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Albany Wins Season Finale 3-2

April 11, 2009 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Albany River Rats News Release

ALBANY, NY - Eight players were ejected from the game in a bristly contest that saw the Albany River Rats defeat the Binghamton Senators 3-2 Saturday night at the Times Union Center.

River Rats defenseman Mark Flood scored the game's first goal just 1:55 into the contest with a hard shot through traffic that eluded Binghamton goaltender Mitch O'Keefe. Less then one minute later Binghamton's Greg Mauldin knotted the game at one with an unassisted tally on Albany's Justin Peters. The home team reclaimed the lead midway through the opening frame when rookie Michael Kennedy, in his third professional game, netted his first career pro point, blasting a slap shot into the top corner of the goal; Ryan Weston and Mark Flood assisted on the 22 year-old Cornell product's go-ahead marker. River Rats captain Pat Dwyer gave his club a two goal cushion at 13:03, deflecting a Ryan McGinnis shot up and over O'Keefe. Jeff Glass replaced O'Keefe in goal for Binghamton and the score remained 3-1 until the end of the period.

Seven minutes into the scoreless middle frame all 5,366 home fans rose to their feet as a line brawl erupted, including a mid-ice square-off between the two goalies. The officials took several minutes to sort out the penalties and to collect the equipment that littered the ice; fighting majors and game misconducts were assessed to Albany's Kennedy, Peters and Ben Olson, along with Binghamton's Glass, Shawn Weller and Jeremy Yablonski. Daniel Manzato took over in goal for the River Rats and O'Keefe re-entered the game to replace Glass for the Senators. Albany out-shot the B-Sens 15-3 in the period, but the score held at 3-1.

Binghamton's Peter Regin pulled his team to within a goal in the opening minutes of the third period with a quick shot from the low slot. However, Manzato stopped everything else that came his way to give the River Rats the 3-2 victory in their season finale.

Albany goaltender Justin Peters stopped 9-of-10 shots and earned the win in 26:59 of action and Daniel Manzato blocked 10-of-11 shots in 33:01 of relief work as the River Rats improved to 33-40-3-4 on the season. Senators goalie Mitch O'Keefe allowed three goals on 34 shots in 44:46 of action and Jeff Glass stopped all seven shots faced in his 13:56 of ice time as Binghamton fell to 41-30-5-4 on the year. The River Rats out-shot the Senators 44-21 in the game and went 0-for-10 on the power play; the Senators were 0-for-2 with the man advantage.

Notes: Albany rookie Nick Dodge played in his 80th game of the season tonight against Binghamton, becoming the 12th player in River Rats history to play in all 80 games in one regular season.

River Rats flex ticket packages and individual game tickets are on sale now at the River Rats office and the Times Union Center Box Office. For more information please contact the Albany River Rats at (518) 487-2244 or online at www.albanyriverrats.com.

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