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Week 17 Recap: Sliding into the Break

Good news this week: the Devils would receive reinforcements from New Jersey as the NHL started their All Star break.  Bad news: Only two would play.  And the month of January would end with a 3 out of 6 point week and a major injury as the AHL All Star break gets underway.

1/27 vs. Hershey: 3-2 W (OT)

Matt Lorito

Matt Lorito

The homestand continued on Wednesday, as the Bears made their only visit of the season to the Capital Region.  Among those in attendance: former Calder Cup winning Rat Bryan Helmer, now an assistant coach; former River Rat goalie Justin Peters, serving as backup to Dan Ellis (of escrow/#DanEllisProblems fame); and some guy named Gomez, I think he’s played in the NHL before?  Anyway…with Matt Lorito and Reid Boucher returning to the lineup, the Devils got off to a good start in the first period.  On the Devils first power play of the night, Mike Sislo would pick up his 17th goal (and league leading 12th power play goal) for a 1-0 lead.  Scott Wedgewood only had to face three Hershey shots…but on one of those shots he would dive and land on his right shoulder, shaking him up.  He would stay in after being checked out.  The Devils would continue to dominate in the shot department, outshooting the visitors 12-5 in the second, but on one of those 5 shots late in the period Erik Burgdoerfer would tie the game up (with an assist by that Gomez guy).  Midway through the third, Wedgewood would go down again on his right side, and this time he would have to leave the game, bringing Yann Danis in from the bullpen to finish things up.  The Bears would grab a lead late on a Riley Barber goal, and it looked like the Devils were on their way to a sixth straight loss, and the Bear domination would continue.  But not so fast.  With Danis pulled for an extra skater, Raman Hrabarenka would score his first of the season with just 1:16 to go in regulation to tie the game at 2.  It was on to overtime, where on the first shot taken by either side, Reid Boucher would knock it past Ellis for the winner, and a five game losing streak was over.  Danis picked up win #17 in relief, stopping 5 of 6 shots in about 10 minutes worth of work.  Wedgewood had stopped 12 of 13 before exiting.  Sislo and four other Devils each had assists.

Remember me?

Remember me?

The Lineup:

Matt Lorito-Jim O’Brien-Mike Sislo

Reid Boucher-Ryan Kujawinski-Brian O’Neill

Corey Tropp-Graham Black-Blake Pietila

Pierre-Luc Leblond-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Vojtech Mozik/Marc-Andre Gragnani

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Scott Wedgewood/Yann Danis

Out: Seth Helgeson, Joe Blandisi, Blake Coleman, Max Novak, Paul Thompson, Chris McKelvie, Reece Scarlett, Ben Johnson

Power Play: 1 for 3.  Penalty Kill: 3 for 3.  Penalty Minutes: 11.  Shots on Goal: 24.  Shots Allowed: 19.

Highlights:

Thursday: It appears that Wedgewood will be out at least a month with a shoulder injury, so…Ken Appleby to the white courtesy phone, please.

1/29 vs. Utica: 4-3 L (OT)

Welcome aboard Ken Appleby!

Welcome aboard Ken Appleby!

The five game homestand came to a close on Friday, as the Comets came calling.  After killing off an early 5 on 3 (that really never should have been called in the first place, but that’s just me), Albany was on the board first thanks to a Reid Boucher power play goal, his 16th tally of the season.  The Comets would tie it early in the second with a power play goal of their own off the stick of Mike Zalewski (if the name sounds familiar…he is an RPI alum and the younger brother of Steve).  In the third, while killing off another questionable call, a shot from the corner from Jordan Subban found its way past Yann Danis to put Utica ahead 2-1.  But just as fast, Boucher would strike again with his second of the night to tie it up at 2.  Then again, just as fast, an all alone Andrey Pedan would put the Comets ahead 3-2.  Then for the second straight game, late heroics would come through again for the home team.  With 1:59 to go and Yann Danis ready to exit for the extra attacker, Brian O’Neill would score his 4th to tie it up at 3, sending the Devils to their second straight overtime.  But this time around wouldn’t end so well, as Zalewski would strip the puck from Marc Andre Gragnani and score the game winner just 46 seconds in to give the Comets their second straight all time win over the Devils, and in turn end a somewhat mediocre 1-2-2 homestand.  Danis would stop 25 of 29 shots.  Birthday boy Jim O’Brien had two assists while O’Neill and three others had helpers.

Vojtech Mozik

Vojtech Mozik

The Lineup:

Mike Sislo-Matt Lorito-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Jim O’Brien-Brian O’Neill

Corey Tropp-Graham Black-Blake Pietila

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Ryan Kujawinski

Vojtech Mozik/Marc-Andre Gragnani

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Yann Danis/Ken Appleby

Out: Seth Helgeson, Joe Blandisi, Blake Coleman, Max Novak, Chris McKelvie, Reece Scarlett, Scott Wedgewood, Pierre-Luc Leblond, Ben Johnson

Power Play: 1 for 5.  Penalty Kill: 2 for 4.  Penalty Minutes: 10.  Shots on Goal: 25.  Shots Allowed: 29.

Highlights:

1/30 at Bridgeport: 4-1 L

It was off to southern Connecticut to finish out the weekend, as the Devils made their first visit of the season to Bridgeport.  Another first on this night–Ken Appleby drew his first AHL starting assignment.  And it would be a learning experience for the young netminder.  Mike Halmo would open the scoring for the hosts midway through the first.  Carter Verhaeghe would double the lead late in the period.  Halmo would strike again early in the second for a 3 goal deficit.  It would take till late in the third period for any signs of life from the offense…and even then it came from Dan Kelly.  He would complete 2/3rds of the Gordie Howe with his third goal of the season to cut the lead to 3-1.  But Halmo would finish off the hat trick with an empty netter to seal the victory for the Sound Tigers.  It wasn’t the greatest of debuts for Appleby, who got no support in stopping 18 of 21 shots.  Ben Thomson and Paul Thompson had the lone assists.  As for special teams?  Good: Perfect 4 for 4 on the kill.  Bad: 0 for 8 on the power play.  If it was the power play of, say, late November/early December, this game could have ended a lot differently.

