Week 11 Recap: Pre Holiday Split

A quick two game road trip for the Devils before heading out for the Christmas break, against one team decimated by callups, the other on a winning streak.  2 out of 4 points in two very close games, including a conditioning stint cameo and a possible rivalry returning to the surface resulted.

12/19 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: 4-2 W

The trip began Friday night in northeast Pennsylvania, as Albany made its first of two visits this season to Wilkes-Barre Township to take on the Penguins, who were missing a chunk of the regular roster due to illness and injury ravaging the parent club in Pittsburgh.  Reid Boucher got the visitors on the board midway through the first on a power play goal, his 6th of the season.  Mike Sislo, in his first appearance since returning to Albany on Monday, scored on another power play midway through the second to double the lead.  The Pens would finally get on the board just as the third period began, as Conor Sheary would score on a power play to cut the lead in half.  Brandon Burlon would score on yet another power play with just over 3 minutes to go in the game, and that goal would prove to be very important.  Derrick Pouliot would bring the Pens back to within one just 15 seconds later.  But Paul Thompson would score into an empty net with 6 seconds remaining to seal the win, just the third time in franchise history a Devils team won in Wilkes-Barre.  On the same night Keith Kinkaid would finally get his first NHL win in New Jersey, Scott Clemmensen drew the start and picked up his second win, stopping 19 of 21 Penguin shots.  Adam Larsson, in his one game conditioning cameo appearance, got two assists and played in all situations.  Burlon and three other Devils each had helpers.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Paul Thompson-Graham Black

Reid Boucher-Rod Pelley-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-Ben Thomson-Darcy Zajac

David Wohlberg-Ben Johnson-Alexandre Carrier

Extra: Chris McKelvie, Scott Timmins, Kelly Zajac, Cam Janssen

Defense:

Mark Fraser/Reece Scarlett

Adam Larsson/Dan Kelly

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Joe Faust, Eric Baier, Mike Keenan

Saturday: As expected, Adam Larsson was recalled to New Jersey after his one game cameo appearance in Wilkes-Barre.  But he wasn’t going up alone…Mike Sislo joined him after Mike Cammalleri was placed on injured reserve.  Larsson was unceremoniously scratched for Saturday’s home loss to Washington, while Sislo played on the third line with Martin Havlat and Adam Henrique.

12/20 at Syracuse: 3-2 L

To finish off the weekend, the Devils traveled roughly 3 hours north on Interstate 81 (from someone who did this drive last season…it feels much longer than that) to Syracuse for the first of 4 visits this season to the War Memorial to take on a very hot Crunch team.  Syracuse had won their last 8 in a row coming in.  And it showed during the first period, as former River Rat Mike Angelidis (on a power play) and Mike Blunden scored nearly five minutes apart for a 2-0 advantage.  Reid Boucher would cut the lead in half with his second power play goal of the weekend and his 7th of the season 7:32 into the second period.  Forty seconds later…it felt like the old River Rats-Crunch rivalry was making a comeback, and former Devil Matt Corrente was in the middle of it all, taking on Alexandre Carrier and saluting the crowd as he skated to the box.  In that ensuing scrum, Brandon Burlon was called for a four minute double minor for spearing.  And the Crunch took advantage, taking a 3-1 lead on a Vladimir Namestnikov goal.  Not long after that goal, a second fight broke out between Mark Fraser and J.P. Cote, and it literally made Fraser raise the roof.  Things finally settled down during the third, when only one penalty was called, and the Devils tried to mount a rally.  Paul Thompson would score his 13th to get the visitors back to within one, but no more.  Scott Wedgewood took the loss in net, stopping 28 of 31 Crunch shots.  Three Devils added assists.

Highlights:

Lines:

With Sislo up, it was an 11/7 lineup…or a D played at forward.  This is what I was able to catch:

Joe Whitney-Graham Black-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Rod Pelley-Stefan Matteau

Darcy Zajac-Ben Thomson-Alexandre Carrier

David Wohlberg-Ben Johnson-

Pelley-Zajac-Matteau

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Chris McKelvie, Scott Timmins, Cam Janssen

Defense:

Mark Fraser/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Dan Kelly/Joe Faust

Eric Baier-7th D/12th forward

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Mike Keenan

Pop Quiz: Who was the first Devil goaltender to win a game in Wilkes-Barre?  Stay tuned for the answer.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

Welcome to the AHL, Alexandre Carrier.  Here, survive a bout with PL3 for your first official fight:

Bonus: Carrier’s encore in Syracuse, with a kiss from Matt Corrente.

