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02-11-2005, 10:19 PM
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MIKE4DEVILS
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Rats beat Pirates in goaltender's duel

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 11, 2005). In the end, the difference between winning and losing was the width of a goalie's skate blade. Portland's hot-hand goaltender, Kirk Daubenspeck (3-0; 0.59 GAA; .980 save percentage) was very good. But Scott Clemmensen (6-17-4; 2.73 GAA; .915 save percentage) was better.

It took a shot from the corner, on an Albany power play, from Adrian Foster, that caromed off of Daubenspeck's skate blade and into the net. By then, at 4:36 of the third period, both goaltenders had pitched a perfect game.

For the Pirates, Daubenspeck had repelled all 20 Albany shots through two periods and then some, including a point-blank shot by Aaron Voros midway through the first period and a short-handed bid by Pascal Rheaume late in the opening stanza, as well as a chance by Ivan Khomutov at the game's mid-point.

At the other end, Scott Clemmensen was similarly flawless. He stopped Brian Sutherby, driving hard to the net, late in the second period; turned aside a rebound shot by Graham Mink seconds later, and silenced other chances during the Pirates' five power play opportunities.

After the Rats took their one-goal lead on Foster's power play goal, Daubenspeck kept the Pirates alive by racing to the face-off dot to collide with Cam Janssen of the Rats who was cruising in on a breakaway.

Clemmensen made an important save on Brian Willsie in the final minute to prevent overtime. Rats' captain, Pascal Rheaume, added an empty-net shot in the waning seconds to provide a cushion.

The win, which was the third in a row for Albany, matched the season's best streak that happened way back during the second week of the season.

The three stars: third, Portland goaltender, Kirk Daubenspeck, almost perfect but for the Foster goal; second, Adrian Foster of the Rats with the game-winning tally; and, first, to Scott Clemmensen of Albany with the shutout.

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