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Playoffs Recap, Week 2: The Final Act

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.  Sadly this week, that came true for Albany, who saw their first round series with the IceCaps go off the tracks once they reached Canada, only managing one goal in their final two games.  On with the final recap of the season:

Game 3: St. John’s 1, Albany 0

The series shifted to Newfoundland on Wednesday night, where a sold out whiteout was in effect.   The Icecaps dominated in shots during the first period, outshooting the Devils 17-6.  But Keith Kinkaid was up to the challenge, making quite a few big stops early on.  But off a Darcy Zajac turnover, Kael Mouillerat would breakaway and score with 2:10 left in the period for a 1-0 lead.  And that goal would stand up for goaltender Michael Hutchinson, as he only had to stop 8 Devil shots in the second period.  Third period Albany would outshoot St. John’s 10-5, but with still nothing getting past Hutchinson, it was too little too late.  Hutchinson would stop all 24 Albany shots, and the Devils found themselves in a 2-1 series hole.  Kinkaid was outstanding in net, stopping 34 of 35 shots.  The penalty kill was a little busy thanks to 3 minors in a span of 8 minutes from Jon Merrill, among others, but managed to go 6 for 6.

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Tim Sestito-Mike Sislo

Reid Boucher-Scott Timmins-Harri Pesonen

Mattias Tedenby-Kelly Zajac-Stefan Matteau

Darcy Zajac-Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley

Extra: Cam Janssen, Mike Hoeffel, David Wohlberg, Cam Janssen, Graham Black, Ben Johnson

Defense Pairings:

Jon Merrill/Alexander Urbom

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Eric Gelinas/Adam Larsson

Extra: Brandon Burlon, Raman Hrabarenka, Reece Scarlett, Dan Kelly (inj.)

Game 4: St. John’s 4, Albany 1

Throw in all the must win cliches you want and they all would describe the Devils situation going into Friday night’s Game 4.  Unlike the night before, Albany outshot the hosts 12-6 in the first period.  But it was former River Rat killer Andrew Gordon (who was a key cog in sweeping the River Rats in their last ever playoff series while with Hershey) who got the IceCaps on the board 3:47 into the first.  He would then add a shorthanded goal 8 minutes into the second for a 2-0 lead.  Jon Merrill would answer less than 2 minutes later with a goal of his own, cutting the lead to 2-1.  But that was all the offense the Devils could muster.  Gordon would singlehandedly put the nail in the proverbial coffin by completing the hat trick on a power play late in the second for a 3-1 advantage.   John Albert would add a goal to make it a 3 goal lead.  And Michael Hutchinson took care of the rest, stopping 39 of 40 Devil shots on the night, and in turn ending the Devils season with a 3-1 series win.  Keith Kinkaid stopped 29 of 33 shots, but had no help offensively over the last two games.  Eric Gelinas was the only Devil to finish above even in plus/minus, but he was forced to leave in the second due to injury.

Lines:

Stefan Matteau-Kelly Zajac-Mattias Tedenby

Harri Pesonen-Scott Timmins-Reid Boucher

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Darcy Zajac

Mike Sislo-Joe Whitney-Tim Sestito

Extra: Cam Janssen, David Wohlberg, Mike Hoeffel, Ben Johnson, Graham Black

Defense Pairings:

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Jon Merrill/Alexander Urbom

Eric Gelinas/Adam Larsson

Extra: Dan Kelly (inj), Brandon Burlon, Raman Hrabarenka, Reece Scarlett

Around the League:

Upset specials all over the Eastern Conference, as all 3 division champions are out. The top 4 seeds in the West all advance.

East: (1) Manchester eliminated by (8) Norfolk 3-1

(2) Springfield eliminated by (7) Providence 3-2

(3) Binghamton eliminated by (6) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3-1

West: (1) Texas sweeps (8) Oklahoma City 3-0

(2) Chicago eliminates (7) Rochester 3-2

(3) Toronto sweeps (6) Milwaukee 3-0

(4) Grand Rapids eliminates (5) Abbotsford 3-1

The second round gets underway tomorrow in St. John’s.  To think, if Albany had made it out of the first round, they would have been the top seed remaining in the East and have home ice.  Oh what could have been…

Playoff Stat Leaders:

Goals: Six tied with 1

Assists: Kelly Zajac (2)

Points: 4 tied with 2

+/-: 3 tied with +1

Penalty Minutes: Jon Merrill (10)

Keith Kinkaid final stats: 1-3, 2.26 GAA, .932 Save Percentage

Orlando Update:

Unfortunately for the Solar Bears, they saw their season come to an end Tuesday night on home ice against Cincinnati, falling in Game 6 2-1 and losing their first round series 4 games to 2.  Maxime Clermont did not play in the final game due to injury.  He finishes his season with a combined 11-12-2 record and a 3.35 GAA , and 1-2 with a 2.03 GAA and one shutout in 3 appearances in the postseason.

What’s Next?

The season may be over, but I have some unfinished business: the other two parts of my season review.  Look for those later this week.

I will also be bringing back the Free Agent Tracker in July and recapping this year’s NHL Draft class.

And keeping up to date with signings, schedule hints, and any other newsworthy items as the summer goes on.

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Playoffs Recap, Week 1: Heartbreak and a Split

For the first time in 4 years, I finally got to experience playoff hockey without having to drive 2+ hours away and live vicariously through other teams.

And if the last two days are any indication, I want to do this for, oh, three more rounds, if possible.

Looking back at the beginning of a very intense first two games between the Devils and St. John’s, which ended in a split as the best of five shifts way north this week:

Game 1: St. John’s 2, Albany 1

The series began Friday night on home ice, but it was the visitors who drew the first strike.  Eric O’Dell would put the IceCaps up 1-0 4:29 into the first period.  Albany would respond early in the second on a power play goal by Joe Whitney to tie things up at 1.  It then turned into an offensive struggle as both teams locked in defensively and the intensity grew as the game carried into the third.  And not to mention quite a few questionable calls from the referees (which is standard for Chris Brown, but more so now in the postseason).  Just as all 6500 in the building were expecting the battle to carry over into overtime, Keith Kinkaid would misplay the puck by the net and Ben Chiarot would score with just 23.1 seconds left in the third period, giving St. John’s the win and a 1-0 series lead.  Kinkaid stopped 30 of 32 shots in the loss.  Jon Merrill and Mike Sislo had the lone assists.

