Week 23 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the weekend with a 26-23-5-5 mark, good for 62 points.  They stand in 4th place in the Northeast Division (six points behind third place Hartford) and 11th in the Eastern Conference (2 points behind 10th place St. John’s and 8 points out of the 8th playoff spot, currently held by Springfield).

-After a scare Saturday evening in St. John’s, Scott Wedgewood returned to practice with the team on Tuesday.  Everyone with the exception of Cam Janssen (still has 3 games to go on his suspension) will be available for the weekend slate.

-With all the talk of teams moving around (already up to 7 moves with the news of St. John’s moving back to Winnipeg and Hamilton moving to St. John’s as a temporary stop), there is some good news.  Per Fire and Ice yesterday, a new 3 year deal for the Devils to stay put in the Capital Region is nearing completion, but not official.  Stay tuned as this plays out.

3/13, Game #60 vs. Worcester

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Tied at 1.

Standings:

Worcester: 32-21-4-2, 70 points, 3rd place in Atlantic Division, 6th in Eastern Conference

Sharks Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

2 players with 32 points

Troy Grosenick, 18-8-3, 2.71 GAA; Aaron Dell, 8-58-2, 1.98 GAA

Notes:

-The Sharks are finishing up a 3 game road swing, and are 1-1 so far with a loss in Providence on Sunday and a win over Bridgeport on Wednesday.  In a rare scheduling quirk, after tonight they are off until Wednesday evening.

-Not very often that your leading goal scorer is also the team leader in penalty minutes, but the Sharks have just that in former Islander/Ranger Micheal Haley (18 goals/92 PIM).

-This could be the last visit by a Worcester AHL team for awhile, as the Sharks are relocating to San Jose next season as part of the new AHL Pacific Division.  The Worcester IceCats called the Centrum (now the DCU Center) home from 1994-2005 before relocating to Peoria for the 05-06 season.  After sitting out one year, the Sharks arrived from Cleveland starting with the 2006-07 season.

Listen: AHL Live, WTAG 580 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @WorcesterSharks, @SharksAHLInGame

3/14, Game #61 vs. Syracuse

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 5:00 PM.

Season Series: Syracuse leads 5-1.

Standings:

Syracuse: 33-17-8-0, 74 points, 1st place in Northeast Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference

Crunch Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Jonathan Marchessault, 47 points (16 G, 31 A); Yanni Gourde, 44 points (22 G, 22 A); Tanner Richard, 31 points (10 G, 21 A)

Kristers Gudlevskis, 18-11-2, 2.89 GAA; Allen York, 1-0-1, 3.92 GAA

Notes:

-Despite losing 4 out of their last 5 games (including the 7-6 loss to Albany on February 27th), the Crunch still hold on to a four point division lead over Springfield.  They host Adirondack on Friday evening before starting a two game road trip in Albany on Saturday.

-A lot of roster turnover since the Crunch last faced the Devils.  At the trade deadline, they swapped former Devil Matt Corrente for San Antonio forward Ryan Martindale, and acquired Bridgeport forward Justin Courtnall on Monday.  They have also lost Vladislav Namestnikov and captain Mike Angelidis to callups, as Tampa Bay is dealing with a rash of injuries.

-It’s going to be a busy afternoon in downtown Albany.  First, a travel advisory if you’re coming in from anywhere outside the Capital Region: Albany’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is earlier in the day, the parade route does go through downtown en route to just north of the city limits, so plan accordingly.  Also going on: Times Union Family Night, featuring $5/$10 tickets with a TU newspaper or special ad (those kind of days always draw extremely well), Spiderman will be on hand, and it’s also Firefighter Appreciation Night.

Listen: AHL Live, ESPN Radio Syracuse

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @SyracuseCrunch

3/15, Game #62 vs. Springfield

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 3:00 PM.

Season Series: Tied at 3.

