Week 19 Recap: Getting Frigid

The February flop continues.  3 games, 3 days, 3 straight losses.  But at least players are getting healthy…and someone other than Mike Sislo can score a goal.  Baby steps!

Friday: Albany is back down to two goaltenders on the roster as Maxime Clermont was reassigned to Orlando.  He did very well since his recall on Christmas Eve, going 4-0 with a 1.94 GAA and a .921 save percentage.  He is also the only goalie to win a shootout this season.

2/13 vs. Hershey: 1-0 L

After a 7 day layoff, it was back to work to start a 3 in 3 weekend, hosting the Bears on home ice.  The game marked the return of four players from injury: Raman Hrabarenka (out since late November), Graham Black (out since early January), Kelly Zajac, and Rod Pelley.  And Tim Sestito was back skating after a scary moment last Friday in Springfield.  It was a relatively uneventful first period…Albany outshot Hershey 12-8 and managed to kill off a 5 on 3 Bears power play chance.  Albany had a golden opportunity to get on the board early in the second thanks to a full 5 on 3 power play early in the second.  But the special teams continued their recent struggle, not getting anything past Bears goaltender Philipp Grubauer.  Stanislav Galiev finally broke the scoreless tie 13 minutes into the second period for a 1-0 Bears lead.  Albany tried to get the equalizer, but simply could not get anything past Grubauer, and were shut out for the 5th time this season.  Scott Wedgewood was feeling like Cory Schneider in net, playing very well but getting stuck with the loss, stopping 26 of 27 shots.  The Devils also amassed a season low 4 penalty minutes, all in the first period.

Highlights:

Lines:

Reid Boucher-Kelly Zajac-Stefan Matteau

Joe Whitney-Tim Sestito-Mike Sislo

David Wohlberg-Graham Black-Ben Thomson

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Darcy Zajac

Extra: Paul Thompson (personal), Scott Timmins, Cam Janssen, Ben Johnson, Alexandre Carrier

Defense:

Seth Helgeson/Reece Scarlett

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Joe Faust, Mike Keenan

2/14 at Hartford: 5-2 L

It was off to Connecticut’s state capital for the first time since December as Albany kicked off a Valentine’s home and home weekend series with the Wolfpack.  Mike Sislo finally broke a cold spell for the special teams play, scoring on a power play in the first to get the Devils on the board.  With Joe Whitney serving a cross check call (one of 5 Devil penalties called in the first alone), Rod Pelley became the first Devil other than Sislo to score a goal in February, getting one shorthanded for a 2-0 lead.  But all those calls would catch up to Albany, as the Wolfpack got on the board late in the first with a Chris Mueller power play tally.  Hartford would tie the game up midway through the second on a Danny Kristo goal.  The game stayed tied and very tight…until 5 minutes left in the third period, when everything for the visitors would just fall apart.  During a full 4 on 4, Tyler Brown and Mueller would score 18 seconds apart to give the Wolfpack their first lead of the night.  Kristo would add an empty netter with 1:15 remaining for the exclamation point, giving Albany their fourth straight loss.  Up until that last 5 minutes, Scott Clemmensen played great in net, but would get tagged with the loss in stopping 26 of 30 shots.  Darcy Zajac had the lone helper.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Tim Sestito-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Kelly Zajac-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-Graham Black-Ben Thomson

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Darcy Zajac

Extra: Scott Timmins, Cam Janssen, Ben Johnson, David Wohlberg, Alexandre Carrier

Defense:

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Seth Helgeson/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Joe Faust, Mike Keenan