Lines:

Rod Pelley-Darcy Zajac-David Wohlberg

Scott Timmins-Reid Boucher-Harri Pesonen

Joe Whitney-Mike Sislo-Tim Sestito

Kelly Zajac-Mattias Tedenby-Stefan Matteau

Extra: Chris McKelvie, Cam Janssen, Mike Hoeffel, Ben Johnson, Graham Black

Defense Pairings:

Dan Kelly/Adam Larsson

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Eric Gelinas/Jon Merrill

Extra: Alexander Urbom, Brandon Burlon, Raman Hrabarenka, Reece Scarlett

Game 2: Albany 4, St. John’s 2

It was a quick turnaround for the Devils in Game 2, as they faced a virtual must win situation.  Much like in Game 1, it was the IceCaps who got the early lead, this time from Brenden Kichton 10 minutes into the first period.  But Reid Boucher would answer a minute later with his first postseason goal to tie the game at 1.  Stefan Matteau would then give Albany their first lead of the series with a power play goal late in the period for a 2-1 advantage.  Kichton would tie the game at 2 on a power play goal early in the second.  But less than 3 minutes later Mattias Tedenby would give the Devils the lead for good with a power play goal of his own.  Scott Timmins would add an insurance power play marker halfway through the third to seal the win for Albany, and in the process tying the series up at 1 apiece.  Keith Kinkaid got the start again and stopped 30 of 32 shots (that sounds like a pattern) and picked up #1 star honors.  Kelly Zajac added two assists.  And the power play finished at 3-for-9 (and there could have been more power play opportunities but the refs missed a few yet again).

Lines:

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Darcy Zajac

Joe Whitney-Tim Sestito-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-Mattias Tedenby-Kelly Zajac

Scott Timmins-Harri Pesonen-Reid Boucher

Extra: Cam Janssen, Mike Hoeffel, David Wohlberg, Ben Johnson, Graham Black

Defense Pairings:

Adam Larsson/Eric Gelinas

Alexander Urbom/Jon Merrill

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Brandon Burlon, Dan Kelly, Raman Hrabarenka, Reece Scarlett

Around the League:

So how are the rest of the conference quarterfinals going?  Here’s a quick update:

East: (1) Manchester-(8) Norfolk: tied at 1

(2) Springfield-(7) Providence: Springfield leads 2-1

(3) Binghamton-(6) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: tied at 1

West: (1) Texas-(8) Oklahoma City: Texas leads 2-0

(2) Chicago-(7) Rochester: tied at 1

(3) Toronto-(6) Milwaukee: Toronto leads 2-0

(4) Grand Rapids-(5) Abbotsford: Grand Rapids leads 2-0

We could have our first team heading to the semifinals as early as Tuesday.

Orlando Update:

The Solar Bears are not done yet.  After falling 3-0 in their Kelly Cup Eastern Conference quarterfinal series vs. Cincinnati, they have won their last two to send the series back to Florida for Game 6 on Tuesday night.  Maxime Clermont played a huge role in extending the series by shutting out the Cyclones 2-0 on Friday evening, stopping all 25 shots.  He did not play in Saturday’s 3-2 overtime win.

This Week’s Schedule:

The series shifts 1600 miles to the northeast to Newfoundland.  Game 3 comes on Wednesday night at the always sold out Mile One Centre, with a 6 PM EST start (reminder: NST is 1 and a half hours ahead).  Game 4 follows on Friday evening, and if needed Game 5 on Saturday.  I will not be around for Game 3 due to work, but will have tweets for Game 4 and if needed, Game 5.

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Not Done Yet.

Hard to believe that we have reached the end of the regular season in the AHL.

But the good news for the Devils is…it’s not over yet.

For the first time since 2010, a Albany/Devil team will be playing in the postseason for a chance at the Calder Cup.  And it was a clean sweep for the second straight week to boot.  Here we go with another happy recap of the week:

Tuesday: Per the AHL transactions, Curtis Gedig was released from his amateur tryout contract.  He joined Albany on April 4th, but never appeared in a game.

Wednesday: It appears the Devils will be looking for another ECHL team to assign players next season, as Elmira became the new affiliate for Buffalo and Rochester.

4/16 at Portland: 3-2 W (SO)

The last road game of the regular season saw the Devils in Lewiston, taking on the Pirates with a playoff berth awaiting them with a win.  After a scoreless first, Portland struck early in the second period–23 seconds in–on a Greg Carey goal.  Reid Boucher would answer with his 22nd about 6 minutes later.  Dan Kelly would put Albany ahead late in the period with his 3rd.  But Portland would tie it up with just under 13 minutes left in the third on a power play goal by Lucas Lessio.  The game would carry over into overtime, where Albany would manage the only two shots on goal.  It was on to the 15th shootout of the season, where Mattias Tedenby and Boucher missed in the first two rounds, and Jordan Szwarz would connect in the 2nd to put Portland up 1-0.  In the third round, Keith Kinkaid would stop Andy Miele, then Stefan Matteau would score to tie it up.  Kinkaid stopped Brandon Yip in the 4th round, then Mike Sislo, in his first appearance since March 30th, would connect for a 2-1 lead.  All Kinkaid had to do was stop Carey in the 5th…and he was successful, officially clinching a playoff spot for the Devils, the first since the River Rats in 2010 when Carolina was the parent club.  Kinkaid stopped 20 of 22 saves in regulation/overtime in picking up the win.  Kelly Zajac added two assists.

Note: I was not around to watch online, so no idea how lines/defensive pairings went.