The Lineup:

Mike Sislo-Matt Lorito-Paul Thompson

Corey Tropp-Jim O’Brien-Brian O’Neill

Blake Pietila-Ryan Kujawinski-Chris McKelvie

Pierre-Luc Leblond-Graham Black-Ben Thomson

Marc-Andre Gragnani/Vojtech Mozik

Dan Kelly/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Ken Appleby/Yann Danis

Out: Seth Helgeson, Joe Blandisi, Rod Pelley, Blake Coleman, Max Novak, Reid Boucher, Raman Hrabarenka, Scott Wedgewood, Ben Johnson

Power Play: 0 for 8.  Penalty Kill: 4 for 4.  Penalty Minutes: 17.  Shots on Goal: 25.  Shots Allowed: 21.

Highlights:

At press time, no video was available anywhere.  Not that there was anything to see here…

My Player of the Week:

I had the winner pegged before Saturday’s game even got started.  Hope everyone enjoyed seeing Reid Boucher light it up Wednesday and Friday, because come next week you’ll likely only see him wearing the NJ on his chest the rest of the season.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Reid Boucher/Mike Sislo (17)

Assists: Matt Lorito (25)

Points: Matt Lorito (35)

+/-: Vojtech Mozik (+21)

Penalty Minutes: Ben Thomson (67)

Wins: Yann Danis (17)

GAA: Scott Wedgewood (1.67)

Save Percentage: Scott Wedgewood (.932)

The Vault:

Oh do I have a good one this week.  Since we have reached All Star weekend, let’s revisit the 2007 classic in Toronto.  You may know quite a few names.

Up North with the Thunder:

After a 3-2 OT loss in Manchester on Sunday, Adirondack returned home on Friday sans Ken Appleby and split a 2 game series with Reading.   On Friday the Thunder shut out the Royals 3-0, with Greg Wolfe scoring twice and Joe Faust contributing an assist.  Reading returned the favor on Saturday with a 3-2 win.  The Thunder return to action on Friday, as they start a two game home series against Norfolk.

This Week’s Schedule:

While Mike Sislo and Yann Danis are in Syracuse, everyone else gets a nice five day breather.  But it’s back to work with a pair of games starting on Friday night in Providence, then back home to face Hartford Saturday afternoon.

And guess who else will be in Syracuse…me!  Making my second consecutive trip to AHL All Stars, I will be on hand both nights, so stay tuned for photos and other fun stuff, with a full recap coming either Tuesday or Wednesday.

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Week 16 Recap: Halted at Home

When you’re on an 11 game winning streak at home and about to start an extended homestand, one would think only more good things are to come.

But when you can only support your goaltending with just 5 goals in 3 games…it can end up disastrous.  The only good thing the Devils can take out of a 1 out of 6 point week is not losing their position in the division.

1/20 vs. Hartford: 3-2 L (OT)

Ben Thomson

Ben Thomson

It was back home on Wednesday as Albany kicked off a 5 game homestand against the Wolfpack, looking to extend their home winning streak to 12 games.  After a relatively quiet first period that saw Albany outshoot their visitors 12-5 (significant considering what happened Saturday in Utica…it took more than two-thirds of the game for the Devils to even get that many shots), the Wolfpack got on the board twice in a 5:18 span against Scott Wedgewood.  Nicklas Jensen would score just 31 seconds into the period, followed by Ryan Bourque.  Those two goals came on just three Wolfpack shots for the period (ouch).  But the Devils fourth line would get the home team back in the game late…a pair of goals by Ben Thomson 3:01 apart would tie things up heading into the third.  Despite Albany outshooting Hartford 12-4, nothing would come across on either side, and it was off to overtime for the second straight game and third time in four games.  Just as it looked like the Devils would finally be going to their first shootout of the season…Chad Nehring would get the puck past Wedgewood with just 32.6 seconds to go in overtime, stopping Albany’s home win streak at 11 (but to put a positive spin on it, extending the point streak to 12).  Outside of the second period, it wasn’t all bad for Wedgewood, as he stopped 14 of 17 shots.  Three different Devils each had helpers.

Matt Lorito

Matt Lorito

The Lineup:

Brian O’Neill-Matt Lorito-Mike Sislo

Corey Tropp-Jim O’Brien-Paul Thompson

Blake Pietila-Graham Black-Ryan Kujawinski

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Seth Helgeson/Vojtech Mozik

Marc-Andre Gragnani/Reece Scarlett

Dan Kelly/Corbin McPherson

Scott Wedgewood/Yann Danis

Out: Brandon Burlon, Blake Coleman, Max Novak, Raman Hrabarenka, Pierre-Luc Leblond

Power Play: 0 for 3.  Penalty Kill: 2 for 2.  Penalty Minutes: 4.  Shots on Goal: 34.  Shots Allowed: 17.

Highlights:

Friday: Just before morning skate, forward Ben Johnson was recalled from Adirondack.  In 12 games with the Thunder he scored 3 goals and assisted on 3 others.  And with New Jersey down to 5 defensemen before heading to Winnipeg and Pittsburgh, Seth Helgeson was recalled under emergency conditions.

1/22 vs. St. John’s: 4-2 L

Scott Wedgewood

Scott Wedgewood

Without Helgeson or Matt Lorito in the lineup (due to an ankle injury suffered on Wednesday) the Devils pressed on, starting a two game set with John Scott and the IceCaps.  Things looked back to normal for the Devils in the first, as they outshot the visitors 11-4 and Jim O’Brien, who took Lorito’s first line spot, picked up his 8th goal of the season.  But St. John’s would turn the tide in the second…in a span of 40 seconds, they would tie it, only to lose the lead to O’Brien’s second goal, then tie the game up once again.  But while on a 5 on 3 penalty kill, Charles Hudon would find the back of the net for a 3-2 IceCaps lead.  In the third, Albany only allowed one shot on goal to St. John’s…but that shot would take an extremely lucky bounce off of Sven Andrighetto and cross the goal line, giving the IceCaps an insurance goal.  Albany would put up just seven shots in the third but could not make the comeback, extending the winless streak to four games.  Yann Danis had one of those unlucky/want those back nights, stopping 13 of 17.  Mike Sislo, who was questionable after leaving Wednesday’s game, did play and managed the lone assist.