My Player of the Week:

Finally nice to see Reid Boucher getting his scoring touch back, with goals in back to back games this week.  Sadly it may not be enough for him to get a more than one game recall to New Jersey…

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (13)

Assists: 2 tied with 13

Points: Joe Whitney (23)

+/-: Paul Thompson (+11)

Penalty Minutes: Darcy Zajac (57)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (4)

GAA: Scott Clemmensen (2.28)

Save Percentage: Scott Clemmensen (.916)

ECHL Update:

Myles Bell (Evansville): 20 GP, 8 G, 6 A, 14 pts., 7 PIM

Maxime Clermont (Orlando): 9 GP, 5-3-0, 3.76 GAA, .873 Save Pct.

Injury Update:

Raman Hrabarenka remains out indefinitely.  Chris McKelvie, Kelly Zajac, and Cam Janssen were back practicing this week, so it may not be long before their returns.  No update on Scott Timmins.

This Week’s Schedule:

After enjoying a few days off for Christmas, it’s back to work with two huge divisional games this weekend.  Friday night Albany returns to the War Memorial in Syracuse for a second crack at breaking the Crunch winning streak.  Then it’s back on Times Union Center ice Saturday afternoon for just the second matchup of the season against Springfield.

Pop Quiz Answer: The first Devil goaltender to win a game in Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre?  It was Jeff Frazee, who stopped 25 of 26 shots in a 2-1 Devil win on December 19, 2011.  Side note: both goals came from former Devil/current Falcon Mike Hoeffel.

Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas!  Or Hanukkah, or Festivus, or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate.

(Note: Photo Gallery is taking a week off, will return next Sunday.)

 

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Week 11 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the week with a record of 12-9-1-4, good for 29 points and 4th place in the Northeast Division (and 8th in the Eastern Conference).

-After appearing in Monday night’s shootout loss to the Islanders and coming close to getting his first NHL goal, Tim Sestito was reassigned to Albany on Tuesday with the return of Patrik Elias to the lineup for Wednesday’s home game against Ottawa.

-Mark Fraser was officially signed to a 1 year 2 way contract by New Jersey and was placed on waivers.  He cleared on Friday and will stay on the Albany roster.

-Before leaving for Pennsylvania Thursday, a few more roster tweaks: Myles Bell was reassigned to Evansville after appearing in 2 games.  With Jacob Josefson possibly out for New Jersey’s two weekend home games, Sestito was once again recalled (there goes the E-Z Pass bill), and defenseman Adam Larsson was assigned to Albany on a conditioning stint (and we may be using that term loosely after his extended “conditioning” stint here last season).  Larsson has been out since December 2nd after falling victim to the NHL mumps epidemic.  In 17 games he has 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists).

12/19, Game #27 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Tied at 1.

Standings:

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: 16-9-1-2, 35 points, 1st place in East Division

Penguins Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Derrick Pouliot, 19 points (6 G, 13 A); Jean-Sebastien Dea, 17 points (8 G, 9 A); Jayson Megna, 13 points (9 G, 4 A)

Jeff Zatkoff, 9-5-1, 1.89 GAA; Matt Murray, 5-4-2, 1.99 GAA; Eric Hartzell, 2-0-0, 2.92 GAA

Notes:

-The Penguins are currently missing 6 regulars due to injuries and illness in Pittsburgh decimating the parent club.

-Wilkes-Barre is coming off a near perfect 3 for 3 weekend, with a shootout loss to Lehigh Valley the only blemish.

-Since the Devils move to Albany in 2010, the franchise has only won twice on Wilkes-Barre’s home ice, the last victory coming on November 8, 2013.

Listen: AHL Live, WILK 103.1 FM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @nafsnep, @WBSPenguins

12/20, Game #28 at Syracuse

Where: Onondaga County War Memorial at OnCenter, Syracuse, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Crunch leads 1-0.

