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Week 10 Recap: Breakthrough on the Boardwalk!

A quiet week saw the Devils earn 2 out of 4 points in two very close games.  But the Devils finally did something that an Albany team hasn’t done since 2012: win in overtime.

12/11 at Hartford: 3-2 L

The Devils started the week with a rare Thursday night game, traveling to the capital of Connecticut for the third time already this season to face the Wolfpack.  Scott Clemmensen, just back down from New Jersey, drew the start, his first game action since a shootout loss to Calgary on November 22nd.  Albany found themselves down early as Chris Bourque and Justin Vaive (on a power play) scored less than three minutes apart during the first for a 2-0 advantage.  Reid Boucher, just back from playing in New Jersey’s loss to Chicago on Tuesday, scored his fifth to cut the lead in half.  Bourque would strike again midway through the second, scoring his 2nd of the night on a power play to restore the 2 goal lead.  If you recall, the Devils faced a similar deficit the last time the two teams faced each other, back on November 26th in the Capital Region.  That night, Joe Whitney scored twice in the third to tie the game up and send it to overtime.  Well, that didn’t quite happen this time around.  Rod Pelley got the Devils to within one goal midway through the third with just his second goal of the season.  Albany pulled Clemmensen late, but got stuck with a two man disadvantage late in the period, and could not get the tying goal.  Clemmensen stopped 30 of 33 shots in his return, while three Devils each had assists.  The game also marked the AHL debut of Myles Bell, who skated on the third line and had just one shot on goal.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Tim Sestito-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Graham Black-Stefan Matteau

Myles Bell-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Ben Johnson-Darcy Zajac-David Wohlberg

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

Defense Pairings:

Brandon Burlon/Joe Faust

Mark Fraser/Eric Baier

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Extra: Dan Kelly, Reece Scarlett, Raman Hrabarenka

12/14 vs. Lehigh Valley: 4-3 W (OT)

The second and final trip to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall came on Sunday afternoon, as the Devils faced off against their former North Country rivals for the second time in 16 days.  Tim Sestito got the “home” team on the board (and I use the term loosely since I saw a lot of orange and black in the crowd) midway through the first with his fifth goal of the season.  And as the game progressed it looked like it was the only goal Scott Wedgewood was going to need, as through the first two periods he had stopped all 22 Phantom shots.  But Lehigh Valley rallied in the third, as Taylor Leier and Zack Stortini (yes, that Zack Stortini) scored 3:03 apart to put the Phantoms ahead 2-1.  Joe Whitney would answer with his 9th goal on a power play to re-tie the game at 2.  But 27 seconds later Andrew Gordon would give the Phantoms the lead right back.  But it was Whitney to the rescue again, as he would re-tie the game again with his 10th with just under 6 minutes to go in regulation.  It was on to the dreaded overtime, where I was ready to just say give Lehigh Valley the point now and be done with it.  But not on this day.  For the first time in almost 3 years, the Devils finally got an overtime winning goal, as Sestito’s second of the game just trickled past Phantoms goaltender Rob Zepp with 4:10 to go in OT for the win.  Despite a nerve wracking third, Wedgewood stopped 29 of 32 shots and picked up win #4 of the season.  Paul Thompson and Reid Boucher each had 2 assists, while two others had one assist each.  The game marked the returns of both Dan Kelly and Reece Scarlett to the lineup, and the AHL debut of Alexandre Carrier, who skated on the fourth line and finished a -1.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Tim Sestito-Paul Thompson

Stefan Matteau-Graham Black-Reid Boucher

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Myles Bell

David Wohlberg-Darcy Zajac-Alexandre Carrier

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

Defense Pairings:

Corbin McPherson/Brandon Burlon

Dan Kelly/Reece Scarlett

Mark Fraser/Joe Faust

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Eric Baier, Mike Keenan

Monday: A swap of forwards between Albany and New Jersey, as Sestito was rewarded for his two goal game with his first recall of the season and Mike Sislo was sent down to make room for Travis Zajac’s return from the mumps.  Sislo appeared in 6 games since being recalled on December 4th, with no points.

