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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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Week 9 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the December slate with a record of 10-6-1-4, good for 25 points.  They are in a 3 way tie for second in the Northeast Division with Syracuse and Bridgeport (and stand 5th in the Eastern Conference).

-Before Thursday’s game in Toronto, New Jersey recalled Mike Sislo for the second time this season, after injuries and illness knocked Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr out of the lineup.  He played in New Jersey’s 5-3 win, skating on a line with Tuomo Ruutu and Jacob Josefson.

-The depleted defense received some much needed help, getting Peter Harrold back from New Jersey and signing Mike Keenan to a PTO.  Harrold appeared in 4 games since being recalled on November 17th, scoring once.  Keenan arrives from Orlando of the ECHL, where in 21 games he registered 6 assists and was a +1.  He does have AHL experience, having played parts of the last two seasons with Bridgeport.

12/5, Game #22 at Providence

Where: Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, RI.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: First meeting of 2.  Future matchup: December 30th at Albany

Standings:

Providence: 9-10-2-0, 20 points, tied for 4th place in Atlantic Division

Bruins Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Alexander Khokhlachev, 18 points (5 G, 13 A); 2 tied with 13 points

Jeremy Smith, 5-5-1, 2.07 GAA; Malcolm Subban, 4-4-1, 2.84 GAA

Notes:

-The Bruins are in the midst of a 5 game winless streak, going 0-4-1-0 since a victory over Hartford on November 21st at home.  They are coming off a 1 point 3 in 3 weekend, losing in overtime to Portland and dropping road contests to Worcester and Bridgeport.

-Local ties: Former River Rats captain Kevin Dean, a member of the 1995 Calder Cup Champions, is entering his fifth season as an assistant coach.  Before that, he spent all four years as an assistant in Lowell under Kurt Kleinendorst and John MacLean.

Listen: AHL Live

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @AHLBruins

12/6, Game #23 vs. Portland

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 5:00 PM.

Season Series: Portland leads 2-1.

Standings:

Portland: 12-9-0-0, 24 points, 2nd place in Atlantic Division

Pirates Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Alexandre Bolduc, 18 points (8 G, 10 A); Brendan Shinnimin, 14 points (4 G, 10 A); Jordan Martinook, 13 points (4 G, 9 A)

Mike McKenna, 7-7-0, 2.08 GAA; Louis Domingue, 5-2-0, 2.29 GAA

Notes:

-The Pirates have won their last four in a row, including a sweep of Norfolk in Virginia and a rescheduled win over Worcester on Tuesday after last week’s snowstorm postponed the original date.

-Portland comes into Albany in the midst of their own 3 in 3 weekend, hosting Manchester on Friday and finishing the weekend in Providence on Sunday afternoon.

-If you plan on attending, it’s the annual Teddy Bear Toss.  Instead of waiting for the first goal to be scored like most teams, it will all happen during intermission.

Listen: AHL Live, WLOB-AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @PortlandPirates

12/7, Game #24 vs. Adirondack

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 3:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 1-0.

Standings:

Adirondack: 12-9-1-0, 25 points, 2nd place in North Division

Flames Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Ben Hanowski, 13 points (10 G, 3 A); 2 tied with 12 points

Brad Thiessen, 3-4-0, 2.63 GAA; Joni Ortio, 9-5-1, 3.23 GAA

Notes:

-The Flames start the week with a 3 game losing streak, including a loss at home against Hamilton on Tuesday, after a 9 game winning streak during the month of November.  They host Texas on Friday and go southwest to Binghamton on Saturday before heading to the Capital Region on Sunday.

-Schedule quirk #1: This is the only visit to Albany this season for Adirondack.

-Schedule quirk #2: This is the last home game in Albany for the Devils until after Christmas.  Siena men’s college basketball and Disney On Ice take over the Times Union Center for most of the month.

Listen: AHL Live, WCQL 95.9 FM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @AHLFlames, @dianacnearhos

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Week 8 Photo Gallery

Keith Kinkaid

Keith Kinkaid

David Wohlberg

David Wohlberg

Cam's back...almost.

Cam’s back…almost.

Scott Wedgewood

Scott Wedgewood

Raman Hrabarenka

Raman Hrabarenka

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