THIRD PERIOD SEWERS PENGUINS - RATS WIN 4-1
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 6, 2009
THIRD PERIOD SEWERS PENGUINS – RATS WIN 4-1
ALBANY, NY. – Leading scorer Jerome Samson broke a 1-1 deadlock with a third-period marker, and the Albany River Rats added two more late in the third en route to a 4-1 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Sunday evening at Times Union Center.
For the second straight night, the Penguins controlled the opening faceoff and got the game’s first scoring chance, but it was the opposition tallying first. This time it only took 36 seconds for Albany captain Pat Dwyer to beat a Penguins defenseman and finish a sharp-angle chance past John Curry for his 11th goal of the season.
A back-and-forth battle continued until the Penguins made the Rats pay on their second penalty of the period. With Rats forward Brad Herauf in the box for slashing, Dustin Jeffrey took a shot from the right circle that netminder Justin Peters fought off. Eric Tangradi, parked in front of Peters, reached for the puck and backhanded a shot upstairs for his fourth goal of the campaign, knotting the score at 1-1.
The stalemate held until 8:17 of the third, when Samson finished off a two-on-one rush with linemate Stefan Chaput. Samson backhanded his 11th of the season over Curry’s glove hand.
Albany would add goals by Bryan Rodney and Nicolas Blanchard to seal the victory.
The Penguins will travel to central New York for the first time this season as they take on the Syracuse Crunch on Wednesday night. Faceoff is set for 7:00 PM at the Onondaga County War Memorial at OnCenter. The team returns home on Friday night for a 7:05 PM battle with the Binghamton Senators. The first 5,000 fans through the gates will receive a Tux snow globe courtesy of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Friday night will also be the first of two Teddy Bear Tosses, conducted in conjunction with the Tobyhanna Army Depot.