Standings:

Syracuse: 17-7-3-0, 37 points, tied for 1st place in Northeast Division

Crunch Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Yanni Gourde, 24 points (12 G, 12 A); Jonathan Marchessault, 22 points (8 G, 14 A); Tanner Richard, 17 points (4 G, 13 A)

Kristers Gudlevskis, 9-4-0, 2.95 GAA

Notes:

-The Crunch are riding a 7 game winning streak heading into the pre-Christmas weekend, pulling into a tie with Springfield for the division lead.  After defeating Rochester on Wednesday night, they will travel to Hartford on Friday before hosting the Devils on Saturday.

-Syracuse recently lost starting goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy to callup after Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop got injured.  Former RPI goaltender Allen York has been summoned from the ECHL to back up Kristers Gudlevskis.

-Good news for local Time Warner subscribers: the game will be televised locally on TWCS, Channel 50 in the Albany area.

Listen: AHL Live, ESPN Radio Syracuse

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @SyracuseCrunch, @syrhockey, @Allovimo

 

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Week 10 Photo Gallery

Welcome back Reece Scarlett!

Welcome back Reece Scarlett!

David Wohlberg

David Wohlberg

Myles Bell

Myles Bell

Stefan Matteau

Stefan Matteau

Scott Wedgewood

Scott Wedgewood

 

Mark Fraser

Mark Fraser

As always, extended gallery on the Facebook page.

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Week 10 Recap: Breakthrough on the Boardwalk!

A quiet week saw the Devils earn 2 out of 4 points in two very close games.  But the Devils finally did something that an Albany team hasn’t done since 2012: win in overtime.

12/11 at Hartford: 3-2 L

The Devils started the week with a rare Thursday night game, traveling to the capital of Connecticut for the third time already this season to face the Wolfpack.  Scott Clemmensen, just back down from New Jersey, drew the start, his first game action since a shootout loss to Calgary on November 22nd.  Albany found themselves down early as Chris Bourque and Justin Vaive (on a power play) scored less than three minutes apart during the first for a 2-0 advantage.  Reid Boucher, just back from playing in New Jersey’s loss to Chicago on Tuesday, scored his fifth to cut the lead in half.  Bourque would strike again midway through the second, scoring his 2nd of the night on a power play to restore the 2 goal lead.  If you recall, the Devils faced a similar deficit the last time the two teams faced each other, back on November 26th in the Capital Region.  That night, Joe Whitney scored twice in the third to tie the game up and send it to overtime.  Well, that didn’t quite happen this time around.  Rod Pelley got the Devils to within one goal midway through the third with just his second goal of the season.  Albany pulled Clemmensen late, but got stuck with a two man disadvantage late in the period, and could not get the tying goal.  Clemmensen stopped 30 of 33 shots in his return, while three Devils each had assists.  The game also marked the AHL debut of Myles Bell, who skated on the third line and had just one shot on goal.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Tim Sestito-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Graham Black-Stefan Matteau

Myles Bell-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Ben Johnson-Darcy Zajac-David Wohlberg

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Chris McKelvie, Scott Timmins, Cam Janssen, Alexandre Carrier

Defense Pairings:

Brandon Burlon/Joe Faust

Mark Fraser/Eric Baier

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Extra: Dan Kelly, Reece Scarlett, Raman Hrabarenka

12/14 vs. Lehigh Valley: 4-3 W (OT)

The second and final trip to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall came on Sunday afternoon, as the Devils faced off against their former North Country rivals for the second time in 16 days.  Tim Sestito got the “home” team on the board (and I use the term loosely since I saw a lot of orange and black in the crowd) midway through the first with his fifth goal of the season.  And as the game progressed it looked like it was the only goal Scott Wedgewood was going to need, as through the first two periods he had stopped all 22 Phantom shots.  But Lehigh Valley rallied in the third, as Taylor Leier and Zack Stortini (yes, that Zack Stortini) scored 3:03 apart to put the Phantoms ahead 2-1.  Joe Whitney would answer with his 9th goal on a power play to re-tie the game at 2.  But 27 seconds later Andrew Gordon would give the Phantoms the lead right back.  But it was Whitney to the rescue again, as he would re-tie the game again with his 10th with just under 6 minutes to go in regulation.  It was on to the dreaded overtime, where I was ready to just say give Lehigh Valley the point now and be done with it.  But not on this day.  For the first time in almost 3 years, the Devils finally got an overtime winning goal, as Sestito’s second of the game just trickled past Phantoms goaltender Rob Zepp with 4:10 to go in OT for the win.  Despite a nerve wracking third, Wedgewood stopped 29 of 32 shots and picked up win #4 of the season.  Paul Thompson and Reid Boucher each had 2 assists, while two others had one assist each.  The game marked the returns of both Dan Kelly and Reece Scarlett to the lineup, and the AHL debut of Alexandre Carrier, who skated on the fourth line and finished a -1.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Tim Sestito-Paul Thompson

