Week 15 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the week with a record of 16-14-2-5, good for 39 points and 5th place in the Northeast Division (10th in Eastern Conference).

-On Monday, Myles Bell was selected for the ECHL All Star Game, to be played in Orlando on January 21st.  While with Evansville, he posted 15 points (8 G, 7 A) in 24 games.  He has yet to make an appearance for Albany since being recalled on December 30th.

-With New Jersey about to embark on a 3 game California road trip and with Jaromir Jagr and Tuomo Ruutu battling illness, Joe Whitney was recalled for the second time in a little over two weeks and practiced on the fourth (?!?!) line.  To make room for him on the roster, Seth Helgeson was sent down after appearing in 21 games for the big club, registering two assists and finishing at a +3 rating.  He last played for Albany on November 9th in Bridgeport.

1/14, Game #38 vs. Springfield

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 2-1.

Standings:

Springfield: 26-10-3-0, 55 points, 1st place in Northeast Division

Falcons Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Austin Madaisky, 31 points (11 G, 20 A); Luke Adam, 30 points (12 G, 18 A); T.J. Tynan, 24 points (5 G, 19 A)

Anton Forsberg, 18-4-0, 1.85 GAA; Oscar Dansk, 5-3-3, 3.57 GAA

Notes:

-Austin Madaisky and Anton Forsberg, who both played a role in defeating Albany on Sunday in western Massachusetts, are the Falcons All Star Representatives.

-A very light schedule for the Falcons this week, as after Wednesday they are off until hosting Binghamton on Sunday afternoon.

Listen: AHL Live, WHYN 560 AM

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

1/16, Game #39 at Lehigh Valley

Where: PPL Center, Allentown, PA.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 2-0.

Standings:

Lehigh Valley: 18-12-4-1, 41 points, 3rd place in East Division

Phantoms Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Brandon Manning, 23 points (6 G, 17 A); Nick Cousins, 22 points (9 G, 13 A); Andrew Gordon, 19 points (10 G, 9 A)

Anthony Stolarz, 6-6-1, 2.58 GAA

Notes:

-Despite sitting in third in their division, the Phantoms have the best winning percentage (.586) among those teams.

-Lehigh Valley brings a 4 game winning streak into a 3 in 3 weekend.  After hosting the Devils, they face Binghamton at home on Saturday before traveling to Hershey on Sunday afternoon.

Listen: AHL Live, The Fox 1470 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @LVPhantoms

1/17, Game #40 at Hershey

Where: Giant Center, Hershey, PA.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Hershey leads 1-0.

Standings:

Hershey: 19-13-4-1, 43 points, 2nd place in East Division

Bears Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Tim Kennedy, 28 points (2 G, 26 A); Kris Newbury, 26 points (12 G, 14 A); Casey Wellman, 21 points (11 G, 10 A)

Philipp Grubauer, 11-9-4, 2.09 GAA; Pheonix Copley, 6-3-1, 2.00 GAA

Notes:

-Albany will not to have worry about Justin Peters this time around, as he finished his conditioning assignment Sunday afternoon with a loss to Norfolk and was recalled to Washington on Monday.

-This is the Bears first game of the week after splitting a two game set with Norfolk over the weekend.  They start a home and home with the Phantoms on Sunday afternoon.

-The last time Albany won a game in Chocolatetown?  December 29, 2012.   Harri Pesonen scored the game winner midway through the third period in a 3-2 Devil victory.

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Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheHersheyBears

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Week 14 Photo Gallery

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Mike Keenan & Cam Janssen

Mike Keenan & Cam Janssen

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Week 14 Recap: A Familiar Place

Another dreaded 3 in 3 weekend for the Devils, but two on home ice and a quick road trip east should come easy, right?  Not exactly.  Two out of six points later, the team finds themselves in a spot that no one thought anyone would see this season: the bottom of the division.

