On Friday, while the big team crapped the bed, the Albany River Rats continued to play good hockey. They beat the Norfolk Admirals 5-2, and Brandon Sutter notched the game winner in just his third AHL game. In three games, the 2007 Hurricanes top pick has one goal and one assist.
With four games remaining on the schedule, the Rats have all but locked up a Calder Cup playoff spot. They need just one standings point, or for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to lose just one of their remaining six games.
Rookie sensation Jerome Samson, who may vie for a spot on the Hurricanes, scored his 21st of the season.
Michael Leighton, who leads the AHL in all goaltending categories, picked up his 28th win of the season. Look for him to join the big team next season.
The same two teams will square off tonight, and again on Wednesday.
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