4/19 vs. Springfield: 5-2 W

One game to go, and it was all about the positioning, as the Devils played host to the Falcons.  Win and they finish no lower than 6th.  Lose, and possibly slip into the 8th spot.  David Wohlberg made sure the second scenario wasn’t a possibility, as he scored just seven seconds into the game on former Devil goaltender Mike McKenna for a 1-0 lead.  Scott Timmins would add his 13th goal 8 minutes later for a two goal lead.  Joe Whitney and Brandon Burlon would score 1:18 apart in the second for a 4-0 Devil lead, chasing McKenna in favor of rookie Anton Forsberg.  And the goaltender switch seemed to help Springfield at first, as they would cut the lead in half on goals by Jake Hansen and Darryl Boyce in the third.  But then they would pull Forsberg rather early, and Harri Pesonen would take advantage and score his 15th to put the Devils back up by 3.  Scott Wedgewood would stop 20 of 22 in getting the win, the Devils fifth in a row to close out the regular season.  Ben Johnson would notch his first professional point via an assist on Pesonen’s goal.  Four other Devils each had assists as well.  And all this was despite having half the regulars/NHL callups out of the lineup resting.

Lines:

Darcy Zajac-Stefan Matteau-David Wohlberg

Mike Sislo-Joe Whitney-Tim Sestito

Reid Boucher-Scott Timmins-Harri Pesonen

Cam Janssen-Ben Johnson-Graham Black

Extra: Chris McKelvie, Mike Hoeffel, Rod Pelley, Mattias Tedenby, Kelly Zajac

Defense Pairings:

Brandon Burlon/Dan Kelly

Alexander Urbom/Reece Scarlett

Raman Hrabarenka/Eric Gelinas

Extra: Seth Helgeson, Adam Larsson, Jon Merrill, Corbin McPherson, Joe Faust

Conference Standings:

When the smoke finally cleared on Saturday night, the final results:

1. Manchester–105 points (won Atlantic Division)

2. Springfield–100 (won Northeast Division)

3. Binghamton–96 (won East Division)

4. St. John’s–99

5. ALBANY–93

6. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton–92

7. Providence–91

8. Norfolk–90

That means, Albany will be taking on St. John’s in the first round.  More info on that to come.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

No gloves dropped or faces punched this week.

My Player of the Week:

You know what?  For such a great run in the regular season, let’s reward everyone!  And I really couldn’t pick just one who stood out in both games this week.

Team Leaders:

I’ll have final stats in Part 1 of the Season in Review, details to come on that.

Orlando Update:

The Solar Bears dropped Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup to Cincinnati 4-2 in Florida.  Maxime Clermont drew the start and stopped 22 of 26 in the loss.  Game 2 is Sunday evening, then it’s off to Ohio for Games 3-5 on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

This Week’s Schedule:

Hot off the presses, the first round schedule is out: The series opens in Albany on Friday evening, followed by Game 2 on Saturday.  Games 3-5 will be played in St. John’s on Wednesday, April 30th, Friday, May 2nd, and Saturday, May 3rd (Friday and Saturday if needed).

As far as coverage goes for me blogwise: Monday I will have Part 1 of the Season Review, with all final regular season stats.  No individual pregamers, since it’s the same opponent.  I will have a full stat pack for the series by Friday afternoon, the plan is for a noontime release.  I will do the same for any rounds the Devils make after that.  There will be a recap of Games 1 and 2 next Sunday, and a photo gallery as well.

Twitter wise: I will definitely be on hand for Game 1.  Saturday may be a little tricky, as I am going to Yankee Stadium (yay free tickets in the terrace level!) for a 1 PM game.  I plan on coming straight to the arena when I get home, which if all goes well I’ll miss mostly the first period.  Game 3 I won’t be around due to work obligations, but Games 4 and 5 I will do if they are needed.

With that all said…time to start the journey to the Cup!

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Home Sweep Home

Remember last weekend?  It was a pretty much wasted one, with only 1 out of 6 points earned.  Fast forward to this weekend, three games, all on home ice.  And it was a perfect one, as the Devils swept the homestand and moved to within one more win of clinching a coveted playoff berth.  Time for a happy recap of the week:

Tuesday: Two new amateur tryouts were signed just in time for the annual end of season party for the season ticket holders downtown.  Earlier in the day, it was reported that Wisconsin defenseman and 2010 draft pick Joe Faust had signed on.  He appeared in all 37 games for the Badgers this season, posting 2 goals and 12 assists.  The second one I learned about when I walked into the ballroom at the Hilton and took my seat next to him.  He turned to me and introduced himself (a rarity, usually I’m the one having to make the introductions), it’s Graham Black.   The 2012 5th round draft pick just completed his third full season with Swift Current (WHL), picking up 97 points (34 goals, 63 assists) in 69 games.  And he’s probably one of the most interesting people I’ve met in the organization through the first four years.

4/11 vs. Bridgeport: 2-1 W

The big home weekend kicked off Friday evening with the fifth and final visit of the season from the Sound Tigers, a team Albany had gone 4-0 against on home ice.  An uneventful first period ended on a good note, as the puck bounced off Kelly Zajac and into the net, and video replay confirmed it.  Dan Kelly was originally awarded the goal, but it was changed to the younger Zajac as the second was getting underway.  One of many newcomers on the Sound Tigers (pretty much half the roster is up on Long Island helping the Islanders play out the string), Jesse Graham, would score his first professional goal during a 5 on 3 advantage late in the second to tie the game up.  But Zajac would come through again in the third, breaking the tie 5 minutes into the period for a 2-1 Devil lead.  And Keith Kinkaid took care of the rest, stopping all 7 Bridgeport shots to get the win.  He finished with 22 saves and #2 star of the game honors.  Seth Helgeson and Stefan Matteau had the lone assists.

Lines:

Harri Pesonen-Rod Pelley-David Wohlberg

Scott Timmins-Reid Boucher-Joe Whitney

Mattias Tedenby-Kelly Zajac-Stefan Matteau

Cam Janssen-Darcy Zajac-Ben Johnson

Extra: Chris McKelvie, Mike Hoeffel, Graham Black

Defense Pairings:

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Dan Kelly/Brandon Burlon

Alexander Urbom/Raman Hrabarenka

Extra: Reece Scarlett, Curtis Gedig, Joe Faust

Saturday: The first of the reinforcements have arrived, as Eric Gelinas was officially reassigned to Albany.  His last appearance in an Albany uniform was back on February 22nd.  He finishes his New Jersey season with 7 goals and 22 assists in 60 games.  He did not make it back in time to get in the lineup for Saturday’s game.