2/15 vs. Hartford: 4-3 L

Roughly 17 hours after the final horn in Hartford, the two teams resumed the home and home series, this time in the Capital Region.  Hartford got on the board twice in a 13 second span in the first, as Danny Kristo and Conor Allen each scored on Scott Wedgewood for a 2-0 lead.  Mike Sislo would continue his hot February with his 13th goal less than 3 minutes later to cut the lead in half.  But Ryan Bourque would restore the two goal lead just over a minute after that.  Paul Thompson would score his 23rd (and first goal since January 24th) to make it a 3-2 game.  Albany thought they tied the game early in the third, but after a video review it was believed the shot off Seth Helgeson’s stick hit the iron.  But Sislo would come through again, tying the game up with his second of the day.  Just as it looked like this game could go into overtime…not to be.  Chris Mueller would score the game winner with 3:47 remaining in regulation, giving Hartford the weekend sweep and extending Albany’s losing streak to 5 games.  Wedgewood stopped 19 of 23 shots in taking the loss.  Joe Whitney added two assists, while Kelly Zajac and David Wohlberg each had a helper.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Kelly Zajac-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-Tim Sestito-Paul Thompson

David Wohlberg-Rod Pelley-Chris McKelvie

Ben Johnson-Darcy Zajac-Ben Thomson

Extra: Scott Timmins, Cam Janssen, Graham Black, Reid Boucher, Alexandre Carrier

Defense:

Seth Helgeson/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Extra: Joe Faust, Mike Keenan

Pop Quiz: What is the Albany AHL record for most times shut out in a season?  Stay tuned for the answer.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

One fight, but no video proof.  Stay tuned…

My Player of the Week:

Apparently again Mike Sislo seems to be the only goal scorer this month, adding three more to his season total and moving up the franchise career list.  He is now tied with Tim Sestito for second with 59, but it may take awhile to catch Joe Whitney, with 80 and counting.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (23)

Assists: Joe Whitney (23)

Points: Joe Whitney (40)

+/-: Paul Thompson (+12)

Penalty Minutes: Dan Kelly (89)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (7)

GAA: Scott Clemmensen (2.79)

Save Percentage: Scott Wedgewood (.900)

ECHL Update:

Myles Bell (Evansville): 33 GP, 9 G, 9 A, 18 Pts, -11, 25 PIM

Eric Baier (Orlando): 28 GP, 5 G, 8 A, 13 Pts, +8, 11 PIM

Maxime Clermont (Orlando): 10 GP, 5-4-0, 3.69 GAA, .874 Save Pct.

Injury Update: After the weekend, only two remain on the indefinitely list: Scott Timmins (lower) and Cam Janssen (upper).

This Week’s Schedule:

The month of February is not going to get any easier for this group, as they begin a 5 game road trip, starting with another 3 in 3 weekend.  Friday night they travel to Syracuse to take on the suddenly slumping Crunch.  Saturday night they make their one visit on the season to Utica to face the Comets.  Then a quick turnaround and back east to Springfield on Sunday afternoon to face the Falcons.

And I will be making my return to New Jersey for the Carolina game on Saturday!

Pop Quiz Answer: The record for most times shutout in a season?  It’s the 2003-04 River Rats, who were shut out 13 times.  The top 5 leading scorers that year, incase you’re wondering: Craig Darby (69 points), Steve Kariya (48), Joe Hulbig (45), Jiri Bicek (30) and Tuomas Pihlman (29).  Remember them?  The Lowell/Albany franchise record stands at 8, the 08-09 Lowell Devils and in 2012-13.  Fun fact: the 09-10, 98-99, and the Calder Cup winning 94-95 teams were only shut out once the entire regular season.

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Week 19 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the week with a 22-17-4-5 record and 53 points, standing in 4th place in the Northeast Division.  They currently sit just outside the playoff picture in 10th, but are only two points behind 7th place Worcester and 8th place Portland for the last Eastern Conference spot.

-It appears all but two players will be available for the weekend slate, which could be the first action for Graham Black and Raman Hrabarenka in quite some time.  Scott Timmins and Cam Janssen are both still out.

2/13, Game #49 vs. Hershey

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Hershey leads 2-0.

Standings:

Hershey: 27-13-5-2, 61 points, 1st place in East Division

Bears Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Tim Kennedy, 38 points (4 G, 34 A); Kris Newbury, 33 points (16 G, 17 A); 2 tied with 31 points

Philipp Grubauer, 17-9-4, 2.06 GAA; Pheonix Copley, 8-3-3, 2.18 GAA

Notes:

-The Bears begin the weekend winners of 8 out of their last 10, with just an OT loss to Lehigh Valley on Sunday and a shootout loss to Syracuse on January 31st their only blemishes.

