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Rats look to gain control

On Wednesday, the Albany River Rats won the first game of their first round Calder Cup playoff series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Penguins.  Nick Dodge had the game-winner in the last minute of regulation, his second of the game.  The Rats play at home again tonight and will hope to gain a 2-0 series lead. 
Left wing Jacob Micflikier and defenseman Jamie McBain also tallied goals for the Rats.

Nick Johnson led the Baby Pens with two goals (including a short-handed goal)  and an assist.  The Pens will see a change in goal on Friday night due to an illness and a call-up.

On the Penguins big club, Brent Johnson, who is Marc-Andre Fleury’s backup in nets, has fallen ill.  This has forced the Pens to recall Brad Thiessen from WBS.  So for game two of the Rats/Baby Pens series, the Baby Pens will have John Curry in nets. 

Justin Peters is expected to remain in nets for the Rats tonight.  The Baby Pens are focusing their defense on Rats leading scorer Jerome Samson, and Rats will try to get him more involved, or look for some of the other guys to step up.  If they continue to focus on Samson, expect big things from Micflikier.  Expect big things from Drayson Bowman.  Zach Boychuk. 

Game two is tonight at 7:00 in the Times-Union Center.

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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science.  He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows.  Sometimes, all in the same day. 

David has contributed to CBC.ca for their Stanley Cup playoff coverage in 2006 and to the New York Times Slapshot blog for theirs in 2008. Red and Black Hockey was founded in July of 2005.