Stefan Matteau-Graham Black-Reid Boucher

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Myles Bell

David Wohlberg-Darcy Zajac-Alexandre Carrier

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Chris McKelvie, Scott Timmins, Ben Johnson, Cam Janssen

Defense Pairings:

Corbin McPherson/Brandon Burlon

Dan Kelly/Reece Scarlett

Mark Fraser/Joe Faust

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Eric Baier, Mike Keenan

Monday: A swap of forwards between Albany and New Jersey, as Sestito was rewarded for his two goal game with his first recall of the season and Mike Sislo was sent down to make room for Travis Zajac’s return from the mumps.  Sislo appeared in 6 games since being recalled on December 4th, with no points.

Pop Quiz: Who was the winning goaltender the last time the Devils won a game in OT?  Stick around till the end for the answer.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

Ben Thomson making his second appearance in this spot:

My Player of the Week:

Splitting it between the heroes of Sunday’s win on the Boardwalk, Joe Whitney and Tim Sestito, and an honorable mention to both Reid Boucher and Mark Fraser for getting on the scoresheet in both games this week.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (11)

Assists: Scott Timmins (13)

Points: Joe Whitney (22)

+/-: Paul Thompson (+10)

Penalty Minutes: Darcy Zajac (53)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (4)

GAA: Scott Clemmensen (2.33)

Save Percentage: Scott Clemmensen (.918)

ECHL Update:

Maxime Clermont (Orlando): 9 GP, 5-3-0, 3.76 GAA, .873 Save Percentage

Injury Update:

No new updates on when the following may return: Kelly Zajac, Chris McKelvie, Scott Timmins, Cam Janssen, or Raman Hrabarenka.  After missing nearly two weeks Dan Kelly and Reece Scarlett are finally back on ice.

This Week’s Schedule:

Two weekend games, all on the road, await before the Christmas break.  Friday night the Devils head to Wilkes-Barre to take on the Penguins, then head north on Interstate 81 on Saturday night for their first visit to Syracuse of the season to face the Crunch.

Pop Quiz Answer: Before Sunday, the last Devils goaltender to get the win in overtime?  It was Jeff Frazee, who stopped 28 of 32 Norfolk shots in a 5-4 win on January 6, 2012, in Virginia.

 

 

 

 

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Week 10 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the week with a record of 11-8-1-4 and 27 points.  They are in a 3 way tie in the Northeast Division with Hartford and Bridgeport, and 4 points behind second place Syracuse.

-A few roster changes heading into the week.  Yes there will be a pop quiz on this later.

On Tuesday, another goaltending flip, as Keith Kinkaid was recalled and Scott Clemmensen was sent down.  Kinkaid finally received his first NHL start on Tuesday night in Newark against Chicago, and played well, stopping 37 shots.  But it was an all too familiar result: a 3-2 shootout loss.

Also on Tuesday, Reid Boucher was recalled for the second time after Patrik Elias was placed on IR.  He played on the second line Tuesday night with Adam Henrique and Michael Ryder.  He was returned to Albany on Wednesday with Mike Cammalleri and Dainius Zubrus presumably ready to return to the lineup Thursday night as the parent Devils start a road swing in Philadelphia.

With Scott Timmins and Cam Janssen out injured, Myles Bell and Alexandre Carrier have been recalled from their respective ECHL teams.

And if you were hoping for a glimpse of Damien Brunner in an A-Devil uniform, well, you’ll be disappointed.  Earlier today New Jersey placed him on unconditional waivers.

12/11, Game #25 at Hartford

Where: XL Center, Hartford, CT.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Tied at 2.