1/9 vs. Hershey: 4-0 L

Back on home ice Friday night, the Devils played host to the Bears for the first time this season.  Scott Clemmensen drew the start in his first game back since coming down with the mumps around Christmas.  Facing him in the Hershey net?  A very familiar face to River Rats fans: Justin Peters, sent down by Washington for the weekend for conditioning.  The Bears got on the board midway through the first on goals 1:03 apart from Chris Brown and Stanislav Galiev for a 2-0 advantage.  Brown would strike again very early in the third with his second goal on a power play for a 3-0 lead.  Phillipe Cornet would add the exclamation point late in the period for a 4 goal lead.  As for the Devils?  Well…they simply could not get anything going offensively, even during a brief 5 on 3 advantage in the second.  It was a successful homecoming for Peters, as he picked up the shutout win in his first appearance in Albany since the final River Rats game in 2010.  Clemmensen finished with 22 saves on 26 shots.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Kelly Zajac-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-David Wohlberg-Mike Sislo

Rod Pelley-Chris McKelvie-Stefan Matteau

Ben Thomson-Darcy Zajac-Cam Janssen

Extra: Scott Timmins, Ben Johnson, Graham Black, Myles Bell, Alexandre Carrier

Defense:

Dan Kelly/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Joe Faust

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Eric Baier

1/10 vs. Bridgeport: 3-1 W

It was a quick rebound on Saturday afternoon as the Devils faced the Sound Tigers for the 9845678th time.  Okay, really the 9th time, but you get it.  In a sort of surprise, Maxime Clermont drew his second start of the season.  David Wohlberg finally got the home team on the board for the first time on the weekend with his third just 94 seconds after puck drop for a 1-0 advantage.  Kael Mouillerat would poke the puck behind Clermont as it just escaped his reach two and a half minutes later to tie the game at 1.  Joe Whitney would score his 14th of the season on a early second period power play to break the tie.  Stefan Matteau would add an insurance marker late in the third to seal the much needed win, breaking a two game losing streak.  Clermont was outstanding in picking up his second win in as many starts, stopping 24 of 25 shots and earning first star of the game honors.  Paul Thompson and Mike Sislo each had two assists, while Rod Pelley and Kelly Zajac each had a helper.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Kelly Zajac-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Darcy Zajac-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-David Wohlberg-Ben Thomson

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Cam Janssen

Extra: Scott Timmins, Ben Johnson, Graham Black, Myles Bell, Alexandre Carrier

Defense:

Dan Kelly/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Joe Faust

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Eric Baier

1/11 at Springfield: 2-1 L

It was due east on the Mass Pike come Sunday afternoon, as the Devils visited Springfield for the first time all season.  No goals across during the first period, but the Devils spent most of it in the offensive zone, outshooting the Falcons 10-4.  Mike Sislo got Albany on the board just as the second period got started with his 8th goal of the season.  On a fluke play  nearly similar to the goal Maxime Clermont gave up a day earlier, Austin Madaisky would tie things up with just under 8 minutes to go in the period.  Just as the third period was getting underway, Kerby Rychel would break the tie on a breakaway chance.  The Falcons dominated the third period, outshooting Albany 12-7.  The Devils did end up with a little penalty trouble, including a 1:26 5 on 3, but was unable to come up with the equalizer.  Scott Wedgewood drew the start and picked up a hard luck loss, stopping 22 of 24.  Darcy Zajac had the lone assist.

Highlights:

Lines:

Reid Boucher-Darcy Zajac-Mike Sislo

Joe Whitney-Kelly Zajac-Paul Thompson

Chris McKelvie-David Wohlberg-Stefan Matteau

Ben Johnson-Rod Pelley-Cam Janssen

Extra: Scott Timmins, Graham Black, Ben Thomson, Myles Bell, Alexandre Carrier

Defense:

Dan Kelly/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Eric Baier

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Joe Faust

Pop Quiz: Which goaltender has the most wins in an Albany uniform?  Stay tuned for the answer.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

There were a few incidents of pushing and shoving, but no official fights this week.  First time in awhile.

My Player of the Week:

For having an outstanding day in net and earning the only win of the weekend, Maxime Clermont gets the nod.  I don’t think he wants to go back to Orlando anytime soon (even though the climate is a little better at the moment).