Standings:

Springfield: 32-22-6-0, 70 points, 2nd place in Northeast Division, 7th in Eastern Conference

Falcons Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Luke Adam, 38 points (13 G, 25 A); 2 with 35 points

Oscar Dansk, 7-6-5, 3.49 GAA; Scott Munroe, 5-8-0, 2.78 GAA

Notes:

-The Falcons have dropped three straight, last winning on February 28th (a 3-0 shutout against Bridgeport).  They begin a 8 of 9 stretch at home on Friday evening against Hartford, followed by Providence on Saturday.  The trip to Albany is their only road contest.

-In the six games played so far between the two teams, the home team has won each time.

-Falcons forward Dana Tyrell did something on Sunday no one has been able to do since February 8th: score on Wilkes-Barre goaltender Matt Murray.  He broke Murray’s AHL record shutout streak of 304:11 with a late third period goal in a 4-1 loss to the Penguins.

Listen: AHL Live, WHYN 560 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheFalconsAHL

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Week 22 Recap: Split on the Rock

Only two games on the docket this week, but it took the Devils awhile to travel there…it was back to a familiar place, St. John’s.  The last time they were on that rink, the 2013-14 season came to an end.  This time around, it was a much better trip, capturing 3 out of 4 points and staying within striking distance of the final playoff spot in the East.

3/6 at St. John’s: 2-1 L (OT)

For round 1, Scott Clemmensen drew the start against All Star Connor Hellebuyck.  With Seth Helgeson in the penalty box, Chase Balisy would score on the ensuing power play to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.  And that was all the action…until early in the third period.  On a turnover, Stefan Matteau would break away alone and score his 8th of the season to tie the game up.  With literally nothing across for the rest of regulation, it was off to overtime, where on an odd man rush John Albert would finish it off just 1:42 into the extra frame to give the IceCaps the win.  Clemmensen played well in his first start since returning from his latest New Jersey backup stint, stopping 20 of 22 shots.  Darcy Zajac had the lone assist, and as for Helgeson’s penalty?  It was the only one called all game (kudos to lone referee T.J. Luxmore for letting the teams play).

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Tim Sestito-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-Graham Black-Darcy Zajac

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Extra: Cam Janssen (susp), Kelly Zajac (inj), David Wohlberg, Alexandre Carrier

Defense:

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Seth Helgeson/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Joe Faust

3/7 at St. John’s: 2-0 W

A few lineup changes before the rematch on Saturday evening: David Wohlberg went in while Chris McKelvie went out.  And Scott Wedgewood drew the start in net.  Stefan Matteau continued his hot play as of late, scoring his 9th of the season and second in as many days late in the first period for a 1-0 lead.  A scary moment for Albany came midway through the second, as Wedgewood was forced to leave the game with an apparent hand injury.  Scott Clemmensen was summoned from the bullpen and only had to stop 4 IceCap shots for the remainder of the period.  Just after the goalie switch, Reid Boucher scored his 13th off a turnover to double the Albany lead.  And that was all Clemmensen would need, as he stopped all 13 St. John’s shots the rest of the way to earn the combined shutout and a split of the two game series.  Wedgewood stopped 11 of 11 shots before exiting, while Boucher had the lone assist.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-Graham Black-Reid Boucher

Paul Thompson-Tim Sestito-David Wohlberg

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Darcy Zajac

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

Defense:

Seth Helgeson/Reece Scarlett

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Conference Standings:

After Saturday’s action, here’s the updated standings:

8. Portland–68 points

9. Hartford–68

10. St. John’s–64

11. Albany–62

12. Lehigh Valley–59

Only six points separate the Devils from getting into the top 8.  The magic number to clinch is at 43, but the tragic number (meaning elimination…if I’m doing the math right) is 29.

Pop Quiz: Prior to Stefan Matteau, who was the last Devil to get a game winning goal at Mile One?  The answer coming up.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

Two very good bouts during Saturday’s rematch…but no video proof.  Again.

So for this week…we’re going old school.  Since everyone in New Jersey is reminiscing about 1995 this weekend, there’s another event that happened 20 years ago as well…the lone Albany Calder Cup championship.  I did some digging on YouTube and found this from January 1995:

My Player of the Week:

This was a fairly easy decision…Stefan Matteau has been on a tear as of late.  He scores 2 out of the 3 Albany goals on the weekend, and is currently on a 6 game point streak (4 goals, 2 assists).

