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04-17-2008, 04:01 AM
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If the first game is any indication, this series will be brutal.

Daily Gazette: River Rats open AHL playoffs with shutout win.

Things got ugly with 28.7 seconds remaining, when new Rats defenseman David Cornacchia dumped the puck in at center ice and turned to go to the bench, only to be drilled from behind by Phantoms forward Triston Grant.

The play touched off a melee at center ice near the two benches that resulted in 52 penalty minutes and the ejections of Albany’s Tim Conboy and Trevor Gillies.

Referee Chris Cozzan whistled Conboy under rule 70.6 for returning to the ice from the bench, while Gillies was penalized under rule 47.15 for being a third man in. Both could be facing suspensions.

AHL vice president Jim Mill, who is in charge of ruling on those matters, was at the game, and met with Rowe and assistant coach Geordie Kinnear briefly afterward. A decision is expected today.

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