-Hershey just reached a franchise milestone: rookie Connor Carrick scored the team’s 20,000th regular season goal in Allentown two weeks ago.  This is a mark only one other franchise has accomplished: the Montreal Canadiens, who reached the mark in March 2013.

Listen: AHL Live, The Ticket 1460 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheHersheyBears

2/14 & 2/15, Games #50 & 51 vs. Hartford

Where: XL Center, Hartford, CT (Saturday); Times Union Center, Albany, NY (Sunday).

When: 7:30 PM (Saturday); 3:00 PM (Sunday)

Season Series: Hartford leads 3-2.

Standings:

Hartford: 26-15-4-3, 59 points, 3rd place in Northeast Division

Wolfpack Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Chris Bourque, 42 points (19 G, 23 A); Oscar Lindberg, 32 points (13 G, 19 A); Danny Kristo, 28 points (13 G, 15 A)

Yann Danis, 9-9-2, 2.71 GAA; Jeff Malcolm, 1-0-0, 3.00 GAA

Notes:

-Hartford returns home after a two game trip north to St. John’s earlier this week, where they were swept by the IceCaps but managed one standings point from a shootout loss.

-The Wolfpack are looking to snap a 4 game winless streak after ending January on a strong note with a pair of victories over Bridgeport and Springfield at home.

-With Mackenzie Skapski getting recalled to New York to fill in as backup, the current starter?  Former Brodeur backup Yann Danis, who already spent time in Norfolk earlier in the season before coming to Connecticut.

Listen: AHL Live, Fox Sports 1410

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @WolfpackAHL

 

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Week 18 Photo Gallery

Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson

Mike Sislo

Mike Sislo

Darcy Zajac

Darcy Zajac

Mike Keenan

Mike Keenan

Scott Clemmensen

Scott Clemmensen

Reid Boucher

Reid Boucher

Extended gallery can as always be found on the Facebook page.

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Week 18 Recap: February Flop

Not the way you want to start a tough February schedule…two games, two three goal losses.  And only one goal scorer.

2/4 at Manchester: 4-1 L

The Devils kicked off February with their only…and last…trip to New Hampshire to take on the Monarchs.  And it was the home team who got off to a fast start.  Mike Richards, in his second game since being sent down by Los Angeles, would score just 1:16 into the contest for a 1-0 lead.  The Monarchs would add a late power play goal to double the lead.  Meanwhile, Albany could only manage 3 shots on goal during the first 20 minutes of play, while giving up 14 to the hosts.  Brian O’Neill would add a shorthanded goal midway through the second period to put the Devils in a 3-0 hole.  Mike Sislo would finally get Albany on the board late in the period with his 10th of the season, but that was the only offense on the evening.  Colin Miller would add a goal late in the third to seal the victory for the Monarchs.  Scott Wedgewood stopped 29 of 33 shots in picking up the loss.  The Devils could only manage 17 shots all night, with Sislo’s 3 leading the way.  Paul Thompson and Reece Scarlett were the only other Devils with points.

Highlights:

*Lines:

Joe Whitney-Tim Sestito-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Darcy Zajac-Mike Sislo

Chris McKelvie-Ben Johnson-Alexandre Carrier

Stefan Matteau-David Wohlberg-Ben Thomson

Extra: Rod Pelley, Kelly Zajac, Scott Timmins, Graham Black, Cam Janssen

Defense:

Seth Helgeson/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Dan Kelly

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Joe Faust

*I was not around to watch, the last two lines are at best a guess.

