowers and an autographed Mark Wotton puck.

Blue Uniforms: Unlike the NHL, AHL teams wear their white jerseys as their home color. Tonight however, the Sound Tigers and River Rats followed the NHL format due to the River Rats losing their away red jerseys in their bus crash last week. The Sound Tigers wore their away blue jerseys tonight to coexist with the River Rats' home whites.

Shutting the Power Down: The Sound Tigers' penalty-kill unit is ranked seventh in the AHL this season and tonight, they were perfect in shutting down Albany's man-advantage. One of Jack Capuano's top killers is Tyler Haskins who added his second shorthanded goal of the season in the third period to tie the game. The goal evened the contest and allowed the Sound Tigers to steal a point out of a game in which they were trailing 2-0.

LINEUPS

SOUND TIGERS

Forwards

23 Trevor Smith - 9 Ben Walter - 71 Kurtis McLean

6 Jesse Joensuu - 21 Jeremy Colliton - 37 Mike Iggulden

14 Sean Bentivoglio - 10 Tyler Haskins - 18 Micheal Haley

29 Mitch Fritz - 8 Tomas Marcinko - 55 Pascal Morency

Defensemen

4 Mark Wotton - 3 Jamie Fraser

24 Chris Lee - 20 Jon Gleed

2 Andrew MacDonald - 5 Dustin Kohn

Goalies

52 Nathan Lawson (starter)

1 Peter Mannino

RIVER RATS

Forwards

12 Aaron Clarke - 23 Brandon Sutter - 24 Pat Dwyer

17 Jerome Samson - 11 Dwight Helminen - 18 Ryan Weston

8 Nick Dodge - 16 Jakub Petruzalek - 9 Ryan Cruthers

36 Brad Herauf - 10 Mike Angelidis - 22 Harrison Reed

Defensemen

6 Ryan McGinnis - 4 Mark Flood

33 Bryan Rodney - 34 Mitch Ganzak

2 Noah Babin - 3 Benn Olson

Goalies

35 Justin Peters (starter)

31 Daniel Manzato

http://www.bridgeportsoundtigers.com/news/show?id=444

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Hey sandpiper didn't you and Darlene say that guy that took you pictures lastnight was from the Connecticut Post? There are some pictures in this article but none of you guys.

Darlene told me after the fact. I didn't know he was taking pictures because I didn't see him and I wouldn't have agreed to it (wrong side of the camera for me). She asked how to spell my name and then later told me he was taking them to submit for the TU. No idea what he was doing.

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Darlene told me after the fact. I didn't know he was taking pictures because I didn't see him and I wouldn't have agreed to it (wrong side of the camera for me). She asked how to spell my name and then later told me he was taking them to submit for the TU. No idea what he was doing.
Oh ok. Because I know I was not down there when he was taken the pictures. And I did not see them in the times union and I know she said he was from the post. I went there and did not see them there either.

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Oh ok. Because I know I was not down there when he was taken the pictures. And I did not see them in the times union and I know she said he was from the post. I went there and did not see them there either.

Who knows, I didn't see him shooting either, but the way I understand it he took all our names.

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The boys came out and played hard. Justin Peters was as solid as I've ever seen him - in my opinion, he usually plays hard anyway, but last night he seemed to have a visible determination. They had slight moments when you could tell something just wasn't quite right and then they'd play like nothing ever happened. I am so proud of the guys.

On a separate note, there will be some photographs. There was a slight snafu regarding cameras that, quite frankly I'm way too tired to explain,suffice to say there aren't my usual close-ups because apparently Bridgeport doesn't allow lenses bigger than the fist of the security person at the door...Whatever...They'll be up shortly at http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandpiper214/collections/72157608211266379/' target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandpiper214/...57608211266379/[/post]

The photos are up

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