Corbin McPherson

Corbin McPherson

The Lineup:

Mike Sislo-Jim O’Brien-Brian O’Neill

Corey Tropp-Ryan Kujawinski-Blake Pietila

Ben Thomson-Graham Black-Ben Johnson

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Pierre-Luc Leblond

Vojtech Mozik/Marc-Andre Gragnani

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Reece Scarlett/Corbin McPherson

Yann Danis/Scott Wedgewood

Out: Brandon Burlon, Blake Coleman, Max Novak, Paul Thompson (vet), Matt Lorito

1/23 vs. St. John’s: 2-1 L

Mike Sislo

Mike Sislo

About 17 hours later, time for the rematch.  This time Scott Wedgewood would man the net, and he got off to a good start, stopping all 11 IceCap shots in the first period.  But he would run into trouble in the second, as Gabriel Dumont would put the visitors on the board first.  A late power play goal by Sven Andrighetto would double the deficit.  But early in the third Albany would show some sign of life, as Vojtech Mozik would score on a power play to cut the lead to 2-1.  Despite a rush of shots late in the game, the Devils just could not get the equalizer, and the IceCaps would sweep the two game series, pushing the Devils losing streak to 5.  Wedgewood took a hard luck loss in net, stopping 20 of 22 shots.  Reece Scarlett and Ryan Kujawinski had the lone helpers.

It's not everyday you get to see the captain of the NHL Pacific Division All-Stars...

It’s not everyday you get to see the captain of the NHL Pacific Division All-Stars…

The Lineup:

Mike Sislo-Jim O’Brien-Brian O’Neill

Corey Tropp-Ryan Kujawinski-Paul Thompson

Ben Thomson-Graham Black-Blake Pietila

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Ben Johnson

Vojtech Mozik/Marc-Andre Gragnani

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Brandon Burlon/Reece Scarlett

Scott Wedgewood/Yann Danis

Out: Blake Coleman, Max Novak, Matt Lorito, Pierre-Luc Leblond, Corbin McPherson

Power Play: 1 for 2.  Penalty Kill: 2 for 3.  Penalty Minutes: 23.  Shots on Goal: 33.  Shots Allowed: 22.

Highlights:

My Player of the Week:

With two goals each this week, I’ll split the award between Ben Thomson and Jim O’Brien.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Mike Sislo (16)

Assists: Matt Lorito (23)

Points: Matt Lorito (33)

+/-: Vojtech Mozik (+19)

Penalty Minutes: Ben Thomson (62)

Wins: Yann Danis (16)

GAA: Scott Wedgewood (1.72)

Save Percentage: Scott Wedgewood (.933)

The Vault:

Back to 2011, when Brian O’Neill was the captain at Yale…and that hair…

Up North with the Thunder:

It was a record setting beginning of the week for the Thunder…but then things went downhill after that.  The goaltending tandem of Ken Appleby and Kent Simpson set a new ECHL record on Monday, going 251:51 without giving up a goal.  After a 1-0 shutout in Elmira Sunday, Adirondack would defeat Reading 3-1 as Appleby stopped 43 of 44 shots.  Ben Johnson would score his third goal of the season.  Friday in Glens Falls Greg Wolfe would score his seventh, but the Thunder would drop a wild 6-5 shootout to Manchester and former Devil PTO Doug Carr.  On Saturday in New Hampshire, Appleby would drop a 2-1 decision, stopping 34 of 36 shots, while Wolfe assisted on the lone Thunder tally.  After one more matchup in Manchester Sunday afternoon, Adirondack starts a six game homestand, starting with a pair against Reading on Friday and Saturday.

This Week’s Schedule:

A busy three game week heading up to the end of January and the All Star break.  Wednesday, Hershey (and Scott Gomez) will be making their lone visit to the Capital Region this season.  Friday the 5 game homestand wraps up with a visit from Utica.  Then it’s southeast to Bridgeport on Saturday evening to face the Sound Tigers.

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Week 15 Recap: Shutout to Soul Crushing

The Devil week started out very promising, then…everything came crashing down, so to speak.  A 3 point out of 6 week, depending on the schedule and/or the opponent, can either be positive or…so much more.  The latter would fit this week.

1/13 vs. Rochester: 4-0 W

Seth Helgeson

Seth Helgeson

The week began with a visit from Rochester…and former Calder Cup winning goaltender Robin Lehner, down from Buffalo on a conditioning stint.  And it was the most unlikeliest of players who got the home team on the board first…on a deflection in front, what looked like a goal from Corey Tropp was actually credited to Pierre-Luc Leblond, who scored his first in over a calendar year for the 1-0 lead.  Matt Lorito would double the lead with his 9th late in the second period.  Then Albany would put the game away in the third, as Brian O’Neill (3rd) and Reid Boucher (14th on a power play) would score 6:17 apart.  And Scott Wedgewood would take care of the rest, as he stopped all 19 Amerk shots to pick up his first shutout of the season and his fifth straight win, and Albany picked up their 11th straight win on home ice.  Mike Sislo added two assists, while O’Neill and three other Devils each had helpers.

Celebrating 11 in a row!

Celebrating 11 in a row!

The Lineup:

Brian O’Neill-Matt Lorito-Mike Sislo

Corey Tropp-Graham Black-Reid Boucher

Chris McKelvie-Ryan Kujawinski-Blake Pietila

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Pierre-Luc Leblond

Seth Helgeson/Vojtech Mozik

Dan Kelly/Reece Scarlett

Raman Hrabarenka/Corbin McPherson

Scott Wedgewood/Yann Danis

Out: Brandon Burlon, Blake Coleman, Max Novak

Power Play: 1 for 4.  Penalty Kill: 2 for 2.  Penalty Minutes: 9.  Shots on Goal: 39.  Shots Allowed: 19.

Highlights:

Thursday: Good news for Albany’s roster crunch, as Paul Thompson was sent down to make room for Tuomo Ruutu’s return from injured reserve.  In his first NHL stint, he appeared in 3 games without getting a point.

Friday: More roster maneuvering: Jim O’Brien and Marc Andre Gragnani were sent down, but in their place Reid Boucher and Brian O’Neill were recalled, joining the parent club in Arizona.  O’Brien and Gragnani appeared in 4 games each, but with no points.

1/15 at Providence: 5-2 L

With a depleted forward corps, it was due east to Providence to take on the Bruins, who came into the night with a 9 game home winning streak of their own.  Seth Helgeson would get the visitors on the board first with his second goal of the season in the first.  Chris Casto would tie things up during the second.  Early in the third, Noel Acciari’s 5th goal early in the third would put the Bruins ahead 2-1, but 27 seconds later Matt Lorito’s 10th goal of the season would quickly re-tie the game.  Then late in the period Providence would shift it into high gear…on the Devils second too many men call of the game, Alexander Khokhlachev would score on the ensuing power play to break the tie.  Just over a minute later, he would assist on a Brandon DeFazio goal for a 2 goal cushion.  And to finish it off, an empty netter by Seth Griffith with one minute remaining, handing the Devils their first regulation loss of 2016, snapping their point streak at 8.  Yann Danis stopped 34 of 38 shots.  Lorito and three other Devils each had assists.

