Wednesday, November 18, 2009

River Rats, Phantoms shuffle players

The Carolina Hurricanes recalled goaltender Justin Peters today from the Albany River Rats, who host the Syracuse Crunch tonight at 7 at the former Knickerbocker Arena.

Peters, 23, is filling in for ex-Rat Michael Leighton, who suffered a lower-body injury in Tuesday night's 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. The Canes recently signed journeyman Manny Legace when No. 1 netminder Cam Ward was hurt.

This season, Peters is 6-5-2, 2.43 and .913 in 13 games for Albany. His partner is rookie Mike Murphy.

To take Peters' place in Albany, the Rats summoned veteran Mike Morrison from ECHL Florida. Morrison, 30, is 5-4-1, 2.79 and .903 in 10 games for the Everblades.

Making his return to the Rats lineup tonight will be former captain Tim Conboy. The 27-year-old natural defenseman had 22 penalty minutes in 11 games as a forward for the Canes this season. Playing on a one-way contract, Conboy has played 58 career games in the NHL and 305 in the AHL for Albany and Cleveland.

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The Adirondack Phantoms host the Toronto Marlies for the only time this season tonight at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Adirondack will be without forward David Laliberte, 23, who was recalled by the parent Philadelphia Flyers for their five-game road trip which begins tonight in Los Angeles.

A right wing, Laliberte has seven points (2g, 5a) in 10 AHL games this season, and has three points (2g, 1a) in four games with the Flyers since making his NHL debut on Oct. 31.

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