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (17)

Assists: Joe Whitney (19)

Points: Joe Whitney (33)

+/-: Paul Thompson (+14)

Penalty Minutes: Darcy Zajac (65)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (5)

GAA: Maxime Clermont (2.50)

Save Percentage: Maxime Clermont (.912)

ECHL Update: No update since everyone is still on the roster.

Injury Report: Kelly Zajac finally returned to the lineup Friday after sitting out since late October.  Raman Hrabarenka has resumed practicing with the team, but no word on when he will return.  Scott Timmins remains out.

This Week’s Schedule: 3 games on tap, but not back to back to back for once.  Wednesday night Albany wraps up the homestand with a visit from the Falcons.  Then it’s on the road to Pennsylvania for the weekend: Friday night they travel to Allentown for the first regular season matchup against Lehigh Valley, then it’s on to Hershey on Saturday to avenge the shutout loss against the Bears.

Also this week: my first half numbers review, coming up on Thursday evening.

Pop Quiz Answer: With 77 wins, Peter Sidorkiewicz is your all time Albany victories leader.  Jeff Frazee is your Albany/Lowell franchise leader with 73 wins, by the way.

 

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Week 14 Primer

Devils Quick Hits:

-Albany begins the weekend with a 15-12-2-5 record, good for 37 points and 4th place in the Northeast Division (and 10th in the Eastern Conference).

-On Wednesday, two promising signs were on ice for practice, as Scott Clemmensen (mumps) and Raman Hrabarenka (facial, etc.) skated for the first time since going down with illness/injury.  Clemmensen has been cleared to play, and may see action this weekend.  Maxime Clermont is staying put as a third goalie for the time being.

-Thursday Paul Thompson scored two more goals without having to lift a finger, as the league changed the scoring on Friday night’s lone goal against the Crunch (originally credited to Ben Thomson) and Sunday’s 3rd goal against Bridgeport (given to Mike Sislo).  He is now up to 17 goals on the season.

1/9, Game #35 vs. Hershey

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: First meeting of 4.  Future matchups: January 17th @ Hershey; February 13th @ Albany; February 28th @ Hershey

Standings:

Hershey: 17-12-4-1, 39 points, 2nd place in East Division

Bears Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Tim Kennedy, 27 points (2 G, 25 A); Kris Newbury, 25 points (11 G, 14 A); Connor Carrick, 19 points (4 G, 15 A)

Pheonix Copley, 6-3-1, 2.00 GAA; Philipp Grubauer, 11-9-4, 2.09 GAA

Notes:

-This is the first trip to the Capital Region for Hershey since March 29, 2013, a 5-3 Albany win.  Both home matchups last season were at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

-The Bears start a 3 in 3 weekend of their own, returning to home ice to take on Norfolk in a Saturday-Sunday series.  They are coming off a 2-1 week, including a home and home split with the Penguins Wednesday and Saturday.

-The Devils may have dodged a bullet as leading goal scorer Kris Newbury (illness) and goaltender Philipp Grubauer (injured) did not make the trip.

-Local ties: A very familiar face behind the bench to River Rat fans, as former defenseman Bryan Helmer is an assistant coach.  After winning his first Calder Cup with the Rats in 1995, he won back to back Cups as captain of the Bears in 2009 and 2010.  And per the Patriot-News, former Rats goaltender Justin Peters is scheduled to be in goal on a conditioning assignment.  He has not seen much action as Braden Holtby’s backup in Washington, last playing on November 29th in Toronto.  This is Peters’ first trip back to Albany since the final River Rats game on April 29, 2010, when he lost to Holtby in Game 4 of the East Division Finals in overtime against the Bears.

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Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheHersheyBears

1/10, Game #36 vs. Bridgeport

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 5:00 PM.

Season Series: Bridgeport leads 5-3.

Standings:

Bridgeport: 16-14-3-1, 36 points, 5th place in Northeast Division

Sound Tigers Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

2 tied with 29 points

Kevin Poulin, 11-7-4, 2.47 GAA; David Leggio, 5-7-0, 3.65 GAA

Notes:

-This is the second stop on a 4 game road trip for the Sound Tigers, as they first go to Portland on Friday.  They take on Hartford on Sunday afternoon, then head to Providence next Friday.