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (24)

Assists: Joe Whitney (26)

Points: Joe Whitney (44)

+/-: Graham Black (+10)

Penalty Minutes: Dan Kelly (96)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (9)

GAA: Scott Clemmensen (2.62)

Save Percentage: Scott Clemmensen (.904)

ECHL Update:

Myles Bell (Evansville): 34 GP, 9 G, 9 A, 18 Pts, -11, 25 PIM (returned to the lineup for the first time since 2/6)

Eric Baier (Orlando): 37 GP, 5 G, 11 A, 16 Pts, +5, 11 PIM

Ben Johnson (Orlando): 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 Pts, Even, 0 PIM

Mike Keenan (Orlando): 28 G, 0 G, 6 A, 6 Pts, +1, 18 PIM

Maxime Clermont (Orlando):  13 GP, 6-5-0, 3.43 GAA, .883 Save Pct. (took the loss 3/3 vs. Cincinnati, 27 saves/28 shots)

Injury Update:

Just as I thought everyone was healthy, Kelly Zajac (lower) misses the St. John’s trip.  Not expected to be out for long.  And we will wait and see on what happens with Scott Wedgewood.

This Week’s Schedule: Another 3 in 3 weekend looms, but the good news is it starts a season long 6 game homestand.  Friday night Worcester makes its final visit before moving to San Jose next season.  Saturday afternoon a suddenly struggling Syracuse team visits for the first time since January.  Finally on Sunday afternoon the Falcons make their last visit of the season.

Pop Quiz Answer: The last Devil to score a game winner in St. John’s before Saturday?  It was Bobby Butler, in a 5-3 Devil win on November 17, 2012.  Other goal scorers for Albany that night? Jacob Josefson, Darcy Zajac (who scored twice), and Adam Larsson.

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Week 22 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany goes into the weekend’s action with a 25-23-4-5 mark and 59 points.  They stand 4th place in the Northeast Division and 11th in the Eastern Conference.

-All but two players are making the trip to Newfoundland.  For his hit on Senators forward Matt Tassone in the third period on Sunday against Binghamton, the AHL suspended Cam Janssen for the next 5 games.  He will not be able to return to the lineup until March 18th.  Kelly Zajac will also miss the trip after re-aggravating a lower body injury.

-With the possibility of one extra forward for the two games, Alexandre Carrier has been recalled from Orlando and is making the trip.

3/6 & 3/7, Games #58 &59 at St. John’s

Where: Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NFLD, Canada.

When: 7:30 PM NST (6:00 PM EST).

Season Series: Tied at 1.

Standings:

St. John’s: 27-24-6-2, 62 points, 5th place in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference

IceCaps Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

John Albert, 40 points (15 G, 25 A); Will O’Neill, 37 points (10 G, 27 A); Chase Balisy, 33 points (14 G, 19 A)

Connor Hellebuyck, 25-16-4, 2.42 GAA; Peter Budaj, 0-7-4, 3.69 GAA

Notes:

-St. John’s is kicking off a 5 game homestand to start the month of March, hosting Manchester for three the following week.

-After a slow start, the defending Eastern Conference champs are back in the playoff race, sitting just four points behind Providence for the 8th playoff spot.

-Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck leads the league in wins (tied with Manchester’s J.F. Berube with 25), saves (1413), minutes (2751:57), and shootout wins (4).  He is tied with Hershey’s Philipp Grubauer for second with 6 shutouts.

-Just a reminder for those in the Eastern time zone: St. John’s is 90 minutes ahead, so even though it’s a 7:30 start, it will actually be 6:00 here.

Listen: AHL Live, stjohnsicecaps.com

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @IceCapsAHL

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Week 21 Recap: Answering the Bell

We are entering the proverbial homestretch.  And it’s looking like the Devils are putting a disastrous February in the rearview mirror.  Four (which easily could have been six) out of six points on the weekend, including a much needed offensive breakout and the return of a key player to the lineup.