The Lineup:

Mike Sislo-Matt Lorito-Corey Tropp

Ryan Kujawinski-Graham Black-Paul Thompson

Chris McKelvie-Blake Pietila-Max Novak

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Pierre Luc Leblond

Dan Kelly/Reece Scarlett

Seth Helgeson/Vojtech Mozik

Raman Hrabarenka/Corbin McPherson

Yann Danis/Scott Wedgewood

Out: Brandon Burlon, Blake Coleman, Jim O’Brien, Marc Andre Gragnani

Power Play: 0 for 3.  Penalty Kill: 3 for 4.  Penalty Minutes: 15.  Shots on Goal: 33.  Shots Allowed: 39.

Highlights: Video here via AHL Live.

1/16 at Utica: 1-0 L (OT)

Raman Hrabarenka

Raman Hrabarenka

To finish off the week, it was back to Utica for the second time in 17 days, as the Devils looked to extend their all time winning streak against the Comets.  And from the beginning, it appeared Utica did not want to see that happen.  It took Albany a majority of the first period to even get one shot on goal, while the Comets peppered Scott Wedgewood with 17 of them.  But no one was able to score.  In the second period, more of the same…Devils did manage to get six shots while Wedgewood stopped all 10 he saw in the middle 20.  A repeat of the same in the third…only six more Devil shots (when they actually could manage to get in the offensive zone that is), while Wedgewood was practically standing on his head in stopping all 13 Comet chances.  Even with a 3 on 3 overtime, early on neither side could break through.  But finally, with 1:55 standing between the Devils and their possible first shootout of the season…heartbreak for Wedgewood, as the Comets 44th shot of the game off the stick of Carter Bancks made it in, earning Utica the OT win and breaking the winless curse after 10 all time meetings.  Wedgewood deserved so much better in stopping a career high 43 shots, but the rest of the team had nothing to show for it.  The Devils actually had more penalty minutes (18) than shots (14), but special teams did manage to kill off all 6 Utica power plays.

Marc Andre Gragnani

Marc Andre Gragnani

The Lineup:

Jim O’Brien-Ryan Kujawinski-Corey Tropp

Mike Sislo-Matt Lorito-Paul Thompson

Max Novak-Graham Black-Blake Pietila

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Chris McKelvie

Dan Kelly/Corbin McPherson

Marc Andre Gragnani/Raman Hrabarenka

Seth Helgeson/Vojtech Mozik

Scott Wedgewood/Yann Danis

Out: Brandon Burlon, Blake Coleman, Reece Scarlett, Pierre Luc Leblond

Power Play: 0 for 4.  Penalty Kill: 6 for 6.  Penalty Minutes: 18.  Shots on Goal: 14.  Shots Allowed: 44.

Highlights:

My Player of the Week:

Scott Wedgewood is the obvious choice this week…63 saves on 64 shots over two games, including his first shutout of the season and seemingly being the only player to show up Saturday night.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Mike Sislo (16)

Assists: Matt Lorito (23)

Points: Matt Lorito (33)

+/-: Vojtech Mozik (+20)

Penalty Minutes: 2 tied with 60

Wins: Yann Danis (16)

GAA: Scott Wedgewood (1.53)

Save Percentage: Scott Wedgewood (.944)

The Vault:

Before he was a Devil…Chris McKelvie was a fighting Whale.

Up North with the Thunder:

A good week for Adirondack as they picked up back to back shutout victories over Norfolk on Tuesday and Reading on Saturday.  Greg Wolfe picked up an assist in Tuesday’s 1-0 win.  Ken Appleby stopped all 36 Royal shots on Saturday to pick up his 13th win and 3rd shutout of the season.  Joe Faust scored his second goal of the season on a power play while Wolfe added another assist.  The Thunder hit the road for four of their next five, starting in Elmira on Sunday afternoon before heading to Reading on Monday.  After a home game Friday with Manchester, they then head to New Hampshire for an additional two game set with the Monarchs on Saturday and Sunday.

This Week’s Schedule:

Good news for Albany…it’s the beginning of a 5 game homestand.  On Wednesday Hartford finally makes their first visit of the season.  Then St. John’s comes in for a two game set on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

Also coming up this week…the halfway point of the schedule. Look for a first half numbers wrapup on Thursday.

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Week 14 Recap: Almost Another Lucky Seven

Four forwards lost to New Jersey, leaving just the bare minimum of skaters needed.  A 3 in 3 weekend.

No problem for these Devils, who extended one win streak, had a second one snapped, and saw a lot of goals cross the line.  The result?  Five out of six points and a stranglehold on second place in the division.

 1/8 vs. Syracuse: 6-4 W

Joe Blandisi

Joe Blandisi

Back on home ice for the first time in 2016, the Devils faced off against the Crunch for the fourth time this season.  Well, namely former first round pick Jonathan Drouin, who was making his 15-16 Crunch debut after being sent down by Tampa Bay the weekend before.  But it would be another recent send-down that would make the first move…just 12 seconds into the second Devil power play of the game, Mike Sislo would score his league leading 10th power play goal (14th overall) for a 1-0 lead.  But Drouin would not be denied, as he scored a pretty goal less than two minutes later to tie it up.  But just as quickly, Corey Tropp would score his 9th for a 2-1 advantage.  With less than a minute to go in the first period, it would be Drouin again tying the game up.  In the second, there would be a goalie switch due to illness (Kristers Gudlevskis would leave early in favor of Adam Wilcox) and Rod Pelley (with his 3rd of the season) and Syracuse’s Jeff Tambellini would trade goals midway through the period to keep the game deadlocked going into the final stanza.  In the third, Tambellini would score his second to give the Crunch a 4-3 lead.  But the home team would come through in the clutch, as Sislo’s second power play goal of the night and a tally by Matt Lorito just 1:04 apart would put Albany back on top.  Reid Boucher would score into an empty net for the icing on the cake, clinching the Devils’ 9th straight home ice win and 5th straight win overall.  Yann Danis stopped 19 of 23 shots and picked up win #16.  Joe Blandisi would contribute 3 assists, while Reece Scarlett had two helpers of his own.