4/12 vs. Providence: 2-1 W (SO)

Another big matchup as the 6th place Bruins came into town for their only visit.  Despite Albany outshooting the visitors 11-6 in the first, it was Providence up 1-0 on a late power play goal by Zach Trotman.  Defense and goaltending on both sides took over in the second, as Albany only allowed 3 Bruin shots but was unable to get anything of their own past Bruins goaltender Niklas Svedberg.  Third period the Devils would finally solve Svedberg, as Harri Pesonen scored his 14th 3 minutes into the period to tie things up at 1.  Providence had a great chance to end things late and going into overtime when Albany ended up shorthanded, but the Devils killed off the penalty.  The game would end up going to a shootout…Keith Kinkaid would stop the first three Bruin shooters.  In the third round, Stefan Matteau would connect, but in the fourth round Seth Griffith would tie it up.  Joe Whitney scored in the bottom of the fourth round, then Kinkaid stopped Justin Florek in the fifth round to seal the victory, the 6th win out of 14 shootouts for Albany this season.  Kinkaid had another outstanding performance, stopping 18 of 19 Bruin shots (some acrobatic ones included).  Seth Helgeson had the lone assist.

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Reid Boucher-Scott Timmins

Kelly Zajac-Mattias Tedenby-Stefan Matteau

Rod Pelley-Harri Pesonen-David Wohlberg

Chris McKelvie-Darcy Zajac-Ben Johnson

Extra: Cam Janssen, Mike Hoeffel, Graham Black

Defense Pairings:

Brandon Burlon/Dan Kelly

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Raman Hrabarenka/Alexander Urbom

Urbom/Burlon and Kelly/Hrabarenka other pairings

Extra: Eric Gelinas, Reece Scarlett, Curtis Gedig, Joe Faust

Sunday: Tim Sestito was placed on waivers by New Jersey so he can return to Albany.  He did play in the season finale at The Rock, a 3-2 win over Boston (hey, an organizational sweep!) that may possibly be the end for Martin Brodeur in a Devil uniform.

4/13 vs. Syracuse: 4-0 W

The Devils finished off the homestand with one last visit from the Crunch, who escaped with a 1 goal win in their last meeting in central New York.  But this time would be different, with newcomer Charles Lavigne making his first AHL start with Olympic hero Kristers Gudlevskis up in Tampa.  After a relatively quiet first period, the Devils turned up the offense in the second, scoring 4 times in a span of 6:12.  Reid Boucher would start things on a power play, with a beautiful breakaway shot.  He would add his second goal 3:24 later.  Chris McKelvie would get in on the fun with his 9th goal 45 seconds later.  Finally Reece Scarlett would score his second of the season on a power play.  And that was all Scott Wedgewood would need, as he went on to stop all 20 Crunch shots in picking up his 4th shutout of the season and complete a perfect 3 for 3 weekend.  Harri Pesonen added three assists and finished a +2.

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Rod Pelley-David Wohlberg

Mattias Tedenby-Kelly Zajac-Stefan Matteau

Reid Boucher-Scott Timmins-Harri Pesonen

Darcy Zajac-Cam Janssen-Chris McKelvie

Extra: Mike Hoeffel, Ben Johnson, Graham Black

Defense Pairings:

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Eric Gelinas/Raman Hrabarenka

Dan Kelly/Reece Scarlett

Extra: Alexander Urbom, Brandon Burlon, Curtis Gedig, Joe Faust

Monday: As expected, Sestito cleared waivers and was reassigned, along with Mike Sislo, Jon Merrill, and Adam Larsson.

Conference Standings:

The perfect weekend all but ensured that the Devils would get a playoff spot.  But there’s still some positioning to get settled first:

5. Binghamton–91 points

6. ALBANY–89

7. Providence–89

8. Hershey–86

9. Norfolk–86

As of right now, Albany is looking at a first round matchup against the Penguins.  But with the East Division so close, that could change depending on the week’s events.  With a good week they could even move up to 5th and draw St. John’s (there’s a daunting travel schedule).  The magic number is down to 2: a win in Portland on Wednesday, or an OT/SOL and a Norfolk regulation loss will clinch it.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

Sit back and enjoy Darcy Zajac taking on a SNL Killer Bee…I mean, a Providence Bruin…

My Player of the Week:

Out of all the outstanding performances on the weekend, I’m actually splitting it between both goaltenders, as Keith Kinkaid won twice and only allowed two goals (and one in the shootout on Saturday, but that doesn’t really count) followed up by Scott Wedgewood’s fourth shutout of the season.  Honorable mention does go to Harri Pesonen and his four point (1 G, 3 A) effort.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Mike Sislo (23)

Assists: Joe Whitney (31)

Points: Joe Whitney (52)

+/-: Corbin McPherson (+16)

Penalty Minutes: Seth Helgeson (100)

Wins: Keith Kinkaid (23)

GAA: Keith Kinkaid (2.30)

Save Percentage: Keith Kinkaid (.912)

Elmira/Orlando Update:

The Jackals finished the season with a 1-2 road trip in Gwinnett and South Carolina, finishing 2013-14 with a 24-40-3-5 mark, good for 56 points and a 12th place finish in the Eastern Conference (also 3rd place of 3 teams in the Atlantic Division).  Riley Boychuk had 5 PIM in Friday’s loss to South Carolina.  Final Elmira stats can be found here.

Meanwhile, down south, Orlando finished up the regular season with a pair of home wins and a shootout loss, finishing with a 43-24-2-3 record and 91 points, finishing 4th in the Eastern Conference.  Maxime Clermont started all three games this week, beating Greenville twice (20 saves in a 3-2 win on Thursday, 35 saves in a 5-4 win on Sunday) and losing to Reading 1-0 in a shootout.  He finishes his regular season with a 5-3-0-1 mark and a 3.35 GAA for the Solar Bears (6-9-0-1, 3.34  with Elmira).  Orlando will take on Cincinnati in the first round of the Kelly Cup playoffs beginning on Thursday night in Florida.

This Week’s Schedule:

Two games left to close out the regular season slate.  Wednesday night the Devils travel to Maine to take on the Pirates (rescheduled from Friday), the earliest a playoff spot can be in the books.  Then they close it out on home ice Saturday afternoon against Springfield.  After that, we wait to see where the postseason will take them.