2/6 at Springfield: 4-1 L

The Devils finished the brief week with a trip east to Springfield to take on the slumping Falcons.  On just their third shot of the game, Springfield got one past Scott Clemmensen late in the first period to get the early lead.  Mike Sislo would tie it up just as the second period began, only to have Adam Cracknell break the tie just over two minutes later.  Things got very physical as the game progressed, culminating in a end of period fight behind Clemmensen’s net, putting the Devils on a 5 on 3 to begin the third period (Joe Whitney was already off for an earlier call).  The Falcons would take advantage and take a two goal lead as the third period got underway.  Springfield would add an empty netter with less than a minute remaining to seal the victory, their first since beating the Devils at home January 11th.  Clemmensen stopped 24 of 27 shots, and Brandon Burlon had the lone helper.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Tim Sestito-Mike Sislo

Reid Boucher-Darcy Zajac-Paul Thompson

Stefan Matteau-David Wohlberg-Ben Thomson

Chris McKelvie-Ben Johnson-Alexandre Carrier

Extra: Rod Pelley, Kelly Zajac, Scott Timmins, Graham Black, Cam Janssen

Defense:

Dan Kelly/Brandon Burlon

Seth Helgeson/Reece Scarlett

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Joe Faust

Pop Quiz: Wednesday marked the last visit to Manchester for the Devils, a city the team has not seen much success since the move from Lowell.  When was the Devils last victory at Verizon Wireless Arena?  The answer is coming up.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

As usual, video proof has yet to surface.  So stay tuned.

My Player of the Week:

Well…it was a fairly easy decision…with the only offense all week Mike Sislo is pretty much your default winner.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (22)

Assists: Joe Whitney (21)

Points: Joe Whitney/Paul Thompson (38)

+/-: Paul Thompson (+13)

Penalty Minutes: Dan Kelly (89)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (7)

GAA: Maxime Clermont (1.94)

Save Percentage: Maxime Clermont (.921)

ECHL Update:

Myles Bell (Evansville): 32 GP, 9 G, 9 A, 18 Pts, -11, 25 PIM

Eric Baier (Orlando): 25 GP, 5 G, 7 A, 12 Pts, +7, 11 PIM

Injury Update:

No timetables for returns for Kelly Zajac (upper), Scott Timmins (lower), Graham Black (wrist), Cam Janssen (shoulder), or Raman Hrabarenka (upper).  Rod Pelley (hand) missed the week, and you can possibly add Tim Sestito to the list after he left Friday’s game during the third, having to be helped off the ice.

This Week’s Schedule:

It’s a 3 in 3 weekend for Valentine’s Day!  Friday night the Devils return home to face Hershey.  Saturday begins a home and home with the Wolfpack, with Saturday night in Hartford and back in Albany Sunday afternoon.  Sunday marks the last home game for Albany until March 1st.  Also this week: the rescheduled from December STH skate on Wednesday, I’ll possibly have a few photos from that.

Pop Quiz Answer: The last Devil victory in Manchester?  You have to go back to February 25, 2012, a 3-1 win.  Jeff Frazee stopped 38 of 39 shots, while Steve Zalewski, Vladimir Zharkov, and Eric Gelinas all contributed goals.

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Week 18 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the month of February with a record of 22-15-4-5, good for 53 points and 4th place in the Northeast Division (7th in Eastern Conference).

2/4, Game #47 at Manchester

Where: Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, NH.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: First meeting of 2.  Future matchup: April 1st @ Albany

Standings:

Manchester: 27-10-4-2, 60 points, 1st place in Atlantic Division

Monarchs Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Brian O’Neill, 44 points (11 G. 33 A); Jordan Weal, 41 points (12 G, 29 A); Colin Miller, 29 points (10 G, 19 A)

Jean-Francois Berube, 20-4-3, 2.01 GAA; Patrik Bartosak, 7-6-3, 2.28 GAA

Notes:

-The Monarchs have three of the top 5 league leading scorers, including the recalled Nick Shore.

-Manchester has only played once since the All Star break, a 3-1 victory over Portland on Friday evening at home.

-The Monarchs gained the services of Mike Richards just after the All Star break.  He made his first AHL appearance since 2005 (as a member of the Philadelphia Phantoms) on Friday evening.