Pop Quiz: Who was the winning goaltender the last time the Devils won a game in OT?  Stick around till the end for the answer.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

Ben Thomson making his second appearance in this spot:

My Player of the Week:

Splitting it between the heroes of Sunday’s win on the Boardwalk, Joe Whitney and Tim Sestito, and an honorable mention to both Reid Boucher and Mark Fraser for getting on the scoresheet in both games this week.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (11)

Assists: Scott Timmins (13)

Points: Joe Whitney (22)

+/-: Paul Thompson (+10)

Penalty Minutes: Darcy Zajac (53)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (4)

GAA: Scott Clemmensen (2.33)

Save Percentage: Scott Clemmensen (.918)

ECHL Update:

Maxime Clermont (Orlando): 9 GP, 5-3-0, 3.76 GAA, .873 Save Percentage

Injury Update:

No new updates on when the following may return: Kelly Zajac, Chris McKelvie, Scott Timmins, Cam Janssen, or Raman Hrabarenka.  After missing nearly two weeks Dan Kelly and Reece Scarlett are finally back on ice.

This Week’s Schedule:

Two weekend games, all on the road, await before the Christmas break.  Friday night the Devils head to Wilkes-Barre to take on the Penguins, then head north on Interstate 81 on Saturday night for their first visit to Syracuse of the season to face the Crunch.

Pop Quiz Answer: Before Sunday, the last Devils goaltender to get the win in overtime?  It was Jeff Frazee, who stopped 28 of 32 Norfolk shots in a 5-4 win on January 6, 2012, in Virginia.

 

 

 

 

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Week 9 Recap: A Long Weekend

The second 3 in 3 weekend of the season for Albany started off well, but home ice was not very kind to them.  And when you only score three goals over 3 games, it doesn’t help much either.  The result was 2 points out of 6 and not much ground gained in the division.

12/5 at Providence: 2-1 W

To start the weekend, it was due east for the Devils only visit to Rhode Island this season to take on the Bruins.  After a relatively quiet first period that saw a combined 27 shots on goal (Albany had 14 of them), the hosts got on the board early in the second on a Jordan Caron power play goal.  Darcy Zajac would tie the game up midway through the period with his third goal.  Scott Timmins would give the Devils the lead late with a power play goal, his 6th.  Just as that goal went in, Keith Kinkaid suddenly exited the game due to an equipment issue in favor of Scott Wedgewood, who finished the period with one save on one shot.  But Kinkaid would rejoin the game at the start of the third period, and showed no ill effects in stopping all 8 Bruin shots.  The Devils staved off a 6 on 4 late in the period to salvage their third straight win.  Kinkaid finished with 28 saves in picking up his 7th win.  Joe Whitney and both PTOs, Eric Baier and Mike Keenan (in his first appearance), each had assists.

Highlights via AHL Live are here.

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Paul Thompson-Scott Timmins

Graham Black-Tim Sestito-Reid Boucher

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Stefan Matteau

Darcy Zajac-David Wohlberg-Cam Janssen

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Chris McKelvie, Ben Johnson

Defense Pairings:

Mark Fraser/Eric Baier

Brandon Burlon/Joe Faust

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Extra: Peter Harrold, Dan Kelly, Reece Scarlett, Raman Hrabarenka

12/6 vs. Portland: 6-1 L

It was back to home ice on Saturday afternoon as the Devils faced off against former Lowell/A-Devil Mike McKenna and the Pirates.  Tyler Gaudet would get the visitors on the board first late in the first period.  But on an early power play in the second, Reid Boucher would tie the game up with his 4th.  After that…it was all Portland, much like the November 22nd disaster in Binghamton.  Eric Selleck and Evan Oberg would score 1:28 apart midway through the second for a 3-1 advantage.  Third period was more of the same, as Corey Trivino, Darian Dziurzynski, and David Schlemko would all score in a 3:39 span to make it a rout.  And the Devils simply could not come up with an answer on either side of the puck, and their 5 game point streak came to a screeching halt.  Scott Wedgewood drew the start and stopped 21 of 27 shots, but did manage to pick up an assist on Boucher’s goal.  And the boxscore, much like two weeks ago, was not pretty, as Mark Fraser, Joe Faust, and Joe Whitney all finished a -3.

Highlights: (again, watch at your own risk)

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Graham Black-Tim Sestito

Stefan Matteau-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

David Wohlberg-Darcy Zajac-Cam Janssen

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Chris McKelvie, Ben Johnson

Defense Pairings:

Mark Fraser/Eric Baier

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Brandon Burlon/Joe Faust

Extra: Peter Harrold, Dan Kelly, Reece Scarlett, Raman Hrabarenka

Sunday: After not reporting at all after being sent down on Thursday, Peter Harrold was recalled to New Jersey.  And the recently waived Damien Brunner was sent down.  Even though New Jersey is working on a trade for him, he will report to Albany for the time being.  He last appeared on Thursday night in Toronto, getting an assist in the Devils win over the Maple Leafs.  In 17 games he notched 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists).