It's a captains duel!

It’s a captains duel!

The Lineup:

Brian O’Neill-Matt Lorito-Mike Sislo

Reid Boucher-Joe Blandisi-Corey Tropp

Graham Black-Blake Pietila-Chris McKelvie

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Pierre-Luc Leblond

Seth Helgeson/Vojtech Mozik

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Reece Scarlett/Corbin McPherson

Yann Danis/Scott Wedgewood

Out: Brandon Burlon, Max Novak, Blake Coleman, Ryan Kujawinski

Power Play: 2 for 6.  Penalty Kill: 2 for 2.  Penalty Minutes: 21.  Shots on Goal: 31.  Shots Allowed: 23.

Highlights:

Saturday: With another forward in New Jersey (this time Jiri Tlusty) going down with an injury, Joe Blandisi was recalled for the second time this season, and just in time for a 4 game road swing for the parent club.

1/9 vs. Lehigh Valley: 4-2 W

Blake Pietila

Blake Pietila

Less than 24 hours later…back at it, as the former Northway rivals the Phantoms made their only visit to the Capital Region all season.  With three forwards on recall to New Jersey, someone else had to step up offensively…who knew it would be Seth Helgeson?  His first goal of the season came halfway through the first period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.  Joe Rehkamp would tie the game up for the visitors early in the second period.  After that, the top power play in the league would take over once again.  Just eight seconds after the first power play of the day began, Blake Pietila would score his 6th of the season to put Albany ahead 2-1.  Then on a 5 on 3 advantage late in the period, Brian O’Neill would score his second of the season for a 3-1 lead.  Mike Sislo would add on to the lead early in the third with his 16th of the season.  The Phantoms would cut the lead to 4-2, but were shut down the rest of the way.  With New Jersey GM Ray Shero in attendance, Albany would take their 10th straight on home ice and 6th in a row overall.  Scott Wedgewood won his fourth straight start in net, stopping 26 of 28 Phantom shots.  Reece Scarlett would recover from a bout in the first period that saw him miss 17 minutes, but he still managed two more assists.  Sislo and Matt Lorito also had two helpers.

Hockey Hugs after a job well done!

Hockey Hugs after a job well done!

The Lineup:

Brian O’Neill-Matt Lorito-Mike Sislo

Reid Boucher-Graham Black-Corey Tropp

Blake Pietila-Ryan Kujawinski-Chris McKelvie

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Pierre-Luc Leblond

Seth Helgeson/Vojtech Mozik

Dan Kelly/Reece Scarlett

Raman Hrabarenka/Corbin McPherson

Scott Wedgewood/Yann Danis

Out: Brandon Burlon, Blake Coleman, Max Novak

Power Play: 2 for 4.  Penalty Kill: 4 for 4.  Penalty Minutes: 23.  Shots on Goal: 31.  Shots Allowed: 28.

Highlights:

1/10 at Hartford: 4-3 L (OT)

It was back to the Connecticut state capital for the second time in 8 days, as Albany made its final visit of the season to Hartford to face the Wolfpack.  And just like last Saturday, the Devils would find themselves in a hole in the first…Marek Hrivik would score 5 minutes into the game for a 1-0 lead.  But on a very pretty goal later in the period, Corey Tropp’s tenth of the season would tie it up.  Dan Kelly would break the tie early in the second period with his second goal of the season…but Hartford would answer midway through the period and tie it up on a Chris McCarthy tally.  The seesaw battle would tip back into the Devils favor late in the second on a power play goal by Ryan Kujawinski for a 3-2 lead.  But once again the Wolfpack would answer and early in the third, Josh Nicholls would tie it up with his first professional goal.  That would be one of just two Hartford shots given up by Albany for the final 20 minutes.  The game would get to overtime, but it didn’t last very long…former Union captain Mat Bodie would score the winner on the first shot taken 19 seconds in to give the Wolfpack the win and halt the Devils win streak at 6.  Yann Danis would stop 15 of 19 shots.  Reece Scarlett would have another two assists, while three other Devils each had helpers.  And not one Devil would serve time in the penalty box, as only two minors were called the entire game, both on Hartford.

The Lineup:

Brian O’Neill-Matt Lorito-Mike Sislo

Reid Boucher-Graham Black-Corey Tropp

Blake Pietila-Ryan Kujawinski-Chris McKelvie

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Pierre-Luc Leblond

Seth Helgeson/Vojtech Mozik

Dan Kelly/Reece Scarlett

Raman Hrabarenka/Corbin McPherson

Yann Danis/Scott Wedgewood

Out: Brandon Burlon, Blake Coleman, Max Novak

Power Play: 1 for 2.  Penalty Kill: None.  Penalty Minutes: 0.  Shots on Goal: 34.  Shots Allowed: 19.

Highlights:

My Player of the Week:

There were several deserving candidates for this honor…but I’m going to split it between Mike Sislo and Reece Scarlett, who both had 6 point weekends.  Scarlett doubled his season total for points in one weekend, which is quite impressive.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Mike Sislo (16)

Assists: Matt Lorito (22)

Points: Matt Lorito (30)

+/-: Vojtech Mozik (+19)

Penalty Minutes: Pierre-Luc Leblond (60)

Wins: Yann Danis (16)

GAA: Scott Wedgewood (1.89)

Save Percentage: Scott Wedgewood (.927)

The Vault:

With narration by Doc and Chico and a cameo appearance by David Clarkson, we’re going back to 2008 and one of many PL3 classics…considering his opponent is now a Phantoms assistant coach, it’s a perfect tie-in for this week.

Up North with the Thunder:

Not a bad week for Adirondack, as they took 2 out of 3 on home ice.  In a 5-2 win over Manchester on Wednesday, Alex Carrier would score his 3rd goal of the season, while Greg Wolfe contributed one assist.  Carrier would assist on the lone goal Friday in a 5-1 loss to South Carolina.  Ken Appleby returned to the net Saturday and picked up a 4-2 win over the Stingrays, stopping 22 of 24 shots, with Carrier assisting on a late empty netter.  The homestand continues on Tuesday when Norfolk comes to visit, followed by Reading on Saturday before traveling to Elmira on Sunday afternoon.

This Week’s Schedule:

A three game in four day week awaits.  Wednesday the Devils return home to take on Rochester.  Then it’s on the road for Friday and Saturday: Friday night in Providence for the second time this season, then back to Utica on Saturday to face the Comets.