-Matchup #9 of the season between the two teams, the last one in Albany.  #10 is considered a home game, but will be at Prudential Center on January 21st.

-If you’re a dog owner, or love dogs, it’s your lucky day.  Saturday marks the fifth annual Pucks and Paws day at the arena.  Fans can get $13 tickets, with $5 tickets if they bring their dog to the game.  The dog ticket proceeds will go to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, who usually have a few dogs up for adoption on hand.  (Side note: Mohawk Hudson was where my cat Sascha was adopted from.)  The proper hashtag? #RaiseTheWoof.

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Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheSoundTigers

1/11, Game #37 at Springfield

Where: Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA.

When: 3:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 2-0.

Standings:

Springfield: 24-10-2-0, 50 points, 1st place in Northeast Division

Falcons Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Austin Madaisky, 29 points (9 G, 20 A); Luke Adam, 28 points (12 G, 16 A); T.J. Tynan, 23 points (4 G, 19 A)

Anton Forsberg, 16-4-0, 1.93 GAA; Oscar Dansk, 5-3-2, 3.55 GAA

Notes:

-The Falcons are coming off a 3 in 3 weekend where they went 2-1: after losing in Portland on the 2nd, they rallied from a two goal deficit to beat Worcester in a shootout on Saturday, then defeated Manchester in overtime on Sunday.

-This game marks the end of a 3 in 3 for Springfield as well; they travel to Providence on Friday and host Hartford on Saturday.

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

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Not A Bad Week…

I must say, the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 is going quite well for Joe Whitney.

-After a week that saw his first NHL goal in Detroit on Wednesday, then notching two goals and three assists in two games in Bridgeport, Whitney was awarded the AHL Player of the Week on Monday.  He is the first Devil to win the award since Scott Wedgewood took the honors the week of March 16, 2014, and the first skater since Matt Anderson in February 2013.

-To add to the accolades, he was the lone Devil named to the AHL’s Eastern Conference All Stars, announced earlier today.  There are a few former Devils that will be joining him: Matt Taormina (Worcester), Tom Kostopoulos (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, also the East Captain) and Bobby Butler (San Antonio).  The full rosters can be found here.  The game will be held in Utica on Monday, January 26th, with the Skills Competition on Sunday the 25th.

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Week 13 Recap: Hard Luck and a Breakout

Not the greatest week for the Devils, as they rang in 2015 with a busy week of four games.  One good win and three one goal defeats later, they are fighting for position in a competitive Northeast Division and trying to stay in the Eastern Conference race.

Tuesday: With 4 forwards up in New Jersey, two injured, and one ill, Myles Bell was recalled from Evansville.  He did not arrive in time to dress for the game, forcing Albany to use a 10 forward/8 defenseman lineup.

12/30 vs. Providence: 3-2 L

The Devils closed out the 2014 calendar year on home ice, as they welcomed the Bruins for their only visit of the season.  Providence came in shorthanded as well, only having 17 skaters on the roster due to callups to Boston.  But it didn’t slow the visitors down, as they outshot the hosts 14-8 in the first, capped off by a Cory Kane power play goal late in the first period for a 1-0 advantage.  Albany tied it up with just 0.4 seconds remaining in the second, as Reid Boucher extended his goal scoring streak to 5 games with his 10th of the season.  Third period was virtually all Bruins, as they outshot the Devils by a 20-8 margin.  Andrew Ammon would give Providence an early lead in the third, but Rod Pelley would tip in the tying goal with just over 5 minutes to go in regulation.  Just as it looked like the Devils were going to overtime for the third straight game…heartbreak ensued.  Ethan Werek took a shot from the blueline that sailed past Scott Wedgewood with just 4.9 seconds left on the clock to give the Bruins the win.  Wedgewood played well in taking the loss, stopping 42 of 45 shots.  Three Devils each had one assist.