12/7 vs. Adirondack: 1-0 L

To finish off the weekend, the Flames came in for their only visit of the season.  And after the events of this one, it’s probably fortunate.  After a very physical first part of the period (more on that later), Max Reinhart would get one in the corner of the net with 3 minutes remaining in the first for a 1-0 lead.  Mark Fraser thought he tied the game on a nice shot from the point, but referee Ryan Murphy called it off due to a high stick that only he saw.  Sadly, that was the closest the Devils would get to any kind of offense on the day, as Joni Ortio stopped all 28 shots in picking up the shutout, the third time this season Albany has been whitewashed.  Keith Kinkaid played brilliantly but got stuck with the loss, stopping 24 of 25 shots.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Graham Black-Stefan Matteau

Tim Sestito-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Ben Johnson-Darcy Zajac-Cam Janssen

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Chris McKelvie, David Wohlberg, Damien Brunner

Defense Pairings:

Mark Fraser/Eric Baier

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Brandon Burlon/Joe Faust

Extra: Dan Kelly, Reece Scarlett, Raman Hrabarenka

Pop Quiz: This year’s Devils have already seen 31 different players suit up for at least one game.  What Albany AHL season saw the most players make at least one appearance?  The answer coming up.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

So Cam and Trevor Gillies line up next to each other during the first period Sunday.  And an instant classic ensues.

My Player of the Week:

For stopping 52 of 54 shots and keeping the Devils in it in both starts (even when he sat out 3 minutes for equipment issues), Keith Kinkaid is a slam dunk choice.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (11)

Assists: Scott Timmins (13)

Points: Joe Whitney (20)

+/-: Paul Thompson (+10)

Penalty Minutes: Darcy Zajac (51)

Wins: Keith Kinkaid (7)

GAA: Keith Kinkaid (2.19)

Save Percentage: Keith Kinkaid (.923)

ECHL Update:

Myles Bell (Evansville): 18 GP, 8 G, 6 A, 14 Pts, 7 PIM

Alexandre Carrier (Orlando): 5 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 Pts, 2 PIM

Maxime Clermont (Orlando): 9 GP, 5-3-0, 3.76 GAA, .873 Save Pct.

Injury Update:

No timetables for Kelly Zajac, Chris McKelvie, Reece Scarlett, or Dan Kelly.  Raman Hrabarenka is out indefinitely.

This Week’s Schedule:

A very odd schedule this week.  It starts on Thursday night, as Albany makes their third visit of the season to Hartford to take on the Wolfpack.  Then after having both Friday and Saturday off, it’s one more visit to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Sunday afternoon to face the Phantoms.

Pop Quiz Answer: During the second season of Carolina’s affiliation with Albany, in 2007-08, a total of 62 players saw at least one game in a River Rat uniform.  At one point, seven players were sent in from Elmira for a game in Bridgeport, after a good portion of the River Rat roster was suddenly struck by food poisoning (or as they were calling it, “the flu”) after a road trip…in Lowell.  Oh the irony.  (Side note: the smallest number was in 2000-01, when only 28 players suited up for at least one game for the River Rats.)

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Week 8 Recap: Expect the Unexpected

Not a bad ending to a shaky November: 5 out of 6 points, including victories in a building where wins are few and far between, and against one of the top teams in the league.  But the injury bug bit yet again.

11/26 vs. Hartford: 4-3 L (SO)