As for my end of season review…I may do the first part next week, which is a recap of the regular season stats-wise.  Parts 2 and 3 will likely be whenever the postseason wraps up.  And still figuring out how to cover the first round.

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Wasted Opportunities

A very busy week to start the month of April for the Devils, which unfortunately culminated in a 0-2-1-0 road weekend (for one point out of six) that put a dent in getting closer to a playoff spot.  And losing players to callups after injuries struck in New Jersey didn’t help either.  How things went down this week:

Monday: With Jon Merrill out after taking a puck to the face in Saturday’s loss to the Islanders, Adam Larsson made his triumphant return to New Jersey after an extended stay in Albany.  In 32 games, he posted 3 goals and 16 assists.  He made his first New Jersey appearance since November in Monday’s win over Florida.

Tuesday: With Ryane Clowe sitting out Tuesday and both Tim Sestito and Stephen Gionta still out with assorted injuries, Mike Sisl0 was recalled for the third time this season and played in the Devils shootout loss to the Sabres in Buffalo.  He even got a chance to extend the shootout in the 9th round, but was stopped by rookie goaltender Nathan Lieuwen to seal the victory for Buffalo.  All this while he was cleaning up at the Awards Banquet (ask Darcy Zajac, who was the lucky one to carry everything home).

Wednesday: Congratulations go out to Dan Kelly, who was selected as the Albany representative for the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award.  Heis now eligible for the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, which will be announced at a later date.

Thursday: Listed in AHL transactions but no official announcement…the first amateur tryout has finally arrived, in the form of 2012 draftee Ben Johnson.  The 19-year-old center just completed his third season with Windsor (OHL), posting 53 points (28 goals, 25 assists) in 59 games and 6 points in 4 playoff games.

Friday: Just after I arrived in Syracuse, another amateur tryout agreement popped up on the transaction wire, as 2009 7th rounder Curtis Gedig signed on.  The defenseman just completed his senior season at Ohio State, where in 33 games he posted 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists).

And now we can finally start on the weekend action!

4/4 at Syracuse: 2-1 L

The weekend road trip started out west in Syracuse, against a Crunch team just barely hanging on in the playoff race.  After a scoreless first period, Harri Pesonen would get the visitors on the board in the second with a power play goal.  Cedric Paquette would tie the game up at 1 late in the second.  Things would stay tied until Evan Rankin broke the tie midway through the third to put Syracuse ahead.  And that was all Kristers Gudlevskis would need, as he shut down the Devils offense the rest of the way.  Scott Wedgewood was the hard luck loser in net, stopping 23 of 25 shots and even picking up an assist on Pesonen’s goal.

Lines:

Kelly Zajac-Stefan Matteau-Mattias Tedenby

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-David Wohlberg

Harri Pesonen-Reid Boucher-Rod Pelley

Cam Janssen-Darcy Zajac-Mike Hoeffel

Extra: Chris McKelvie, Ben Johnson

Defense Pairings:

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Alexander Urbom/Brandon Burlon

Extra: Reece Scarlett, Curtis Gedig

4/5 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: 1-0 L (OT)

The road trip continued south down Interstate 81 to Wilkes-Barre, for a crucial matchup against a Penguins team that not only was in the middle of the playoff race, but fighting Binghamton and Norfolk for first place in the East Division.  Good news came before the game when it was announced that no one would be recalled after New Jersey lost three forwards to injury Friday evening.  The Pens thought they had taken an early 1-0 lead in the first, but the goal was waved off due to the puck being kicked into the net.  What no one knew then was that was the closest anyone would get to scoring for quite a while, as both Keith Kinkaid and Peter Mannino started on a goaltending duel.  The Pens dominated in the first, not allowing the Devils a shot on goal till more than halfway into the period.  But Albany would turn the tide in the second, holding the home team to just 4 shots and sending 11 of their own at Mannino, but he stopped every one.  It was the same song in the third, as the visitors would lead in shots 9-5, but still no one could get the puck in.  The game would go into overtime, where on an offensive turnover former Devil Tom Kostopoulos would pass it to Nick Drazenovic, who would score the game winner just 1:02 in.  Kinkaid played outstanding despite defeat, stopping 17 of 18 shots.  Ben Johnson would make his AHL debut, playing on the fourth line.

Lines:

Kelly Zajac-Stefan Matteau-Mattias Tedenby

Scott Timmins-Joe Whitney-Reid Boucher

Harri Pesonen-Rod Pelley-David Wohlberg

Cam Janssen-Darcy Zajac-Ben Johnson

Extra: Chris McKelvie, Mike Hoeffel

Defense Pairings:

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Alexander Urbom/Brandon Burlon

Extra: Reece Scarlett, Curtis Gedig

4/6 at Adirondack: 4-3 L

A chapter of local hockey history came to a close on Sunday afternoon, as the Devils made their final visit to Glens Falls to take on the Phantoms.  Mattias Tedenby was a late scratch due to an ankle injury in warmup, forcing Albany to go with an 11 F/7 D lineup for the first time since early February.  There was a scare in the first when Scott Wedgewood was knocked into his net by his own teammate Reece Scarlett and was shaken up.  It was pretty obvious when just after he got back on his feet…er, skates…Jason Akeson would score for a 1-0 lead.  Rod Pelley would then answer with his 13th of the season.  But Akeson would strike again during the Devils first power play chance, taking advantage of a turnover and scoring shorthanded for a 2-1 advantage.  Second period things started turning against the Devils, despite outshooting the Phantoms 23-11.  Wedgewood would be taken out in favor of Keith Kinkaid to start the period, and then the lone referee of the game would start to get whistle happy against the visitors.  On their second penalty kill of the period, Petr Straka would extend the lead to 3-1.  But Scarlett would answer with a power play goal of his own minutes later to cut the lead to 3-2.  But with Harri Pesonen in the box for unsportsmanlike conduct after a Phantom tripped him (Koharski logic, got to love it), Akeson would complete the hat trick for a 4-2 lead.  Scott Timmins would score a power play goal in the third to get to within 4-3.  But despite a season high 53 shots on goal on third string netminder Carsen Chubak, and a 6 on 3 opportunity late in the period with a chance to tie it up, the Devils just could not get the job done, and Adirondack held on for the win.  Kinkaid would get tagged with the loss after stopping 23 of 25 shots in relief of Wedgewood, who stopped 5 of 7 before coming out.  Alexander Urbom and Joe Whitney had two assists apiece.