2/27 at Syracuse: 7-6 W

The road trip went back west on the Thruway to Syracuse, where for the second Friday evening in a row Albany visited the Crunch.  And for the first time in quite awhile, it was the Devils who got the offense started first.  On their first power play of the game, Mike Sislo continued his strong February with his 15th of the season for a 1-0 advantage.  Scott Timmins, in his first game back since December 7th, celebrated with a power play goal of his own 5 minutes later to double the lead.  But Syracuse would make things interesting, as Vladislav Namestnikov and Cody Kunyk would tie the game over a 5:02 span.  But just 20 seconds after the Crunch tied it, Sislo would score his second of the period to put the Devils ahead 3-2.  The scoring didn’t stop in the second, as Yanni Gourde would re-tie the game with a power play goal early on.  Kelly Zajac would put the Devils back ahead with his third, also a power play goal.  But the Crunch would take the lead with goals by Jonathan Marchessault and Kunyk in a 38 second span, chasing Scott Wedgewood from the net in favor of Maxime Clermont, making his first appearance since January 31st.  The goaltending switch seemed to help, as Clermont only had to stop 1 shot the rest of the second period.  But Albany was not done just yet, as they would tie the game up at 5 early in the third on a shorthanded goal by David Wohlberg.  Stefan Matteau would give Albany a 6-5 lead with the fourth power play goal of the night, then Darcy Zajac scored a very important insurance goal shortly after for a 7-5 lead, chasing Crunch goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis in favor of Allen York.  Marchessault would score his second of the night to get to within 7-6, but Clermont would shut them down the rest of the way, surviving a late 6-on-4 empty net penalty kill to seal the victory, the first against Syracuse all season and just the second victory in February.  Wedgewood stopped 10 of 15 before leaving in favor of Clermont, who picked up win #5 by stopping 10 of 11.  Eleven Devils had at least one point, with K. Zajac (one goal, two assists) and Seth Helgeson (three assists) leading the way.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Kelly Zajac-Mike Sislo

Tim Sestito-Rod Pelley-Stefan Matteau

David Wohlberg-Darcy Zajac-Cam Janssen

Extra: Chris McKelvie, Graham Black, Ben Johnson, Ben Thomson

Defense:

Raman Hrabarenka/Corbin McPherson

Seth Helgeson/Dan Kelly

Reece Scarlett/Joe Faust

Extra: Brandon Burlon

2/28 at Hershey: 4-2 L

It was a long drive south down Interstate 81 to Chocolatetown, as the Devils faced Hershey for the final time this season.  Much like Friday night, it was Albany getting things going in the first period.  Joe Whitney scored his 18th late in the first period for a 1-0 lead, the first goal against Hershey goaltending since January 17th.  Albany had a season high 16 first period shots, while only allowing the Bears 6.  Sounds like a very promising start, right?  Well, it looked good going into the second, as Stefan Matteau would score his seventh just 46 seconds after the period got started for a 2-0 Devil lead.  Then…everything went downhill, thanks to a Bears record.  Tim Kennedy and Chris Conner would tie the game up midway through the second in about the same amount of time as literally blinking an eye…5 seconds.  Hershey also woke up during this period, outshooting the Devils 15-5.  The Bears would then pull away in the third, as Garrett Mitchell scored off a turnover in the Devils crease to take the lead.  Joel Broda would add an insurance goal with under 4 minutes remaining to seal it, giving Hershey a season sweep of the Devils.  Maxime Clermont lost his first decision of the season, stopping 22 of 26 shots.  Dan Kelly contributed two assists, while Tim Sestito had one helper.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Tim Sestito-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Graham Black-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-Rod Pelley-Chris McKelvie

David Wohlberg-Darcy Zajac-Ben Thomson

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

Defense:

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Seth Helgeson/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Joe Faust

3/1 vs. Binghamton: 4-3 W (OT)