Standings:

Hartford: 12-9-2-1, 27 points, tied for 3rd place in Northeast Division

Wolfpack Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Chris Bourque, 22 points (9 G, 13 A); Danny Kristo, 16 points (8 G, 8 A); Oscar Lindberg, 15 points (8 G, 7 A)

Cedrick Desjardins, 5-3-1-1, 2.76 GAA; Mackenzie Skapski, 6-4-1-1, 2.51 GAA

Notes:

-Much like the Devils, Hartford is also coming off a 1-2 3 in 3 weekend, with its only win coming Sunday afternoon on home ice against Binghamton.

-The Wolfpack came very close to stopping Springfield’s 10 game winning streak on Saturday, but ended up becoming victim #11 and losing 1-0 in a shootout.

-Leading scorer Chris Bourque starts the week in the top 20 in the AHL in points, in a tie with 7 other players.

Listen: AHL Live, Fox Sports 1410 Hartford

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @WolfPackAHL

12/14, Game #26 vs. Lehigh Valley

Where: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ.

When: 3:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 1-0.

Standings:

Lehigh Valley: 10-9-2-1, 23 points, 4th place in East Division

Phantoms Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Brandon Manning, 17 points (6 G, 11 A); Nick Cousins, 13 points (4 G, 9 A); 2 tied with 12 points

Rob Zepp, 7-4-3, 2.57 GAA; Anthony Stolarz, 3-5-0-1, 2.84 GAA

Notes:

-The Phantoms are also coming off a 1-2 3 in 3 weekend, losing to the Penguins in Wilkes-Barre and splitting a home and home with Bridgeport.

-Lehigh Valley begins a second straight 3 in 3 weekend in Binghamton on Friday, then return to home ice on Saturday against the Penguins.

-This is the last trip to Boardwalk Hall for the Devils for the season.  There is one more home game in New Jersey, in January at The Rock.

Listen: AHL Live, Sports Radio 1470 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @LVPhantoms

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Week 9 Recap: A Long Weekend

The second 3 in 3 weekend of the season for Albany started off well, but home ice was not very kind to them.  And when you only score three goals over 3 games, it doesn’t help much either.  The result was 2 points out of 6 and not much ground gained in the division.

12/5 at Providence: 2-1 W

To start the weekend, it was due east for the Devils only visit to Rhode Island this season to take on the Bruins.  After a relatively quiet first period that saw a combined 27 shots on goal (Albany had 14 of them), the hosts got on the board early in the second on a Jordan Caron power play goal.  Darcy Zajac would tie the game up midway through the period with his third goal.  Scott Timmins would give the Devils the lead late with a power play goal, his 6th.  Just as that goal went in, Keith Kinkaid suddenly exited the game due to an equipment issue in favor of Scott Wedgewood, who finished the period with one save on one shot.  But Kinkaid would rejoin the game at the start of the third period, and showed no ill effects in stopping all 8 Bruin shots.  The Devils staved off a 6 on 4 late in the period to salvage their third straight win.  Kinkaid finished with 28 saves in picking up his 7th win.  Joe Whitney and both PTOs, Eric Baier and Mike Keenan (in his first appearance), each had assists.

Highlights via AHL Live are here.

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Paul Thompson-Scott Timmins

Graham Black-Tim Sestito-Reid Boucher

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Stefan Matteau

Darcy Zajac-David Wohlberg-Cam Janssen

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Chris McKelvie, Ben Johnson

Defense Pairings:

Mark Fraser/Eric Baier

Brandon Burlon/Joe Faust

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Extra: Peter Harrold, Dan Kelly, Reece Scarlett, Raman Hrabarenka

12/6 vs. Portland: 6-1 L

It was back to home ice on Saturday afternoon as the Devils faced off against former Lowell/A-Devil Mike McKenna and the Pirates.  Tyler Gaudet would get the visitors on the board first late in the first period.  But on an early power play in the second, Reid Boucher would tie the game up with his 4th.  After that…it was all Portland, much like the November 22nd disaster in Binghamton.  Eric Selleck and Evan Oberg would score 1:28 apart midway through the second for a 3-1 advantage.  Third period was more of the same, as Corey Trivino, Darian Dziurzynski, and David Schlemko would all score in a 3:39 span to make it a rout.  And the Devils simply could not come up with an answer on either side of the puck, and their 5 game point streak came to a screeching halt.  Scott Wedgewood drew the start and stopped 21 of 27 shots, but did manage to pick up an assist on Boucher’s goal.  And the boxscore, much like two weeks ago, was not pretty, as Mark Fraser, Joe Faust, and Joe Whitney all finished a -3.