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Reid Boucher-Scott Timmins

Kelly Zajac-Stefan Matteau-Harri Pesonen

Ben Johnson-Rod Pelley-David Wohlberg

Darcy Zajac-Cam Janssen-Boucher/Matteau

Johnson-Whitney-K. Zajac

Extra: Chris McKelvie, Mike Hoeffel, Mattias Tedenby

Defense Pairings:

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Alexander Urbom/Raman Hrabarenka

Brandon Burlon/Dan Kelly

Reece Scarlett 7th D

Conference Standings:

When the weekend began, the Devils stood in 6th place in the conference.  After the weekend, they’re lucky to be in 7th.

5. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton–88

6. Providence–86

7. ALBANY–83

8. Hershey–82

9. Norfolk–81

Albany is on pace for 88 points, with the max points they can get is 93.  This would put them in either the 7th or 8th position depending on how the Bears and Admirals fare.  The two teams do play each other twice in Virginia on April 16th and 18th, so this race may not be decided till the last day.  The magic number to clinch a spot is down to 10.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

Finally making its triumphant return after a couple weeks…here’s the captain mixing it up Friday night:

My Player of the Week:

Well, um, where to begin?  Not a lot of offense (just 4 goals in 3 games), I’m kind of leaning towards both Scott Wedgewood and Keith Kinkaid, who played well in the first two games despite losing.  Not fully to blame for Sunday in Adirondack either.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Joe Whitney (21)

Assists: Joe Whitney (31)

Points: Joe Whitney (52)

+/-: Corbin McPherson (+14)

Penalty Minutes: Seth Helgeson (93)

Wins: Keith Kinkaid (21)

GAA: Keith Kinkaid (2.37)

Save Percentage: Keith Kinkaid (.910)

Elmira/Orlando Update:

Elmira finished off their home schedule this week with a 1-2 record, the lone win coming against Maxime Clermont and Orlando on Friday evening.  Riley Boychuk finally scored his first ECHL goal of the season (he had one during his callup with Albany in November) against Clermont on Friday.  Artem Demkov and Harry Young have both been placed on injured reserve.  The 23-38-3-5 Jackals finish the season on a 3 game road swing through Gwinnett and South Carolina.

As for Orlando…the Solar Bears officially clinched a spot in the Kelly Cup playoffs on Wednesday, despite a 1-2 record for the week.  Clermont appeared in all three games, picking up the win on Saturday in Wheeling after giving up a six spot to Reading on Wednesday and five to his former Elmira teammates on Friday.  Orlando’s record stands at 41-24-2-2, and sit in 4th place in the Eastern Conference.  They close the regular season this week on home ice against Reading and Greenville.

This Week’s Schedule:

Yet another 3 in 3 weekend, but the good news out of this one is it’s all on home ice.  Friday night Bridgeport comes in for its final visit.  Saturday afternoon sees the only trip for Providence to the Capital Region on the year.  Finally on Sunday afternoon one last visit from Syracuse.  Then it’s down to the final week already, with the regular season ending on the 19th.

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Making it Interesting

We have come to the end of March…and the good news is the swoon that normally would knock the Devils out of playoff contention never came to pass for the first time in the franchise’s existence (well at least here anyway).  But the latest 3 in 3 weekend did not start out well, but the team rebounded to grab 3 out of 6 standings points and keep their position in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

3/28 at Hershey: 4-1 L

A critical start to the weekend slate, as the Devils traveled south to Hershey to take on the Bears, a team just on the outside looking in at 9th place in the Eastern Conference.  Albany got off to a good start, outshooting the hosts 12-7 and getting a late fluky power play goal off the stick of Stefan Matteau to take a 1-0 lead.  After a scoreless second period, the Bears mounted a rally in the third and took control.  Dane Byers would tie the game midway through the period on a power play.  Chay Genoway would follow five minutes later with a shot off the point that sailed over the shoulder of Scott Wedgewood to put the Bears ahead 2-1.  Brandon Segal would seal things with two goals in a span of 58 seconds (one power play, one into an empty net), pushing Albany into 7th place in the conference.  Outside of the third period, it was a very good night for Wedgewood, who finished with 22 saves on 25 Hershey shots.  Kelly Zajac and Mattias Tedenby had the lone assists.

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Reid Boucher-Scott Timmins

Rod Pelley-Harri Pesonen-Mike Sislo

Mattias Tedenby-Stefan Matteau-Kelly Zajac

David Wohlberg-Cam Janssen-Darcy Zajac

Extra: Chris McKelvie (inj), Mike Hoeffel

Defense Pairings:

Dan Kelly/Adam Larsson

Alexander Urbom/Raman Hrabarenka

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Reece Scarlett (inj), Brandon Burlon

3/29 vs. Worcester: 4-3 L (SO)

It was back on real home ice for the first time in10 days as Albany welcomed the Sharks for its only visit of the season.  On a day where Union College was advancing to the Frozen Four in Bridgeport, it was only fitting that the goalie matchup was two recent alums, Keith Kinkaid for Albany and Troy Grosenick for Worcester (and a rematch of March 9th in central Massachusetts, a game won by Worcester in a shootout).  Stefan Matteau would get the home team on the board in the first with his second goal in 2 days and 13th on the season.  Just as the Sharks would tie things up, Mattias Tedenby answered 21 seconds later with his 9th for a 2-1 lead.  Worcester would re-tie the game at 2 just as the first period was ending, then took their first lead 6 minutes into the second period.  But Kelly Zajac would answer with a power play goal past his former college teammate later in the period to re-tie the game at 3.  And it would stay that way, through the third and into overtime, leading to another shootout showdown between the Union goalies.  Kinkaid allowed only one goal, to Dan DaSilva, in the 3rd round.  But Grosenick would stop Reid Boucher, Mike Sislo, Tedenby, Matteau, and Joe Whitney in the final round to pick up the extra point for the Sharks.  Kinkaid finished with 28 saves on 31 shots.  The line of Tedenby, Zajac, and Matteau provided virtually all the offense, with just Alexander Urbom and Scott Timmins contributing one assist each.

