By Mike Buskus
The Albany River Rats enjoyed a holiday, of several days duration, following Saturday night?s 3-2 overtime victory over the Providence Bruins. It was the first time this season that the Rats emerged victorious when trailing after two periods (1-14-1).
The overtime game-winning goal, notched by Joel Bouchard, came on a 2-on-1 break featuring Bruce Gardiner setting up Bouchard. It was only the second overtime victory (Syracuse was the other) in twelve contests this year to go to the extra session.
The week began on the road in Hamilton, at Copps Coliseum. In the Rats? most offensive outburst in 20 minutes this season, Albany scored five times in the first period and took a 5-3 lead into the first intermission. Two periods later, the Rats emerged victorious, 8-6, to score the most goals since last spring when Albany scored 8 while hosting the Bulldogs at the Pepsi Arena.
For Albany fans who remember Walt Kyle?s Bulldogs as being a particularly stingy and cautious defense, this year?s Hamilton team is different. The Bulldogs led the league, through games played on December 22, with 125 goals, or 3.91 per game. For an Albany team that was at the bottom of the league (2.33 per game), the 8-goal outburst in Hamilton may have revived the confidence of some players who had not scored.
At Copps Coliseum, Albany collected two of the three stars, with defenseman Mikko Jokela garnering third star (1G; 2A) and forward Christian Berglund bagging first star (2G; 1A). Mike Rupp (1G; 2A) scored for Read more»
02:32 SUI Gerber (Monnet, Forster) 1:0 PP
08:43 SUI Monnet (Camenzind, Helfenstein) 2:0
19:16 SUI Nussli (P.Bartschi, Ramholt) 3:0
21:44 SUI Raffainer (Sutter, Gerber) 4:0 PP
23:44 SUI Camenzind (Monnet, Back) 5:0 SH
37:19 SUI Raffainer (Gerber, D.Bartschi) 6:0
37:52 SUI Nussli (Ambuhl) 7:0 SH
53:30 SUI P.Bartschi (Ambuhl, Nussli) 8:0
About the winner of this game was decided very soon. After the
first four minutes the Swiss players were enjoying a 2:0 lead
and were totally over the team of France. After two periods
the score was already 7:0 and for the third period the French
team changed the goalies and tactics. It was obvious that they
can´t do anything with the result, the Swiss players were
in control of the game and they didn´t allow almost any shot
at Matthias Schoder in their net. The French team played
a totally defensive game in the last period in order to get
ready for the relegation games, but couldn´t avoid a 8:0 loss.
Canada – Russia 5:2
04:09 CAN Stoll (Ott) 1:0 SH
14:04 CAN Weiss (Spezza, Kobasew) 2:0 PP
20:50 RUS Knyazev (Chistov) 2:1 PP
27:11 CAN Cammalleri (Boyes) 3:1 PP
38:19 RUS Polushin (Frolov) 3:2 PP
48:09 CAN Aulin (Hamhuis) 4:2 PP Read more»
Richmond Renegades top goaltender Rastislav Stana was a bit of a chance, having been selected in the late rounds of the 1998 NHL entry draft. However, Stana has been strong thus far for the ECHL Richmond Renegades. The 6 foot 2, 180 pound goaltender is the owner of a .917 save percentage as of December 19th. His stellar play has recently been rewarded a brief call-up with the parent Portland Pirates (AHL) with the ankle injury of Olaf Kolzig.
However, Stana should return to the Renegades this week and await the possibility of being selected to the ECHL All-Star team. Rastislav continues to keep strong numbers again this season with the Renegades. Recently in a pair of games, he stopped a combined 84 shots to improve his record to 11-6. Despite apparently not being well liked by the Reading fans, where a fan threw a beer on him earlier this week…”Ratty” continues to ignore the critics and surprise the scouts.
STANA NAMED TO ECHL ALL-STAR GAME-12/20/01
Princeton,N.J. (Edited by Seth Keggins)… The East Coast Hockey League on Thursday announced the Northern Conference roster for the 2002 Sovereign Bank/ECHL All-Star Game to be played at 7:30 p.m. ET on January 22 at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, N.J.
The starting lineup and the roster for the Northern Conference All-Stars were determined in a vote of Northern Conference coaches. The Northern Conference roster features 17 players that are making their first appearance in an ECHL All-Star Game, including seven rookies.
Each Northern Conference coach was asked to select t Read more»