Highlights: (again, watch at your own risk)

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Graham Black-Tim Sestito

Stefan Matteau-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

David Wohlberg-Darcy Zajac-Cam Janssen

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Chris McKelvie, Ben Johnson

Defense Pairings:

Mark Fraser/Eric Baier

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Brandon Burlon/Joe Faust

Extra: Peter Harrold, Dan Kelly, Reece Scarlett, Raman Hrabarenka

Sunday: After not reporting at all after being sent down on Thursday, Peter Harrold was recalled to New Jersey.  And the recently waived Damien Brunner was sent down.  Even though New Jersey is working on a trade for him, he will report to Albany for the time being.  He last appeared on Thursday night in Toronto, getting an assist in the Devils win over the Maple Leafs.  In 17 games he notched 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists).

12/7 vs. Adirondack: 1-0 L

To finish off the weekend, the Flames came in for their only visit of the season.  And after the events of this one, it’s probably fortunate.  After a very physical first part of the period (more on that later), Max Reinhart would get one in the corner of the net with 3 minutes remaining in the first for a 1-0 lead.  Mark Fraser thought he tied the game on a nice shot from the point, but referee Ryan Murphy called it off due to a high stick that only he saw.  Sadly, that was the closest the Devils would get to any kind of offense on the day, as Joni Ortio stopped all 28 shots in picking up the shutout, the third time this season Albany has been whitewashed.  Keith Kinkaid played brilliantly but got stuck with the loss, stopping 24 of 25 shots.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Graham Black-Stefan Matteau

Tim Sestito-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Ben Johnson-Darcy Zajac-Cam Janssen

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Chris McKelvie, David Wohlberg, Damien Brunner

Defense Pairings:

Mark Fraser/Eric Baier

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Brandon Burlon/Joe Faust

Extra: Dan Kelly, Reece Scarlett, Raman Hrabarenka

Pop Quiz: This year’s Devils have already seen 31 different players suit up for at least one game.  What Albany AHL season saw the most players make at least one appearance?  The answer coming up.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

So Cam and Trevor Gillies line up next to each other during the first period Sunday.  And an instant classic ensues.

My Player of the Week:

For stopping 52 of 54 shots and keeping the Devils in it in both starts (even when he sat out 3 minutes for equipment issues), Keith Kinkaid is a slam dunk choice.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (11)

Assists: Scott Timmins (13)

Points: Joe Whitney (20)

+/-: Paul Thompson (+10)

Penalty Minutes: Darcy Zajac (51)

Wins: Keith Kinkaid (7)

GAA: Keith Kinkaid (2.19)

Save Percentage: Keith Kinkaid (.923)

ECHL Update:

Myles Bell (Evansville): 18 GP, 8 G, 6 A, 14 Pts, 7 PIM

Alexandre Carrier (Orlando): 5 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 Pts, 2 PIM

Maxime Clermont (Orlando): 9 GP, 5-3-0, 3.76 GAA, .873 Save Pct.

Injury Update:

No timetables for Kelly Zajac, Chris McKelvie, Reece Scarlett, or Dan Kelly.  Raman Hrabarenka is out indefinitely.

This Week’s Schedule:

A very odd schedule this week.  It starts on Thursday night, as Albany makes their third visit of the season to Hartford to take on the Wolfpack.  Then after having both Friday and Saturday off, it’s one more visit to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Sunday afternoon to face the Phantoms.

Pop Quiz Answer: During the second season of Carolina’s affiliation with Albany, in 2007-08, a total of 62 players saw at least one game in a River Rat uniform.  At one point, seven players were sent in from Elmira for a game in Bridgeport, after a good portion of the River Rat roster was suddenly struck by food poisoning (or as they were calling it, “the flu”) after a road trip…in Lowell.  Oh the irony.  (Side note: the smallest number was in 2000-01, when only 28 players suited up for at least one game for the River Rats.)

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Week 9 Photo Gallery

Scott Wedgewood

Scott Wedgewood

Stefan Matteau

Stefan Matteau

Keith Kinkaid

Keith Kinkaid

Mark Fraser

Mark Fraser

So...what do you think these two were discussing?

So…what do you think these two were discussing?

Darcy Zajac

Darcy Zajac

Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson

More, including a lot of fight photos, over on the Facebook page.

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