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Week 13 Recap: New Year, Same Dominance

The calendar may have turned over to a new year, but it’s the same story for the Devils…another perfect week in the books!

12/30 vs. Utica: 3-2 W (OT)

Rod Pelley

Rod Pelley

For the last home game of 2015, the Devils played host to the Comets, who came into the night on a 8 game road winning streak…meanwhile Albany had won their last seven in a row on home ice, so…something had to give.

Reece Scarlett would get the hosts on the board early in the first period with his first goal of the season.  But the Comets would tie it up later in the period on a power play goal by Blair Jones, a rare misstep for the #1 penalty kill in the league.  But the Devils would take the lead back early in the second on Jim O’Brien’s 5th of the season.  Things would calm down offensively after that (but things would get physical on quite a few occasions), and going into the third, Albany appeared to be back to their old defensive selves, only allowing the Comets one third period shot through most of the last twenty minutes.  But on their second shot…it would find its way from the stick of Hunter Shinkaruk to behind Yann Danis and into the net, tying the game at 2 with 5:24 remaining in regulation.  The game would go into overtime (earning Utica its first ever point against Albany in 8 tries), and O’Brien would send everyone home happy just 58 seconds into the extra frame with his second goal of the evening.

Danis would pick up win #15 with another outstanding effort, stopping 24 of 26 shots and picking up #2 star honors.  And it was yet another balanced offensive attack, as five different Devils would contribute assists.

Jim O'Brien

Jim O’Brien

The Lineup:

Matt Lorito-Joe Blandisi-Corey Tropp

Paul Thompson-Jim O’Brien-Brian O’Neill

Chris McKelvie-Graham Black-Reid Boucher

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Pierre-Luc Leblond

Marc Andre Gragnani/Reece Scarlett

Dan Kelly/Vojtech Mozik

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Yann Danis/Scott Wedgewood

Out: Seth Helgeson, Blake Coleman, Max Novak, Blake Pietila, Ryan Kujawinski, Raman Hrabarenka

Power Play: 0 for 4.  Penalty Kill: 3 for 4.  Penalty Minutes: 13.  Shots on Goal: 26.  Shots Allowed: 26.

Highlights:

12/31 at Utica: 4-1 W

Scott Wedgewood

Scott Wedgewood

To finish off the 2015 calendar year, the Devils headed west on the Thruway to finish off a home and home with the Comets.  Utica got off to the early 1-0 lead on their third power play of the first (yes, third…it was that kind of start) period, but Jim O’Brien would tie things up shortly thereafter with his third goal in two days.  Second period the Devils would take over the contest and not look back…Reid Boucher would break the tie with 4 and a half minutes left in the second with his 11th goal of the season.  Graham Black’s second of the year would provide a much needed insurance cushion with 7 and a half minutes to go in the third, then finally Paul Thompson would put the exclamation point on a third straight win with an empty netter.  The win also extended the Devils all time winning streak against Utica to 9 games.  Scott Wedgewood drew the starting assignment and played well, stopping 24 of 25 shots in picking up his third win.  Thompson and 4 other Devils would each have helpers.  The game also marked the return of Raman Hrabarenka to the lineup for the first time since he was hurt November 13th in Providence.

Brian O'Neill

Brian O’Neill

The Lineup:

Paul Thompson-Jim O’Brien-Brian O’Neill

Matt Lorito-Joe Blandisi-Corey Tropp

Chris McKelvie-Graham Black-Reid Boucher

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Pierre-Luc Leblond

Dan Kelly/Vojtech Mozik

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Reece Scarlett/Raman Hrabarenka

Scott Wedgewood/Yann Danis

Out: Seth Helgeson, Blake Coleman, Marc Andre Gragnani, Blake Pietila, Ryan Kujawinski, Max Novak

Highlights:

1/2 at Hartford: 4-3 W

Typical Devils-Rangers.

Typical Devils-Rangers.

The Devils started off the 2016 portion of the schedule with their second trip east of the season to Hartford to take on the Wolfpack.  Albany found themselves in a 2-0 hole midway through the first period after Pierre-Luc Leblond was called for a double minor due to a high stick.  Chad Nehring and Ryan Bourque would score 1:21 apart, showing a rare misstep for the penalty killing corps.  But it didn’t take long for the Devils to begin their rally…Matt Lorito would score on the power play three minutes later to cut the lead in half.  Reid Boucher would tie it up late in the second period with his 12th goal of the season.  It looked like Albany would put the game away during the first half of the third period after Corey Tropp (on a power play) and Lorito would score within 3:23 of each other for a 4-2 advantage…but the Wolfpack would cut the lead to one goal with 7:17 to go in regulation.  After a flurry of activity and a late Devil power play, Albany would hold on for a come from behind 4th straight win.  Scott Wedgewood survived a shaky first period and picked up his third straight win, stopping 30 of 33 shots.  Joe Blandisi would add two assists, while Boucher and 5 others each had helpers.  After finishing the first period down 19-5 in shots, the Devils would outshoot Hartford 26-14 over the final forty minutes.

A 4th straight happy celebration...

A 4th straight happy celebration…

The Lineup:

Paul Thompson-Jim O’Brien-Brian O’Neill

Matt Lorito-Joe Blandisi-Corey Tropp

Chris McKelvie-Graham Black-Reid Boucher

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Pierre Luc Leblond

Dan Kelly/Vojtech Mozik

Marc Andre Gragnani/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Scott Wedgewood/Yann Danis

Out: Seth Helgeson, Blake Coleman, Max Novak, Blake Pietila, Ryan Kujawinski, Raman Hrabarenka

Power Play: 2 for 5.  Penalty Kill: 1 for 3.  Penalty Minutes: 11.  Shots on Goal: 32.  Shots Allowed: 33.