With February finally over, it was back to the Capital Region for the first time since February 15th, as Albany played host to the Senators for the first time all season, and first since an embarassing 7-0 defeat back in November.  On Binghamton’s first power play of the game (and a questionable one at that), Cole Schneider scored for an early 1-0 Senators lead.  Paul Thompson would tie it up late in the period with his team leading 24th goal, then Darcy Zajac would follow with a tip in 3 and a half minutes later to put the Devils ahead 2-1.  Tim Sestito would give the hosts a two goal cushion just before the second period expired on a power play.  But Binghamton would not go away quietly.  Buddy Robinson would put the Senators to within one on a questionable goal call (it was believed a high stick may have been involved, but the referees still allowed it).  Then just four seconds after Albany killed off a 5 minute major by Cam Janssen for a check to the head call, Carter Camper would tie the game up at 3.  But Albany got a golden opportunity late in the third and going into overtime after Schneider was called for a delay of game.  And they capitalized…Mike Sislo would score the game winner just 33 seconds into overtime to give Albany their second win of the weekend.  Scott Wedgewood rebounded nicely from Friday’s game, stopping 24 of 27 shots and winning his first game since January 29th against Lehigh Valley.   Joe Whitney and Raman Hrabarenka each had two assists, while four other Devils each had a helper.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Kelly Zajac-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-Rod Pelley-Tim Sestito

Chris McKelvie-Darcy Zajac-Cam Janssen

Extra: Ben Johnson, Graham Black, David Wohlberg, Ben Thomson

Defense:

Seth Helgeson/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Extra: Joe Faust

Sunday: A few hours after the game, it was quietly announced that Scott Clemmensen was reassigned to Albany.  Looks like Keith Kinkaid is ready to go come Tuesday.  Clemmensen was recalled Monday but never saw any playing time.

Monday: Not surprisingly, with Clemmensen returning Maxime Clermont was sent back to Orlando.  But he’s not going down alone, as forward Ben Johnson was also reassigned.  Clermont made two appearances, one in relief and one start, and went 1-1 since being recalled on Thursday.  Johnson has not played since February 15th, and has been a healthy scratch for a majority of the season.  He has one goal and one assist in 25 games.

Conference Standings:

It’s March, so it’s time to bring back where the Devils stand for playoff positioning!

8. Providence–66

9. Portland–64

10. St. John’s–62

11. ALBANY–59

12. Lehigh Valley–57

13. Binghamton–52

So…thanks to the disaster that was February, Albany has some catching up to do to get near that 8th playoff spot.  The magic number to clinch is at 46.

Pop Quiz:  Who holds the individual Albany AHL record for most goals in a season?  Answer upcoming.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

Waiting for the video to surface…as always stay tuned.

My Player of the Week:

With another strong weekend, Mike Sislo capped off a very successful February with the game winner to kick off March.  9 of his 17 goals this season have all come after the All Star Break.  Honorable mention to Stefan Matteau for a good offensive showing over the weekend as well.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (24)

Assists: Joe Whitney (26)

Points: Joe Whitney (44)

+/-: Paul Thompson (+10)

Penalty Minutes: Dan Kelly (96)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (8)

GAA: Scott Clemmensen (2.75)

Save Percentage: Scott Clemmensen (.900)

ECHL Update:

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

Eric Baier (Orlando): 35 GP, 5 G, 11 A, 16 Pts, +5, 11 PIM

Mike Keenan (Orlando): 27 GP, 0 G, 6 A, 6 Pts, +1, 18 PIM

Alexandre Carrier (Orlando): 10 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 Pt, -1, 24 PIM

Injury Update:

With Scott Timmins returning on Friday night, everyone on the roster short of illness is now healthy.

This Week’s Schedule:

It’s a quick two game road trip this week: the Devils will fly to The Rock.  Well, not that quick, and not that Rock. Friday and Saturday evening they will face St. John’s in a two game set, their first visit since being eliminated from the first round of the playoffs back in May.

Pop Quiz Answer: So who holds the Albany record for most goals in a season?  It was Jeff Williams, who in the 1998-99 season had a breakout year offensively, scoring 46 goals for the River Rats.  And he was only the third leading scorer…John Madden lead the way that season, with 98 points.  The Lowell/Albany record holder is Chris Minard, who had 32 in the 2006-07 season.