On a very snowy Thanksgiving Eve in the Capital Region, the Devils continued their homestand with a visit from Hartford.  The Wolfpack got on the board less than 6 minutes into the game on a rebound goal by Justin Vaive.  Darcy Zajac would tie it up just after a power play expired.  But late in the period, Danny Kristo was left wide open and got the puck past Keith Kinkaid to regain the lead.  Hartford took a 3-1 lead in the second with a Joey Crabb goal…and things didn’t look for Albany as they entered the third.  However, one player single handedly rallied the home team.  A double minor by J.T. Miller with less than five and a half minutes remaining in regulation gave the Devils a golden opportunity…and just six seconds in Joe Whitney cashed in with his 6th goal to cut the lead to 3-2.  Then with 1:58 to go, Whitney would score the equalizer to tie things up at 3.  It was on to overtime, where Albany had a huge opportunity with just over 2 minutes to go to finally get their first OT win in almost 3 years…Mike Sislo was awarded a penalty shot after being hooked down.  But Hartford goaltender Mackenzie Skapski would deny the game winner, and it was on to the dreaded shootout.  Paul Thompson and Sislo were denied in the first two rounds, while Kinkaid stopped Chris Bourque and Miller.  But in round 3, Kristo would connect and Whitney was denied, giving the Wolfpack the extra point and Albany their fourth shootout loss of the season (yup, the new OT rules are working real well here).  Kinkaid finished with 29 saves on 32 shots.  Raman Hrabarenka had two assists, while three other Devils had helpers.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-Paul Thompson

Stefan Matteau-Tim Sestito-Mike Sislo

Reid Boucher-Graham Black-Chris McKelvie

David Wohlberg-Darcy Zajac-Ben Thomson

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Rod Pelley, Cam Janssen (inj), Ben Johnson (healthy)

Defense Pairings:

Mark Fraser/Corbin McPherson

Eric Baier/Raman Hrabarenka

Brandon Burlon/Joe Faust

Extra: Dan Kelly, Reece Scarlett (inj)

11/28 vs. Lehigh Valley: 4-2 W

It was south to Atlantic City on Black Friday for the first of two “home” games (and I use the term loosely in this) this season, as Albany hosted the Phantoms for the first time since the move to Allentown from Adirondack.  Thanks to an early 5 on 3 chance in the first, Reid Boucher got the hosts on the board with just his third goal of the season for a 1-0 lead.  Ben Thomson would add his third later in the period for a two goal lead.  Then Graham Black would add a power play goal of his own, his fourth, late in the period for a 3-0 lead.  After being outshot 14-6 and giving up three goals, the Phantoms made a change in net to start the second, switching Anthony Stolarz for the recently called up Martin Ouelette.  And suddenly the momentum switched over to Lehigh Valley, as they mounted a rally.  Taylor Leier would get the Phantoms on the board early in the period with a power play goal.  Petr Straka would add a second goal late in the period to make things interesting.  The Devils could only manage 4 shots on goal the entire period, while giving up 11.  Lehigh Valley tried in vain in the third to tie things up, but Scott Wedgewood was up to the challenge, practically standing on his head and scrambling all over the crease to keep the Phantoms from that tying goal.  Paul Thompson would add an insurance goal with 3 minutes to go in the third to seal the win.  Wedgewood finished with 27 saves and #1 star honors.  Joe Whitney would contribute two assists, while Darcy Zajac and Scott Timmins each had a helper.

Highlights via AHL Live are here.  The video/audio quality is not the greatest.

Lines:

Scott Timmins-Joe Whitney-Paul Thompson

Tim Sestito-Mike Sislo-Stefan Matteau

Reid Boucher-Graham Black-Chris McKelvie

Darcy Zajac-David Wohlberg-Ben Thomson

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Rod Pelley, Cam Janssen, Ben Johnson

Defense Pairings:

Mark Fraser/Corbin McPherson

Eric Baier/Raman Hrabarenka

Brandon Burlon/Joe Faust

Extra: Dan Kelly, Reece Scarlett

11/29 vs. Utica: 2-1 W

To finish out the month of November, the Devils played host to Utica, who came in as the #2 team in the entire league.  Albany did dodge a bullet, missing Comets goaltender Jacob Markstrom  in favor of ECHL callup Joe Cannata.  After a very uneventful first period (no penalties, no goals), Graham Black would break the scoreless tie late in the second with his 5th goal.  That lead lasted all of 54 seconds, as Will Acton would tie things up.  A very scary moment happened in the third, when Utica’s Darren Archibald would hit Raman Hrabarenka high near center ice, causing Hrabarenka to crumple into a heap.  After a few tense minutes, he was slowly helped off the ice.  Archibald would get a five minute charging major and a game misconduct, giving Albany an extended 5 minute power play.  And they would take advantage, as Joe Whitney would score his 8th halfway through the advantage to put Albany ahead 2-1.  Utica would try in vain late to tie it, but to no avail, and the Devils finished November on a modest two game winning streak.  Keith Kinkaid was stellar in net, stopping 28 of 29 shots.  Brandon Burlon added two assists.