Highlights:

My Player of the Week:

There were several quality candidates for this week’s honor but…Jim O’Brien and his 3 goal/4 point week get the nod.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Reid Boucher (12)

Assists: Matt Lorito (18)

Points: Matt Lorito (25)

+/-: Vojtech Mozik (+17)

Penalty Minutes: Pierre-Luc Leblond (58)

Wins: Yann Danis (15)

GAA: Scott Wedgewood (1.87)

Save Percentage: Scott Wedgewood (.926)

The Vault:

Early in the 2009-10 season, Martin Brodeur’s backup would beat the Bruins 2-1.  Here’s his postgame interview:

Up North with the Thunder:

It’s been an up and down week for the boys in Adirondack, as they went 2-2 over a busy week.  Tuesday they dropped a 3-1 decision to Greenville at home, then defeated Reading in a shootout on New Years Eve.  They started off 2016 by being shut out 5-0 to the Royals in Pennsylvania on Saturday before returning the favor Sunday afternoon 3-2.  Ken Appleby went 1-1, winning the shootout on Thursday (26/27 saves) and taking the loss on Saturday (26/31).  He is now 11-7-1-1 with a 2.41 GAA and a .916 save percentage.  Joe Faust and Alexandre Carrier appeared in all 4 games and were both scoreless (Carrier did have a fighting major on Sunday), while Ben Johnson appeared in just two games before sitting out the road trip in Reading.  Greg Wolfe notched a goal and an assist in 4 appearances.  On tap this week: the start of a 5 game homestand, as Adirondack hosts Manchester on Wednesday and a two game set against South Carolina Friday and Saturday night.

This Week’s Schedule:

It’s the first 3 in 3 weekend of 2016, but it’s a relatively easy one travel wise.  Friday night Albany hosts the Crunch for the third time in a month.  Saturday afternoon Lehigh Valley comes in for their only visit of the season.  Then it’s back east to Hartford on Sunday afternoon to take on the Wolfpack for the second time in 8 days.

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Week 12 Recap: Evacuation then Excellence

It was quite the one game week after coming back from Christmas for the Devils.  After real life interrupted, they got back on track in a big way.

12/26 vs. Providence: 4-1 W

After a much needed 6 day break after an 0-4 road trip, the Devils returned to home ice for the first time in 15 days to take on the Bruins.  But things took a scary turn before warmups could even get underway: a suspicious item found under a vehicle in one of the side parking lots caused the arena to be evacuated, delaying the start of the game by nearly 90 minutes.  Once the investigation was completed (it turned out to be a toy with flashing lights), everyone was allowed back in the building and things got underway.  (Side note: thanks to a family Christmas gathering, I missed out on all of that and ended up arriving just after puck drop.)

After a mostly quiet first period, and just 22 seconds into their first power play of the contest, Matt Lorito would score his fifth goal of the season late in the period for a 1-0 advantage.  After a scoreless second, Albany would take command in the third period.  Brian O’Neill would score just 13 seconds into the third, his first goal since coming down for New Jersey, for a 2-0 lead.  Graham Black would add his first goal of the season 5:36 later for a 3-0 advantage.  Austin Czarnik would break up Scott Wedgewood’s shutout bid with just over 10 minutes remaining to cut the lead to 3-1.  But Corey Tropp would put the cherry on top late with an empty netter to seal the win, breaking a 4 game losing streak.  Wedgewood stopped 27 of 28 shots to pick up his second win of the season.  It was a very balanced offensive attack, as 12 of 18 Devil skaters registered at least one point.

The Lineup:

Matt Lorito-Joe Blandisi-Mike Sislo

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Jim O’Brien-Brian O’Neill-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Graham Black-Corey Tropp

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Dan Kelly/Vojtech Mozik

Marc Andre Gragnani/Reece Scarlett

Scott Wedgewood/Yann Danis

Out: Seth Helgeson, Blake Coleman, Max Novak, Blake Pietila, Ryan Kujawinski, Raman Hrabarenka, Pierre-Luc Leblond

Power Play: 1 for 1.  Penalty Kill: 3 for 3.  Penalty Minutes: 6.  Shots on Goal: 27.  Shots Allowed: 28.

Highlights:

My Player of the Week:

With so many contributors to the win…have to give it to the man between the pipes.  After a disasterous road trip, it was good to see Scott Wedgewood rebound in a big way.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Mike Sislo (13)

Assists: Matt Lorito (17)

Points: Mike Sislo (23)

+/-: Vojtech Mozik (+13)

Penalty Minutes: Ben Thomson/Dan Kelly (44)

Wins: Yann Danis (14)

GAA: Scott Wedgewood (1.78)

Save Percentage: Scott Wedgewood (.922)

The Vault:

Since it’s World Junior Championship time…let’s go back to 2011 and an interview with Reid Boucher while he was a member of Team USA.

Up North with the Thunder:

Adirondack returned from the Christmas break with a home and home split against Manchester.  Saturday night they defeated the Monarchs on home ice, as Greg Wolfe scored his 5th goal and Ben Johnson contributed an assist.  Sunday afternoon in New Hampshire Ken Appleby suffered a 2-0 loss, stopping 24 of 26 shots.  The Thunder have a 4 game week upcoming, hosting Greenville on Tuesday and Reading on Thursday, then head to Pennsylvania on Saturday and Sunday for a two game set against the Royals.

This Week’s Schedule:

It’s a busy one as we say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016.  Albany closes the calendar year with a home and home set against Utica…Wednesday at home, New Year’s Eve in Utica.  Then 2016 starts on the road with a trip east to Hartford to face the Wolfpack.

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Week 11 Recap: Christmas Collapse

And that title was the nicest way I could think to describe a week where you’re outscored 12-4 and you go from winning 7 in a row to dropping an entire road trip before going on a holiday break.

12/15 @ St. John’s: 3-2 L

The road trip headed up north…way up north…to Newfoundland, as the Devils started a two game set against the IceCaps.  It didn’t take long for the hosts to strike first, as Mark MacMillan would score 1:45 into the contest for a 1-0 lead.  Rod Pelley would tie things up later in the period with his second goal of the season.  St. John’s would seemingly put the game away late in the second, scoring twice in a span of 1:44 to go up 3-1.  But the Devils would try to rally in the third, as Corey Tropp would score his 6th midway through the period to get to within one.  But despite putting up 21 shots on goal in the third, Albany could get no closer, and suffered their second straight defeat.  Yann Danis would stop 28 of 31 shots, and three Devils (including the returning Chris McKelvie) would have assists.  Albany would put up a season high 46 shots on net for the contest.

The Lineup:

Paul Thompson-Matt Lorito-Mike Sislo

Reid Boucher-Jim O’Brien-Corey Tropp

Blake Pietila-Graham Black-Ryan Kujawinski

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Dan Kelly/Marc Andre Gragnani

Seth Helgeson/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Yann Danis/Scott Wedgewood

Out: Blake Coleman, Max Novak, Raman Hrabarenka (inj), Vojtech Mozik, Pierre Luc Leblond, Greg Wolfe (healthy)

Power Play: 0 for 4.  Penalty Kill: 4 for 4.  Penalty Minutes: 12.  Shots on Goal: 46.  Shots Allowed: 31.

