Monthly Archives: December 2011

Game #34: Albany at Adirondack

Location: Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY. Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series:

Tied at 1.

Standings:

Albany, 14-13-4-2, 34 points, tied for 2nd in Northeast Division; Adirondack, 16-13-1-1, 34 points, tied for 2nd in Northeast Division

Leading Scorers:

Albany: Steve Zalewski, 21 points (9 G, 12 A); Joe Whitney, 19 points (7 G, 12 A); Matt Anderson, 18 points (5 G, 13 A)

Adirondack: Denis Hamel, 23 points (11 G, 12 A); Jason Akeson, 22 points (8 G, 14 A); Ben Holmstrom, 18 points (9 G, 9 A)

Goaltending:

Albany: Keith Kinkaid, 8-9-0, 3.16 GAA; Jeff Frazee, 5-8-2, 2.59 GAA; Timo Pielmeier, 0-0-0, 6.74 GAA

Adirondack: Michael Leighton, 11-11-0, 2.44 GAA; Jason Bacashihua, 5-3-1, 3.07 GAA

Miscellaneous:

Time Warner Cable Cup Game #3; Denis Hamel’s 1000th professional game.

Following Along?

Radio: AHL Live (Albany); WNYQ 101.7 FM (Adirondack)

Twitter: myself, @AlbanyDevils (Albany); @PhantomsHockey, @PSPhantoms (Adirondack)

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Game #33: Albany vs. Manchester

Location: Times Union Center, Albany, NY. Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series:

First meeting. Future matchup: February 25th @ Manchester

Standings:

Manchester, 19-12-0-2, 40 points, 2nd place in Atlantic Division; Albany, 14-13-3-2, 33 points, 2nd place in Northeast Division

Leading Scorers:

Manchester: Marc-Andre Cliche, 18 points (9 G, 9 A); Dwight King, 18 points (5 G, 13 A); Brandon Kozun, 17 points (8 G, 9 A)

Albany: 3 tied with 18 points each

Goaltending:

Manchester: Jeff Zatkoff, 9-4-1, 2.11 GAA; Martin Jones, 10-8-1, 2.45 GAA

Albany: Jeff Frazee, 5-8-2, 2.59 GAA; Keith Kinkaid, 8-8-0, 3.05 GAA; Timo Pielmeier, 0-0-0, 6.74 GAA

Miscellaneous:

$10 tickets for all seats; Team Poster Night (first 4000); Pregame Blood Drive in Exhibition Hall (inside the arena)

Following Along?

Radio: AHL Live (Albany); WGIR AM 610 (Manchester)

Twitter: myself, @AlbanyDevils, @Bill_Cain_ (Albany); @MonarchsHockey (Manchester)

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Game #32: Albany at Connecticut

Location: XL Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Hartford, CT. Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series:

Tied at 1.

Standings:

Albany, 14-12-3-2, 33 points, 2nd place in Northeast Division; Connecticut, 17-9-1-3, 38 points, 1st place in Northeast Division

Leading Scorers:

Albany: Joe Whitney, 18 points (7 G, 11 A); Steve Zalewski, 17 points (8 G, 9 A); Matt Anderson, 17 points (5 G, 12 A)

Connecticut: Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, 26 points (10 G, 16 A); Kris Newbury, 23 points (9 G, 14 A); Mats Zuccarello, 22 points (8 G, 14 A)

Goaltending:

Albany: Jeff Frazee, 5-8-2, 2.59 GAA; Keith Kinkaid, 8-7-0, 3.06 GAA; Timo Pielmeier, 0-0-0, 6.74 GAA

Connecticut: Chad Johnson, 10-5-3, 2.43 GAA; Cameron Talbot, 7-5-0, 2.89 GAA

Following Along?

Radio: AHL Live (Albany); 106.9 WCCC (Connecticut)

Twitter: @AlbanyDevils (Albany); @CTWhale (Connecticut)

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Game #31: Albany at Binghamton

Location: Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY. Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series:

Tied at 2.

Standings:

Albany, 14-11-3-2, 33 points, 2nd place in Northeast Division; Binghamton, 11-19-1-1, 24 points, 5th place in East Division

Leading Scorers:

Albany: Steve Zalewski, 17 points (8 G, 9 A); Matt Anderson, 17 points (5 G, 12 A); Joe Whitney, 15 points (6 G, 9 A)

Binghamton: Mark Parrish, 17 points (10 G, 7 A); Pat Cannone, 17 points (7 G, 10 A); Mike Hoffman, 17 points (7 G, 10 A)

Goaltending:

Albany: Jeff Frazee, 5-8-2, 2.59 GAA; Keith Kinkaid, 8-6-0, 2.79 GAA; Timo Pielmeier, 0-0-0, 0.00 GAA

Binghamton: Mike McKenna, 5-9-0, 2.80 GAA; Robin Lehner, 6-11-1, 2.93 GAA

Following Along?