Lines:

Harri Pesonen-Mike Sislo-Rod Pelley

Joe Whitney-Reid Boucher-Scott Timmins

Stefan Matteau-Mattias Tedenby-Kelly Zajac

Cam Janssen-Darcy Zajac-David Wohlberg

Extra: Chris McKelvie, Mike Hoeffel

Defense Pairings:

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Dan Kelly/Adam Larsson

Alexander Urbom/Brandon Burlon

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Reece Scarlett

3/30 vs. Binghamton: 3-2 W (SO)

To finish off the latest 3 in 3 and a brief 2 game homestand, the Devils welcomed the Senators, who had just taken over first place in the East and the #3 spot in the conference.  Matt Puempel would put the B-Sens ahead 6 minutes into the first.  Reid Boucher would tie the game on a power play midway through the second.  Alex Grant would take the lead back with a shot from the point with just under 3 minutes to go in the period.  David Wohlberg would then re-tie the game midway through the third.  The game would carry over into overtime, where despite a 4-0 shot advantage, the Devils could not get the game winner past Senators goaltender Scott Greenham.  It was on to the shootout for the second straight day, where Greenham and Scott Wedgewood would stop all 4 chances each in the first four rounds.  In the fifth round, Rod Pelley stepped onto the ice (in a change of pace, I guess) and got one past Greenham.  Wedgewood would stop Derek Grant to finish off the win and get the all important extra point, which pushed Albany back up to 6th place in the conference.  Wedgewood had a much better outing compared to Friday night, stopping 23 of 25 shots in 65 minutes and all 5 shootout attempts.  Four Devils each had assists.  And only two penalties were called the entire game, all on Binghamton…no penalty kills to speak of.

Lines:

Mattias Tedenby-Kelly Zajac-Stefan Matteau

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-Mike Sislo

Mike Hoeffel-Reid Boucher-Rod Pelley

Darcy Zajac-David Wohlberg-Harri Pesonen

Extra: Chris McKelvie, Cam Janssen

Defense Pairings:

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Alexander Urbom/Brandon Burlon

Extra: Adam Larsson (possibly injured?), Reece Scarlett

Conference Standings:

Still a tight race for spots 5-8:

5. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-84

6. ALBANY-82

7. Providence-81

8. Norfolk-77

9. Hershey-76

Knowing the history of the Bears, I would not completely count them out just yet.  They have not missed the playoffs since the ’04-’05 season, when they were affiliated with Colorado (Washington took over the following season).  Especially after their performance on Friday night.  Albany’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot stands at 13 as we enter the month of April.  No March swoon this year, finally!

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

No gloves dropped this week.

My Player of the Week:

Instead of one player, I’m giving it to one whole line…the line of Mattias Tedenby, Kelly Zajac and Stefan Matteau, who have been on a roll recently.  They were responsible for virtually all the offense the first half of the weekend.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Mike Sislo (23)

Assists: Kelly Zajac (30)

Points: Joe Whitney (50)

+/-: Corbin McPherson (+16)

Penalty Minutes: Seth Helgeson (91)

Wins: Keith Kinkaid (21)

GAA: Keith Kinkaid (2.40)

Save Percentage: Keith Kinkaid (.909)

Elmira/Orlando Update:

Not a good weekend for the Jackals, as they were swept in a 3 in 3 by Reading and Wheeling, putting their record at 22-36-3-5 with 6 games to go in the regular season.  Artem Demkov returned to the lineup on Saturday and scored in back to back games.  Harry Young even had a goal on Friday night, breaking up a Reading shutout bid in the third period.

As for the Solar Bears…a much better showing, as they went 2-1 against Cincinnati and Evansville to put their record at 40-22-2-2, good for first place in the South Division and third in the Eastern Conference.  An up and down week for Maxime Clermont, as he got the start Wednesday against the Cyclones and was pulled in the second period after stopping 22 of 27 shots.  He got a chance at redemption Saturday night at home against the IceMen, coming in relief in the second period and stopping all 12 shots faced in a 5-4 win.

This Week’s Schedule:

An all road 3 in 3 weekend starts the month of April.  Friday night the Devils travel west to Syracuse to play the Crunch.  Saturday night it’s south down Interstate 81 to Wilkes-Barre for a crucial matchup against the Penguins.  Finally, back north Sunday afternoon to Glens Falls for the final matchup against the Phantoms (be sure to have your Billy Joel ready!).

Also this week…the annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday, I’ll have an entry up about that by Wednesday.

 

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Springtime Rally

The last non 3 in 3 weekend before the end of the regular season…and it had a little of everything, from two third period rallies (one successful) to an offensive explosion, resulting in a 5-6 point week for the Devils, keeping them in the thick of things for an Eastern Conference playoff spot.  Recapping this week’s events:

Tuesday: With Ryan Carter nursing an upper body injury, Tim Sestito was recalled to New Jersey and took Carter’s place on the fourth line in the Devils loss to the Bruins.  He left the game Thursday night after taking an elbow to the head against the Wild, no timetable has been given on his return.

3/19 vs. Binghamton: 2-1 W

Albany closed out a 3 game homestand with a visit from the Senators, who began the night in first place in the East and holding down #3 in the conference with Wilkes-Barre and Norfolk very close behind.  Scott Wedgewood drew the start, looking to extend a personal scoreless streak of 126:50.  He added 20 minutes to it, as both teams went scoreless through the first.  Second period saw Albany outshoot Binghamton 9-2.  But one of those 2 shots, off the stick of Matt Puempel, would find its way past Wedgewood while on a power play to give the Senators a 1-0 lead…and stop Wedgewood’s streak at 162:44.  Third period the Devils would start a comeback, as Reid Boucher would score on a power play to tie the game up with just over 7 minutes to go in regulation.  Then with under 3 minutes remaining, Mike Sislo would take the pass from Harri Pesonen and score a beautiful breakaway goal, his 22nd of the year, to give Albany a 2-1 lead.  The Senators would pull the goalie with less than a minute to go while killing a late power play, but were unable to tie it up, and Albany skated away with its third straight win, moving them up to 6th place in the conference.  Another relatively easy night for Wedgewood, as he stopped 18 of 19 shots.  Pesonen and Scott Timmins each added assists.