Highlights:

Lines:

Reid Boucher-Graham Black-Paul Thompson

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Ben Johnson-Darcy Zajac-Alexandre Carrier

Cam Janssen-Mike Keenan-Joe Faust

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Scott Timmins, David Wohlberg (took warmup but scratched due to illness), Myles Bell (travel)

Defense:

Mark Fraser/Reece Scarlett

Dan Kelly/Eric Baier

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka

Friday: Joe Whitney was richly rewarded for scoring his first NHL goal on Wednesday in Detroit…he was reassigned to Albany along with Stefan Matteau, who never dressed after both were recalled on Monday.

1/2 vs. Syracuse: 2-1 L (SO)

The Devils rang in 2015 with a familiar foe, facing the Crunch for the third weekend in a row, but this time on home ice.  Unlike Tuesday night, where the hosts were grossly outshot, Albany got off to a flying start by not allowing a Crunch shot on goal for the first 8:09.  But that first shot off the stick of Vladislav Namestnikov found its way past Scott Wedgewood, putting the visitors up 1-0.  Ben Thomson would score his fourth (originally credited to Graham Black) just over two minutes later to tie the game up.  Then both goalies, Wedgewood and the just sent down Andrei Vasilevskiy, would go into lockdown mode.  The Devils came close to taking the lead early in the third, but the goalposts got in the way twice.  It was on to overtime for the third time in 4 games for the Devils, who came very close to both winning and losing the extra point, but Wedgewood and Vasilevskiy would not give an inch.  On to the shootout, where after the first three rounds both teams were scoreless.  Then it was on the fourth, then fifth, then sixth rounds…nothing across.  The duel continued to round 7, then 8, then 9 without a goal.  Finally in round 10, Kevin Lynch broke the drought and shot it past Wedgewood for a 1-0 lead.  Vasilevskiy then stopped Brandon Burlon to seal the victory for the Crunch.  So if you’re wondering who went out for the Devils in the shootout: Paul Thompson, Reid Boucher, Stefan Matteau, Rod Pelley, Reece Scarlett, Graham Black, Ben Johnson, David Wohlberg, Ben Thomson, and Burlon.

Highlights:

Lines:

Ben Thomson-Graham Black-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-David Wohlberg-Stefan Matteau

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Alexandre Carrier

Ben Johnson-Darcy Zajac-Cam Janssen

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Scott Timmins (inj), Joe Whitney (travel), Myles Bell (healthy)

Defense:

Mark Fraser/Reece Scarlett

Dan Kelly/Brandon Burlon

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka (inj), Joe Faust, Eric Baier (healthy)

Saturday: With Peter Harrold getting hurt in Friday’s loss to Montreal and Eric Gelinas out sick, Mark Fraser was summoned to New Jersey for his first appearance in a Devil uniform since 2011. He certainly made his presence known during the Devils’ 5-2 win over Philadelphia.  Also, Mike Sislo cleared waivers (since he appeared in 10 games for New Jersey) and was reassigned to Albany, rejoining the team in time for the weekend series in Bridgeport.

1/3 at Bridgeport: 7-4 W

It was off to southern Connecticut for another two game set, as Albany took on Bridgeport for the 7th time this season, but their first meeting since just before Thanksgiving.  Maxime Clermont got the start, his first AHL start of the season and his first game action since December 5th while with Orlando.  Paul Thompson started the scoring with his 14th of the season 5 minutes into the first for a 1-0 lead.  Harry Zolnierczyk would tie it up late in the period with a power play goal (here we go again…).  Then in the second, both teams exploded for a combined 7 goals.  David Wohlberg got the scorefest started just 2:25 in with his second goal of the season.  Griffin Reinhart would retie the game just over a minute later.  Then Ben Thomson (5th), Joe Whitney (12th on the PP) and Graham Black (7th on the PP) would put Albany ahead 5-2.  But the Sound Tigers were not done just yet, as Kael Mouillerat and Alan Quine (on a PP) would cut the deficit to one goal late.  Third period Albany would put the game away, with goals from unlikely sources.  Chris McKelvie would score his second and Corbin McPherson his first in a 5 minute span midway through the third for a commanding 3 goal lead.  Clermont would pick up his second career AHL win, stopping 28 of 32 shots.  Whitney (1 goal & 2 assists), Reid Boucher (3 assists), Thompson (1 goal, 1 assist), Wohlberg (1 goal, 1 assist), and McPherson (1 goal, 1 assist) all had multi point efforts, while Darcy Zajac and Reece Scarlett each had helpers.  Dan Kelly finished at a +3.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Graham Black-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-David Wohlberg-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-Rod Pelley-Chris McKelvie