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Week 21 Photo Gallery

Raman Hrabarenka & Mike Sislo

Raman Hrabarenka & Mike Sislo

Kelly Zajac

Kelly Zajac

Corbin McPherson

Corbin McPherson

Maxime Clermont

Maxime Clermont

Tim Sestito

Tim Sestito

Scott Timmins

Scott Timmins

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Week 21 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the week with a 23-22-4-5 record and 55 points.  They stand in 4th place in the Northeast Division and 12th in the Eastern Conference.  Looking at the first Playoff Primer of the season, released last night, the boys have some work to do to catch up.

-With Scott Clemmensen staying up top with the parent Devils to backup Cory Schneider this weekend, Maxime Clermont was summoned back from Orlando yesterday.  With another 3 in 3 weekend looming, I would not be surprised to see him get at least one start.

2/27, Game #55 at Syracuse

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

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Syracuse leads 5-0.

Standings:

Syracuse: 32-14-8-0, 72 points, 1st place in Northeast Division, 1st place in Eastern Conference

Crunch Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Jonathan Marchessault, 43 points (13 G, 30 A); Yanni Gourde, 40 points (19 G, 21 A); 2 tied with 32 points

Kristers Gudlevskis, 17-8-2, 2.70 GAA; Allen York, 1-0-1, 4.23 GAA

Notes:

-After a disastrous Valentines week, the Crunch rebounded nicely with a 3 game sweep of last weekend’s games, catapulting them to the top of the league standings.  A one goal loss to Rochester has them tied with Oklahoma City for the league’s best going into this weekend.

-Tonight marks the start of a 3 game homestand for the Crunch, who host Utica on Saturday and Portland next Friday.

-Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made a one game appearance on Wednesday after coming down from Tampa, only to lose 4-3 to Rochester before being recalled.

Listen: AHL Live, ESPN Radio Syracuse

Watch: TWC Sports is carrying the game (Albany channel 50/323).

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

2/28, Game #56 at Hershey

Where: Giant Center, Hershey, PA.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Hershey leads 3-0.

Standings:

Hershey: 32-14-5-2, 71 points, 1st place in East Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference

Bears Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Tim Kennedy, 44 points (5 G, 39 A); 2 tied with 37 points

Philipp Grubauer, 21-10-4, 2.11 GAA; Pheonix Copley, 9-3-3, 2.15 GAA

Notes:

-Hershey is riding a modest 2 game winning streak heading into a 3 in 3 weekend of their own, traveling to Binghamton on Friday and hosting Lehigh Valley on Sunday afternoon.

-Things got a little heated on Saturday night against Bridgeport…as a result, forward Liam O’Brien was suspended for 3 games, the last one coming on Saturday.

-At the start of the weekend, the Bears sit just one point behind Syracuse for 1st in the conference (and first overall in the league).

Listen: AHL Live, The Ticket 1460 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheHersheyBears, @ChocHockey, @timleone

3/1, Game #57 vs. Binghamton

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 3:00 PM.

Season Series: Binghamton leads 1-0.

Standings:

Binghamton: 22-25-5-1, 50 points, 4th place in East Division, 13th in Eastern Conference

Senators Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

2 tied with 42 points

Peter Mannino, 3-7-2, 3.78 GAA; Scott Greenham, 10-6-2, 2.51 GAA

Notes:

-After hosting Hershey on Friday evening, the B-Sens embark on a 4 game road trip, starting in Lehigh Valley on Saturday before coming to the Capital Region on Sunday.  They finish the trip in Norfolk the following weekend.

-2015 has not been kind to Binghamton, as they have had two separate 5 game winless streaks since the start of the calendar year and have fallen to the bottom of the East Division standings, tied with Norfolk for last place.

-Albany returns to home ice for the first time since February 15th.  After only having two home games for all of February, the Devils will have 7 of their next 11 games at the Times Union Center.

Listen: AHL Live, US 96.9 FM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @BSens_Hockey

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Week 20 Photo Gallery

David Wohlberg & Reece Scarlett

David Wohlberg & Reece Scarlett

Stefan Matteau

Stefan Matteau

Corbin McPherson

Corbin McPherson

Scott Clemmensen

Scott Clemmensen

Tim Sestito

Tim Sestito

Scott Wedgewood

Scott Wedgewood

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