Phantoms blank Rats in Saturday matinee, 3-0


Philadelphia scored once in each period, and goaltender Scott Munroe turned in a 31-save shutout performance as the Phantoms took a 3-0 road win over Albany in a Saturday afternoon matinee at the Times Union Center.

Steve Downie scored in his second AHL game of the season, while Patrick Maroon and Danny Syvret also tallied goals for the Phantoms.

It marked the Phantoms’ first visit to Albany since Apr. 24, 2008, when they took a 3-2 win over the River Rats in five overtimes, the longest game in AHL history. That came in Game 5 of the East Division Semifinals, a series Philadelphia would eventually win in seven games.

On Saturday, Downie put Philadelphia on top 1-0 at 17:46 of the first period on an unassisted goal.

Maroon extended the lead at 10:59 of the middle stanza, with Nate Guenin and Munroe, the goaltender, picking up helpers. Syvret then sealed the win with an empty-net marker at 19:45 of the third period.

Munroe, who registered four shutouts last season, picked up his first of the campaign. The win snapped Philadelphia’s five-game losing skid overall.

Albany fell to 0-3-1-0 in its last four outings.