Radio: AHL Live (Albany); 107.5 WBBI (Binghamton)

Twitter: myself, @AlbanyDevils (Albany); @PSBJoyOnTheSens, @BSens_Hockey (Binghamton)

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Quick Notes…

Now that Christmas is over, time to get back to work. Before I head out west to Binghamton, a note or two:

-Just announced about, oh, 15 minutes ago: Goaltender Keith Kinkaid is your AHL Player of the Week for Christmas week. He may only have appeared in one game, but it was a good one…stopping all 36 shots in a 3-0 shutout of the Senators on Wednesday night. He may just have the chance to repeat that effort in the rematch tonight in the Southern Tier.

-I’ll note any roster updates (if anyone returns, etc.) as warmups start tonight. Pregame out around the 4:00 hour.

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Holiday High Note

I must say it was not a bad week here for the Devils. Two games against former East Division rivals produced two very good wins, one against a team they have never defeated before. Let’s recap the week:

12/19 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: 2-1 W

The week began with a rare Monday night tilt against the Penguins in northeast Pennsylvania, a team the Devils had yet to beat since the franchise started out in Lowell 6 years ago. I wasn’t around to listen to this one due to family reasons…but our friends at Chirps From Center Ice were. You can find the postgame recap here. To quick summarize it: Mike Hoeffel scored his first 2 goals of the season and Jeff Frazee turned aside 25 shots despite being banged up. It was the first win for a Devils affiliate against the Penguins since the River Rats days, going back to late in the 2004-05 season (that nugget of info per The Citizens Voice).

12/21 vs. Binghamton: 3-0 W

To round out the week, the Devils hosted the front end of a home and home against the defending Calder Cup champs. The story here had to be Keith Kinkaid, who after not getting in the lineup for a couple of games came out and was outstanding in net, stopping everything the B-Sens shot at him. Other than a one punch fight between the Sens’ Mark Borowiecki and the Devils’ Mike Banwell, and a late battle between former River Rat Tim Conboy and Stephane Veilleux, not much action during the first period. The Devils took the game over during the second, scoring twice (goals by Joe Sova and Vladimir Zharkov) on former teammate Mike McKenna. Kinkaid shut the B-Sens down after that, earning his second shutout of the season and stopping 36 shots. Nick Palmieri added an empty netter late in the 3rd period to seal the win. Combined with a regulation loss by Adirondack in Connecticut, the Devils leap frogged over their Northway rivals into second place in the Northeast Division, just five points behind the Whale for the top spot.

Notes:

-The only roster move this week was newly acquired goaltender Timo Pielmeier being summoned from Elmira to back up Keith Kinkaid on Wednesday. As mentioned earlier, Jeff Frazee was injured Monday night when a Penguin player crashed his net. He did manage to finish the game and earn the win.

-Injury updates: Matt Corrente returned to the lineup Wednesday after sitting out about a month. Jay Leach is back out after re-aggravating a lower body injury. The splint is off of Dan Kelly’s broken nose, but he then came down with strep throat, no timetable for his return. Nathan Perkovich is now out, joining Steve Bernier and his broken thumb on the sidelines.

-Myles Stoesz finished his 4 game suspension and was eligible to play Wednesday, but was a healthy scratch. His eye is still healing, as I got to see it kind of up close Sunday at the annual season ticket holder holiday skate.

Looking Ahead:

After 3 days off to enjoy Christmas with their families, the boys are right back to work on Monday to start a 4 game week. Monday night is a rematch with the Senators, this time in the Southern Tier. Tuesday night it’s off to Hartford to take on the first place Whale. Friday night comes the one home game of the week, they host Manchester. Finally to end the calendar year it’s off to Glens Falls for a Time Warner Cable Cup matchup with the Phantoms.

Finally…Merry Christmas everyone! For a gift I present the greatest Christmas hockey video EVER…enjoy!

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Game #30: Albany vs. Binghamton

Location: Times Union Center, Albany, NY. Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series:

Binghamton leads 2-1.

Standings:

Binghamton, 11-18-1-1, 24 points, 5th place in East Division; Albany, 13-11-3-2, 31 points, 3rd place in Northeast Division

Leading Scorers:

Binghamton: Mark Parrish, 17 points (10 G, 7 A); Patrick Cannone, 17 points (7 G, 10 A); Mike Hoffman, 16 points (7 G, 9 A)

Albany: Steve Zalewski, 17 points (8 G, 9 A); Matt Anderson, 16 points (5 G, 11 A); Joe Whitney, 14 points (6 G, 8 A)

Goaltending:

Binghamton: Mike McKenna, 5-8-0, 2.86 GAA; Robin Lehner, 6-11-1, 2.93 GAA

Albany: Jeff Frazee, 5-8-2, 2.59 GAA; Keith Kinkaid, 7-6-0, 3.00 GAA

Following Along?

Radio: AHL Live (Albany); 107.5 WBBI (Binghamton)

Twitter: myself, @AlbanyDevils, @Bill_Cain_ (Albany); @PSBJoyOnTheSens, @BSens_Hockey (Binghamton)

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