-This is the last time Albany will visit New Hampshire, as the Monarchs will be switching to the ECHL next season while the AHL affiliation moves to Ontario, CA.

Listen: AHL Live, manchestermonarchs.com

Twitter: @AlbanyDevils, @monarchshockey

2/6, Game #48 at Springfield

Where: Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 3-1.

Standings:

Springfield: 26-16-4-0, 56 points, 3rd place in Northeast Division

Falcons Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Austin Madaisky, 32 points (12 G, 20 A); Luke Adam, 31 points (12 G, 19 A); 2 players with 26 points

Oscar Dansk, 5-4-3, 3.74 GAA; Scott Munroe, 3-5-0, 2.76 GAA

Notes:

-Since defeating the Devils in Massachusetts on January 11th, the Falcons have struggled, going 0-6-1-0 and falling into 3rd place in the division.

-After being shut out by the Penguins on Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre, Springfield settles in for a 3 in 3 weekend, traveling to Syracuse and Providence after their lone home matchup.

Listen: AHL Live, WHYN 560 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheFalconsAHL, @KatyLovesHockey

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Week 17 Photo Gallery

Tim Sestito

Tim Sestito

Scott Clemmensen

Scott Clemmensen

Reid Boucher & Stefan Matteau

Reid Boucher & Stefan Matteau

Dan Kelly

Dan Kelly

Maxime Clermont

Maxime Clermont

Joe Whitney

Joe Whitney

Extended gallery as usual on the Facebook page.

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Week 17 Recap: Post Break Roller Coaster

On paper, it looks like a decent week for the Devils, as they went 2-1.  But how they got there?  A sweep, falling asleep, then pulling off something they haven’t done all season long.  It was one of those weeks where you got just a little bit of everything.

1/29 at Lehigh Valley: 4-1 W

It was back to work after the All Star break, as Albany hit the road to take on the Phantoms for the final time this season.  Things got started in a hurry for the visitors, as Joe Whitney scored his 17th of the season for a 1-0 advantage.  The Devils carried that momentum into the second as Mike Sislo and Ben Thomson scored just 1:22 apart for a 3-0 advantage.  The Phantoms would get on the board thanks to a Zack Stortini (?!?) 5 on 3 power play goal midway through the third, but it was too little, too late.  Brandon Burlon would get an empty netter late to seal the victory, and a 4 game series sweep of their former Adirondack neighbors.  Scott Wedgewood had a strong game, stopping 35 of 36 shots, picking up his 7th win and #1 star of the game honors.  Tim Sestito had two assists in his return to the Albany lineup, being reunited with Whitney and Paul Thompson on the top line.  Five other Devils had one assist each.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Tim Sestito-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Kelly Zajac-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-Darcy Zajac-Ben Thomson

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Alexandre Carrier

Extra: Scott Timmins, Graham Black, Cam Janssen, David Wohlberg, Ben Johnson

Defense:

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Dan Kelly/Joe Faust

Reece Scarlett/Mike Keenan

Extra: Seth Helgeson (susp), Raman Hrabarenka

1/30 vs. St. John’s: 4-1 L

It was back home for the beginning of a two game set against the team that ended the Devils Calder Cup hopes last season, St. John’s.  While the Devils were taking care of things in Allentown, the IceCaps got plenty of rest waiting for them to come home, and it showed.  On the first shot of the game on either side, Carl Klingberg would give the visitors a 1-0 lead.  Tim Sestito would tie it up on an unassisted goal midway through the first.  Chase Balisy would add a power play goal late in the period for a 2-1 advantage.  All that despite Albany outshooting the IceCaps 9-5.  Second period, shots were at a premium…seven combined on both sides.  But the IceCaps would go up 3-1 on a John Albert shorthanded goal, the 4th allowed by the Devils this season.  Keaton Ellerby would seal it with a goal late in the third, giving St. John’s the win and ending the Devils point streak at 7 games.  Scott Clemmensen only had to face 15 shots, but he could only stop 11 of them, while Sestito was the only Devil to get any point.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Tim Sestito-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Darcy Zajac-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-David Wohlberg-Ben Thomson

