Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 02/21/10 at 02:04 AM ET
On Saturday, the Albany River Rats defeated the Adirondack Phantoms 2-1 to clinch victory in the inaugural Time Warner Cable Cup challenge. The two teams will meet 12 times this season, and Albany is now 7-1-1 in the season series with three games to play. This was going to be an annual grudge match between the two Eastern NY hockey clubs, but it turns out that it will be the one and only challenge cup. The Rats will be moving to Charlotte next season, and it’s unlikely that the Checkers (I hate that name) will play the Phantoms more than eight times in the regular season.
Jerome Samson scored his 24th goal and added an assist to give the Rats the win over former Hurricanes backup Johnny Crackers. Zach Boychuk scored the game-winning goal and Justin Peters earned his 20th win of the season for the Rats.
The Rats will face the Hershey Bears on Sunday afternoon.
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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.