Highlights:

Wednesday: After appearing in his first three NHL games, Joe Blandisi was returned to Albany.  Naturally he wasn’t able to travel to St. John’s in time for the rematch.

12/16 @ St. John’s: 5-1 L

A few lineup changes for the rematch: Scott Wedgewood drew the starting assignment, while Vojtech Mozik and Corbin McPherson swapped places.  And much like the night before, the IceCaps got things started very quickly.  Michael McCarron would score just 30 seconds after the puck drop for a 1-0 lead.  St. John’s was not finished, as they would score twice in a 2:08 span (the latter goal coming on a power play), and the Devils were staring at a 3-0 deficit just 8:29 into the contest.  That would end Wedgewood’s evening early, as he was pulled in favor of Yann Danis.  To add injury to insult, a scary moment for Mike Sislo as he had to leave the ice on a stretcher due to an apparent left leg injury.  Second period, things began to look up…Sislo would make a miraculous return and Blake Pietila would score to cut the lead to 3-1.  But the IceCaps would regain their three goal advantage late in the period.  Third period the Devils would throw everything at IceCaps goaltender Eddie Pasquale, putting up 21 shots on net…but nothing was getting past him.  The Devils did revert back to their old habits, only allowing 4 shots in the period…but one would get past Danis and give McCarron a hat trick.  Despite putting up 46 shots for the second straight night, going on 9 power plays, and outshooting the hosts 39-11 over the final 40 minutes, the Devils would get swept by the IceCaps and suffer a third straight defeat.  Danis played well in relief of Wedgewood, stopping 15 of 17.

The Lineup:

Paul Thompson-Matt Lorito-Mike Sislo

Reid Boucher-Jim O’Brien-Corey Tropp

Blake Pietila-Graham Black-Ryan Kujawinski

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Seth Helgeson/Vojtech Mozik

Dan Kelly/Marc Andre Gragnani

Brandon Burlon/Reece Scarlett

Scott Wedgewood/Yann Danis

Out: Blake Coleman, Max Novak, Raman Hrabarenka, Pierre Luc Leblond, Corbin McPherson, Greg Wolfe

Power Play: 0 for 9.  Penalty Kill: 4 for 6.  Penalty Minutes: 17.  Shots on Goal: 46.  Shots Allowed: 23.

Highlights:

Thursday: The offense got a nice boost as forward Brian O’Neill, last year’s AHL MVP, cleared waivers and was assigned to Albany.  In 22 games with New Jersey, he posted two assists and was a -3 while mostly seeing fourth line minutes.  With O’Neill and Blandisi arriving from the big club, Greg Wolfe was released from his professional tryout and returned to Adirondack.

12/19 at Rochester: 4-1 L

While I was in Newark watching the big club drop a 2-1 decision to the Ducks, Albany tried to salvage the end of their road trip in Rochester against the Amerks.  And…that didn’t go so well, as the hosts put a 4 spot on Yann Danis in the first period.  In a span of 14:16 in the opening period, Tim Schaller, Patrick Kaleta (yes, that guy), Nick Baptiste, and Colby Robak would all find the back of the net.  And for the second straight game, a call to the bullpen was made, as Scott Wedgewood would come in to start the second period.  And things would settle down defensively from there, as Albany would outshoot the Amerks 22-12 over the final 40 minutes, and Wedgewood would stop all 12 of those shots.  But again, the Devils had trouble getting back into the game after getting in an early hole, as Brandon Burlon would score the lone Devil goal early in the third period.  It was almost a 4-2 contest late, but the goal was waved off.  With the loss, Albany finished the road swing 0-4 and searching for answers as to what happened after leaving home on December 11th.  Ryan Kujawinski and Reid Boucher had the lone assists.

The Lineup:

Brian O’Neill-Joe Blandisi-Mike Sislo

Paul Thompson-Jim O’Brien-Corey Tropp

Reid Boucher-Blake Pietila-Ryan Kujawinski

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Dan Kelly/Vojtech Mozik

Marc Andre Gragnani/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Yann Danis/Scott Wedgewood

Out: Blake Coleman, Max Novak, Raman Hrabarenka, Seth Helgeson, Matt Lorito, Pierre-Luc Leblond, Graham Black

Power Play: 0 for 2.  Penalty Kill: 3 for 3.  Penalty Minutes: 11.  Shots on Goal: 31.  Shots Allowed: 24.

Highlights:

My Player of the Week:

Well…um…who to pick?  Eh, if you scored a goal this week, you win?  That’s all I got.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Mike Sislo (13)

Assists: Matt Lorito (17)

Points: Mike Sislo (22)

+/-: Vojtech Mozik (+13)

Penalty Minutes: Ben Thomson (44)

Wins: Yann Danis (14)

GAA: Yann Danis (2.01)

Save Percentage: Yann Danis (.919)

The Vault:

Changing things up this week with the holiday…and since I’ve seen this guy in the building a few times this season it sort of counts…here’s one of the famous San Jose holiday videos featuring Ryane Clowe (oh and this year’s Behind the Video collection? Hilarious)

Up North with the Thunder:

Adirondack had a 2-2 week leading up to their Christmas break, winning in Manchester Sunday afternoon, nearly coming back in a home loss to Elmira on Wednesday, then splitting a two game set in Norfolk over the weekend.  After a strong start, Ken Appleby has slumped as of late, dropping both of his starts this week: a 6-4 loss to Elmira on Wednesday only saw him stop 10 of 15 shots, then a 2-1 decision to Norfolk on Saturday, where he had 26 saves.  He has not won since December 3rd in Brampton, and now sits at 10-5-1-1 with a 2.37 GAA and .918 save percentage for the season.  Ben Johnson played in all 4 games this week, scoring his first goal of the season Friday night.  He has one goal and three assists in 6 games.  Joe Faust scored his first of the season on Wednesday, and had two assists on Friday against the Admirals.  He has seven points in 16 games.  Alexandre Carrier contributed an assist on Wednesday…in 18 games he has 2 goals and 4 assists.  Greg Wolfe scored in his return to the Thunder on Friday.

This Week’s Schedule:

After taking a few days off for the holidays, it’s back to work on Saturday, as the Devils return to home ice for the first time since December 11th to take on Providence.

Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday season and Merry Christmas!

 

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