Ben Thomson-Darcy Zajac-Cam Janssen

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Scott Timmins, Myles Bell, Ben Johnson, Alexandre Carrier

Defense:

Dan Kelly/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Joe Faust

Mike Keenan/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Eric Baier

1/4 at Bridgeport: 4-3 L

Just about 17 hours or so later, it was back to the rink for a rematch.  Joe Whitney got things started on a good note with a breakaway goal just 1:17 in for a quick 1-0 lead.  Cory Conacher would tie it up with a power play goal later in the period.  Second period saw the Devils run into a bit of penalty trouble, and much like the second visit to Bridgeport in November, the Sound Tigers would capitalize.  Aaron Ness would give the hosts the lead with a 4 on 4 tally.  Harry Zolnierczyk would add a second power play goal late for a 3-1 lead.  Paul Thompson would score on a 5 on 3 midway through the third to get the Devils back to within one goal, but Alan Quine would seal it with an even strength goal with less than two minutes remaining.  Mike Sislo would get his 8th with 5 seconds left, but it was too little too late.  Scott Wedgewood capped off a difficult week stopping 23 of 27 shots in taking the loss.  Whitney and Thompson each had 2 point games, while Rod Pelley and Reece Scarlett had assists.  Albany was forced to kill off 9 Bridgeport power plays, managing to go 7 for 9 on the kill.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Graham Black-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-David Wohlberg-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-Rod Pelley-Chris McKelvie

Ben Thomson-Darcy Zajac-Cam Janssen

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Scott Timmins, Ben Johnson, Myles Bell, Alexandre Carrier

Defense:

Dan Kelly/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Joe Faust

Mike Keenan/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Eric Baier

Pop Quiz: What is the Albany AHL record for most goals scored in one game?  The answer coming up.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

Ben Thomson gets his rematch Friday night:

My Player of the Week:

Not a bad week for Joe Whitney.  He gets his second NHL recall at the beginning of the week, scores his first NHL goal on Wednesday against the Red Wings, then returns to the lineup Saturday and proceeds to score twice and add three assists.  Honorable mention to Paul Thompson for finally getting his goal scoring touch back.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (15)

Assists: Joe Whitney (19)

Points: Joe Whitney (32)

+/-: Paul Thompson (+14)

Penalty Minutes: Darcy Zajac (63)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (5)

GAA: Scott Clemmensen (2.28)

Save Percentage: Scott Clemmensen (.916)

ECHL Update:

No update since all ECHLers are currently on the roster.

Injury Update:

No updated timetables given for either Scott Clemmensen, Kelly Zajac, Scott Timmins, or Raman Hrabarenka.

This Week’s Schedule:

Another three in three weekend looms.  Friday night the Devils welcome Hershey to the Capital Region for the first time in two seasons (both home matchups last season were in Atlantic City).  Saturday afternoon Bridgeport comes for a visit.  Finally on Sunday afternoon the Devils travel to western Massachusetts for the first time all season to take on the Falcons.

Pop Quiz Answer: The most goals scored by an Albany team in one game?  9, accomplished twice: the first home game in River Rats history on October 9, 1993, when the Rats beat Rochester 9-3, then on March 21, 1998, a 9-5 win at home against Adirondack (when they were the Red Wings).

 

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Week 13 Photo Gallery

Scott Wedgewood

Scott Wedgewood

Darcy Zajac

Darcy Zajac with the faceoff…

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Mark Fraser, Ben Johnson, Alexandre Carrier

Maxime Clermont

Maxime Clermont

This is what happens when you face the same division rival three weeks in a row.

This is what happens when you face the same division rival three weeks in a row.

Ben Thomson

Ben Thomson

Extended gallery as always on the Facebook page!

 

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