Ben Johnson-Rod Pelley-Chris McKelvie

Extra: Scott Timmins, Graham Black, Cam Janssen, Kelly Zajac, Alexandre Carrier

Defense:

Seth Helgeson/Reece Scarlett

Dan Kelly/Brandon Burlon

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Joe Faust

1/31 vs. St. John’s: 2-1 W (SO)

Less than 24 hours later, it was time for a rematch.  And much like Friday night, it was the IceCaps getting off to a good start.  John Albert would score on a power play late in the first period for a 1-0 advantage.  Second period, the Devils took over and bunkered down, only allowing St. John’s one shot the entire period.  And they also managed to tie the game up on a great Reid Boucher breakaway power play shot, his 12th of the season.  After a very uneventful third period, it was on to overtime, where Albany found themselves in a huge hole thanks to a questionable Tim Sestito slashing call, which turned into the ever popular Sestito penalty: extra two minutes and a 10 minute misconduct for arguing.  (Side note: it was almost surprising to see Sestito at all after a shot to the face in the third period.  But he’s a Sestito, he was back out there in 5 minutes.)  A 4 on 3 for a majority of overtime looked very daunting, but the Devils and goaltender Maxime Clermont were up to the challenge, killing off the entire 4 minutes.  It was almost a letdown to have to see the game go into a shootout after that, considering the 0-5 record Albany has in the bonus round.  But not on this day, as Clermont stopped all three St. John’s shooters and Reid Boucher scored in round 3 to pull out the victory, the first bonus round win of the season for the Devils.  Clermont was outstanding in net, stopping 23 of 24 in 67 minutes and 3 more stopped shootout attempts, improving his record to 4-0 and earning #1 star honors.  He even picked up an assist on Boucher’s goal.  Brandon Burlon had the other assist.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Tim Sestito-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Darcy Zajac-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Ben Johnson-Chris McKelvie-Alexandre Carrier

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Scott Timmins, Graham Black, Cam Janssen, David Wohlberg

Defense:

Seth Helgeson/Reece Scarlett

Dan Kelly/Brandon Burlon

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Joe Faust

Pop Quiz: Prior to Reid Boucher, who was the last Devil to win a shootout with a goal?  The answer upcoming.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

A few close calls, but nothing to see here.

My Player of the Week:

Before Saturday, I had no idea who would get the nod.  But after Saturday, it became quite clear.  When Maxime Clermont is in net, it’s almost a guaranteed win now.  He’s really the unsung hero of this year’s team, being stuck at #3 on the depth chart behind Scott Wedgewood and Scott Clemmensen.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (22)

Assists: Joe Whitney (21)

Points: Joe Whitney (38)

+/-: Paul Thompson (+15)

Penalty Minutes: Dan Kelly (82)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (7)

GAA: Maxime Clermont (1.94)

Save Percentage: Maxime Clermont (.921)

ECHL Update:

Myles Bell (Evansville): 30 GP, 8 G, 9 A, 17 Pts, -11, 23 PIM

Eric Baier (Orlando): 21 GP, 4 G, 6 A, 10 Pts, +8, 11 PIM

Injury Update:

Kelly Zajac sat out Friday and Saturday after taking a hit Thursday night in Allentown, but is expected to return shortly.  No time tables for Scott Timmins, Graham Black, Cam Janssen, or Raman Hrabarenka.

This Week’s Schedule:

The month of February kicks off with a short two game road trip.  Wednesday the Devils make their only (and final) visit to Manchester to face the Monarchs.  Then Friday night it’s off to Springfield to take on the suddenly slumping Falcons.  Then on Saturday it’s the annual attempt by me to beat them at bowling (all for a good cause), so stay tuned.

Pop Quiz Answer: The last Devil before Reid Boucher to score a shootout winning goal?  It was Mike Sislo, back on April 16 in Portland (well, Lewiston at the time).  He scored in round 4 to help seal a 3-2 Devil win, one that clinched them a Calder Cup playoff spot.

 

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