Rats' rookie Ken Magowan sharp in O.T. loss to Bridgeport
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 26, 2005). Though the Albany River Rats lost in overtime to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (4-3), the Devils' organization may have discovered (or rediscovered) some hidden talent in their 7th round, #198 overall pick in the 2000 NHL entry draft. In only his second AHL game this season (he played 5 games last year after his Boston University career ended), forward Ken Magowan played well on Albany's top line, with Zach Parise and Pascal Rheaume. Magowan bagged a goal and an assist (giving him four points in two games).
Prior to this week, Magowan was getting his ice time with the Augusta Lynx in the ECHL, where, according to hockeyDB.com, he had compiled 37 points (15G; 22A) and 85 PIM in 50 contests. But it looks like he's a "keeper" now, at least at the AHL level. From physical play, to shooting, to responsible two-way action, Magowan seems right at home in the AHL.
The game started ominously, at least from Rats' goaltender Scott Clemmensen's perspective. He muffed the puck behind the net and was unable to get back i the cage in time to stop Rob Collins' opportunistic goal, finishing off Brendan Yarema's shot from the goal line through the paint. Thus, the Sound Tigers led the game just 0:34 after opening face-off, on the first shot recorded.
Clemmensen settled down and had a decent game. Indeed, he couldn't be faulted on the overtime game-winner by Brendan Yarema, a perfect laser from the outside near the corner and the goal line that snuck through the narrowest of room above the Albany goaltender's shoulder. That, with less than a minute left in the extra session and fans getting ready for what they thought would be a shoot-out event.
Despite the Rats' bad opening minute, with Clemmensen's miscue, Albany settled down and took a lead into first intermission. First, Tuomas Pihlman, a healthy scratch most nights, recorded his 5th of the season by going glove-side high on Dieter Kochan, the current player of the week. Ironically, the Rats scored that goal with one Albany player out of the zone. Aaron Voros had broken his stick and had to return to the bench to get a new twig. While he did, Pihlman polished off a pass from Cam Janssen and the game was evened up.
Janssen played his usual explosive game, finishing three punishing checks in a single shift for which he collected two penalties (the second, while the delayed penalty was called on the first one). First, in a hard hit to the boards just after Brendan Yarema unloaded the puck (and, hence one that many referees would not have called), Dave Hansen signalled a delayed penalty. While play continued with the Sound Tigers in possession of the puck, Janssen then finished a check on Rob Collins. Finally, he finished an even harder check on Justin Papineau. That one drew a second penalty.
While the Rats did an excellent job killing off both penalties, Albany fans took grave exception to Justin Papineau's miraculous "recovery." He claimed to need medical attention and the Bridgeport trainer helped him off the ice as he appeared to, in wobbly fashion, go down the runway to the Sound Tigers' locker room. However, as soon as he discovered that he did not "draw" a five-minute major against Janssen, miraculously Papineau reappeared on the ice and literally took the face-off in the attack zone as play resumed with the power play. Chants of "faker" were heard from the stands.
Having done a good job killing off those consecutive minor penalties, Albany scored in the final minute of the first period. Zach Parise was high-sticked and a delayed penalty was called. However, as he was falling to the ice, Parise managed to get the puck to Pascal Rheaume. The Rats' captain fed a cross-ice pass to Ken Magowan (who had made a bee-line for the net) and a go-ahead goal resulted.
Unfortunately for Albany, the second period did not match the intensity or the results of the opening stanza. A fully recovered Justin Papineau made a great wrap-around move on the goal and Rob Collins poked it past Clemmensen. Papineau got his own on a power play in the final minute of the second period, to give the edge to Bridgeport.
Albany's Dean McAmmond roofed a power play shot midway through the third period that clanked off the cross-bar and hit Dieter Kochan's shoulder before falling into the net.
In overtime, Kochan made a good save on Aaron Voros, who had a promising scoring chance courtesy of a good pass from Aleksander Suglobov. But, with less than a minute to go in the extra session, Yarema's perfectly-placed shot snuck past Clemmensen on a sharp angle from the corner. Final score: Bridgeport: 4; Albany: 3, (O.T.).
The three stars: third, to Justin Papineau for one goal and one assist (minus some "Academy Award" acting to try to stretch a penalty into a major); second, to Ken Magowan of Albany, with a goal and a helper; and, first, to Brendan Yarema, with a goal (O.T. game-winner) and an assist.
For the second times in two nights in Albany, someone other than the announced "first star" skated on the ice to accept the applause. Tonight, it was Cole Jarrett, a defenseman who played forward and had one assist.
But, as far as Albany fans were concerned, the best thing they saw was some hard work and good results for Ken Magowan in only his second AHL game this year (and 7th overall if you count the 5 games after his college season ended last year).