Lines:

Harri Pesonen-Rod Pelley-Mike Sislo

Scott Timmins-Joe Whitney-Reid Boucher

Mattias Tedenby-Kelly Zajac-Stefan Matteau

Mike Hoeffel-David Wohlberg-Darcy Zajac

Extra: Cam Janssen, Chris McKelvie

Defense Pairings:

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Dan Kelly/Adam Larsson

Alexander Urbom/Raman Hrabarenka

Extra: Brandon Burlon, Reece Scarlett

3/22 at Syracuse: 6-2 W

The Devils headed west on the Thruway to Syracuse on Saturday evening to take on the Crunch for the second time in 6 days.  The visitors came out flying in the first period, scoring three times.  But what’s interesting here is where the three goals came from.  Raman Hrabarenka opened the scoring with a shot from the blue line 3:28 into the game.  Adam Larsson followed with a goal of his own from near the same location 5 minutes later.  Alexander Urbom capped off the scoring with his first of the season, almost in the same spot, late in the period.  Reid Boucher padded the lead with his 18th early in the second.  Syracuse finally got on the board on a Brett Connolly power play goal to cut the lead to 4-1.  But Kelly Zajac would follow with a nice breakaway goal just after an expiring penalty kill to regain a 4 goal lead.  Mike Sislo would add his team leading 23rd goal on a power play early in the third to make it 6-1.  The Crunch would get one back on a 5 on 3 advantage late in the third, but that was all they could muster as the Devils won their fourth in a row.  Another strong outing from Scott Wedgewood as he stopped 22 of 24 shots.  Joe Whitney had two assists, while four others, including Cam Janssen in his first game back since February, added one helper.  And everyone finished at worst a +1, Urbom finished a +3 on the night.

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Reid Boucher-Scott Timmins

Rod Pelley-Harri Pesonen-Mike Sislo

Kelly Zajac-Mattias Tedenby-Stefan Matteau

Darcy Zajac-David Wohlberg-Cam Janssen

Extra: Mike Hoeffel, Chris McKelvie

Defense Pairings:

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Alexander Urbom/Raman Hrabarenka

Dan Kelly/Adam Larsson

Extra: Brandon Burlon, Reece Scarlett

3/23 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: 3-2 L (OT)

It was back to Atlantic City for one last time as the Devils played host to the Penguins, a team they were tied with points wise, but the Penguins held the tiebreaker due to more ROW (regulation/OT wins).  Chuck Kobasew put the Penguins on the board nearly halfway through the first on a power play goal.  After a scoreless second, the Devils would mount a rally in the third, similar to Wednesday night against Binghamton.  Adam Larsson scored his second goal in as many days42 seconds in to tie the game up at 1.  Darcy Zajac would follow that with his first goal of the season to put Albany up 2-1.  But unlike Wednesday, when the Devils held on to win, the Penguins would spoil the comeback bid.  Brendan Mikkelsen would put one past Keith Kinkaid (in his first appearance in 9 days) to tie the game at 2 with 1:04 to go in regulation.  It was on to overtime, where just 1:22 in the Penguins would chip away and Kobasew would poke it in the net for the game winner and the all important extra standings point.  So in a span of 2:26 the Devils went from having a regulation win and a jump into 5th place to just gaining one point and staying put in 6th.  Kinkaid stopped 19 of 22 shots, while Scott Timmins picked up the lone assist of the day.

Lines:

Mike Sislo-Rod Pelley-David Wohlberg

Scott Timmins-Joe Whitney-Harri Pesonen

Kelly Zajac-Mattias Tedenby-Stefan Matteau

Mike Hoeffel-Cam Janssen-Darcy Zajac

Extra: Reid Boucher (personal), Chris McKelvie

Defense Pairings:

Corbin McPherson/Seth Helgeson

Dan Kelly/Adam Larsson

Raman Hrabarenka/Alexander Urbom

Extra: Brandon Burlon, Reece Scarlett

Conference Standings:

After Sunday’s action, well, still a logjam for spots 5-9 in the Eastern Conference:

5. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton–80 points

6. ALBANY–79 points

7. Norfolk–77 points

8. Providence–77 points

9. Hershey–72 points

If I did the calculations right, the magic number to clinch a playoff berth stands at 16.  And something else to keep an eye on: with the regulation point and a loss by Springfield, the Devils are 5 points behind the Falcons for first place in the division.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

One fight, but still waiting on the video evidence.

My Player of the Week:

This was a hard one, with a few candidates to choose from.  But I have decided to split it between Mike Sislo and Adam Larsson, both with two goals and an assist on the week.  Honorable mention to Scott Wedgewood who has been on a roll with a 4 game winning streak.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Mike Sislo (23)

Assists: Joe Whitney (29)

Points: Joe Whitney (50)

+/-: Corbin McPherson (+16)

Penalty Minutes: Seth Helgeson (91)

Wins: Keith Kinkaid (21)

GAA: Keith Kinkaid (2.38)

Save Percentage: Keith Kinkaid (.909)

Elmira/Orlando Update:

Not a good weekend series for the Jackals, as they were swept in a pair of games in Cincinnati to see their record fall to 22-33-3-5.  Riley Boychuk had one assist in a 4-1 loss on Saturday.  Harry Young was a little busy, compiling 11 penalty minutes in the two games.

As for the Solar Bears…they went 2-1 on a road swing through Fort Wayne and South Carolina.  Maxime Clermont made one appearance, a Saturday night shootout victory in South Carolina, stopping 33 of 36 shots in regulation/overtime and 4 of 5 shootout attempts.  Orlando stands at 38-21-2-2 on the season, good for 4th place in the Eastern Conference.

This Week’s Schedule:

Another 3 in 3 weekend to finish out the month of March.  Friday night the Devils travel to Hershey to take on the Bears, who are just on the outside looking in.  Saturday it’s back on home ice to take on the suddenly surging Sharks in their only visit to the Capital Region.  Finally on Sunday afternoon Binghamton pays their second visit in 11 days.

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