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Rats 4, Admirals 2

By Phil Janack
Sunday, March 1, 2009

Defenseman Brett Carson scored the winning goal withi 9:46 left in the third period to lift the River Rats past Norfolk at the former Knickerbocker Arena.

Goaltender Daniel Manzato made 31 saves -- and lost half of a front tooth -- as Albany won its first home game since surviving an early-morning bus crash on Feb. 19 in western Massachusetts.

Defenseman Bryan Rodney had a goal and two assists, Jakub Petruzalek had a goal and assist, and Mike Angelidis also scored for the Rats, who snapped a two-game losing streak. It was their fourth game in five days following their return to the ice after the crash.

A crowd of 4,059 was on hand to watch Albany, which in a pregame ceremony honored members of the emergency personnel that tended to them following the accident, where the team bus lost control, struck a guardrail and toppled onto its left side. Four players and radio color analyst John Hennessy were hospitalized.

Hennessy worked his first game since Feb. 18 in Lowell, and was honored during the third period as the Rats "player of the game." He was joined on the broadcast by injured defenseman Casey Borer, who wore a blue "Lee F.D." baseball cap in honor of the Lee (Mass.) Fire Department.

Norfolk 0 0 2 — 2
Albany 2 0 2 — 4
First period — 1. Albany, Rodney 3 (Sutter, Helminen), 10:21 (pp). 2, Albany, Angelidis 14 (Rodney), 15:01. Penalties — Rosehill, Nor double-minor (roughing), 4:13; Rosehill, Nor (interference), 8:21; Konopka, Nor (slashing), 9:26; Carson, Alb (boarding), 20:00.
Second period — None. Penalties — Olson, Alb (slashing), 9:21.
Third period — 3, Norfolk, Szczechura 13 (Lundin, Segal), 2:43. 4, Norfolk, Zingoni 3 (Henley), 5:46. 5, Albany, Carson 4 (Peetruzalek, Dodge), 10:14. 6, Albany, Petruzalek 15 (Flood, Rodney), 19:52 (en). Penalties — Keller, Nor (boarding), 2:53; Segal, Nor (hooking), 10:41; Babin, Alb (holding), 13:56; Lundin, Nor (hooking), 15:14; Jones, Nor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:52; Smolenak, Nor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:52; Dwyer, Alb (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:52.
Shots on goal — Norfolk 4-14-15 — 33. Albany 12-6-9 — 27.
Goalies — Norfolk, Helenius 4-5-1-0 (26 shots-23 saves). Albany, Manzato 12-7-1-0 (33-31).
Power-play opportunities — Norfolk 0 of 3. Albany 1 of 7.
A — 4,059. T — 2:12.
Referee — Jamie Koharski. Linesmen — Mike Emanatian, Steeve Lemay.

 

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