By Mike Buskus
Albany Week in Review #19
To be shut out is bad. To be shut out twice in a row is very bad. That happened to the Albany River Rats in the week just past, as the team gained only two of a possible six standings points, with a 3-2 win over Springfield on Wednesday. On Friday, February 8, 2002, Springfield blanked the Rats, 4-0, with Falcons’ goaltender, Dieter Kochan, getting the victory and Rats’ netminder, J.F. Damphousse, taking the loss. The next night, Ilja Brzygalov, of the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, shelled the Rats by the identical, 4-0 cushion.
The scoreless skid actually added up to 156 minutes and 28 seconds, since Albany’s last scored at 3:32 of the second period on Wednesday.
The offensive drought was due in part to illness or injuries, with top scorer, Steve Guolla, still side-lined from broken facial bones incurred in the first period of a road game on February 1. Daryl Andrews, Stan Gron and Max Birbraer, missed action from the flu (as did assistant coach, Geordie Kinnear). Brian Gionta and Christian Berglund remain with the Devils.
Albany goaltenders again got a workout, with J.F. Damphousse facing 39 shots at home on Wednesday in the team’s lone victory (37 saves), and 40 against the same opponent on the road in a loss (36 saves). Ari Ahonen confronted 54 shots on Saturday, making twice as many saves (50) as the Ducks’ goaltender (25).
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