Highlights:

Lines:

Paul Thompson-Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins

Stefan Matteau-Tim Sestito-Mike Sislo

Reid Boucher-Graham Black-Ben Thomson

Ben Johnson-Darcy Zajac-David Wohlberg

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Rod Pelley, Cam Janssen, Chris McKelvie (all inj)

Defense Pairings:

Mark Fraser/Corbin McPherson

Eric Baier/Raman Hrabarenka

Brandon Burlon/Joe Faust

Extra: Dan Kelly, Reece Scarlett (inj)

Pop Quiz: Before Friday night, when was the last time Albany won a game at Boardwalk Hall?  Answer is coming up.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

In this corner, Mark Fraser.  And in this corner, Jay Rosehill.  Let the epicness (is that even a word?) begin.

My Player of the Week:

This was not an easy decision, a lot of good performances this week.  In the end, I’ll give the honors to Joe Whitney and his 5 point week.  Honorable mention to Graham Black (4 points).

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (11)

Assists: Joe Whitney/Scott Timmins (11)

Points: Joe Whitney (19)

+/-: Paul Thompson (+12)

Penalty Minutes: Darcy Zajac (44)

Wins: Keith Kinkaid (6)

GAA: Keith Kinkaid (2.41)

Save Percentage: Keith Kinkaid (.916)

ECHL Update:

Myles Bell (Evansville): 16 GP, 7 G, 4 A, 7 PIM

Alexandre Carrier (Orlando): 2 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 2 PIM

Maxime Clermont (Orlando): 8 GP, 5-3-0, 3.66 GAA, .878 Save Pct.

Injury Report:

No timetable for the following: Dan Kelly, Rod Pelley, Chris McKelvie, Kelly Zajac, Reece Scarlett, Raman Hrabarenka.  Cam Janssen skated warmup on Saturday, per the man himself he should be back this week.

This Week’s Schedule:

The second 3-in-3 weekend of the season looms.  Friday night Albany makes their lone trip to Providence to take on the Bruins.  Saturday afternoon Portland visits for the second time in a little over a month.  Finally Sunday afternoon the lone visit from our neighbors to the north, the Flames.

Pop Quiz Answer: The last time Albany won a game at Boardwalk Hall?  February 24th, 2013, a 6-4 win over Hershey.  Joe Whitney and Mike Sislo scored twice, Matt Anderson had a goal and two assists, Phil DeSimone had two assists, and Keith Kinkaid had the win in net.

 

 

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Week 7 Recap: Wake-Up Call

It may have only been a 2 out of 6 point weekend, but finally the team from October has shown up!  But it took hitting rock bottom to get there.

11/21 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: 5-1 L

A busy weekend began Friday night on home ice, as the Devils hosted the Penguins for the second time in a month.  Keith Kinkaid drew his first start since November 2nd and his first game action since relieving Cory Schneider in Detroit on November 7th.  And the rust showed a little early in the first period, as Dominik Uher (after a video review) and Scott Wilson scored 18 seconds apart for a quick 2-0 lead.  It didn’t get any better in the second, as Josh Archibald scored just 55 seconds into the second period to up the lead to 3.  Brian Dumoulin would add to the rout less than 2 minutes later to make it 4-0.  That would signal the end of Kinkaid’s night between the pipes, as Scott Wedgewood would take over from there.  He went a perfect 7 for 7, but the Devils could not produce any offensive chances to get on the board, only managing 3 shots for the entire period.  Jayson Megna would make it a 5-0 lead early in the third, adding to the insult.  Joe Whitney managed to break up Jeff Zatkoff’s shutout bid by scoring his 5th with 13 minutes to go.  The rest of the game was spent getting frustrated, chippy, physical…however you want to describe it.  Two fights and a 10 car pileup by the Pens bench over a span of 10 minutes resulted in four 10 minute misconducts, 2 on each side.  And no real offensive threat from the home team, resulting in their second straight loss.  Kinkaid stopped just 7 of 11 shots in 22:36, while Wedgewood finished with 11 saves on 12 shots.  Albany just managed 15 shots on goal, a season low.  Reece Scarlett was the only other Devil to register a point with the lone assist on Whitney’s goal.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Reid Boucher-Scott Timmins

Mike Sislo-Stefan Matteau-Tim Sestito

Chris McKelvie-David Wohlberg-Rod Pelley

Darcy Zajac-Ben Thomson-Ben Johnson

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Cam Janssen (both inj), Paul Thompson (susp), Graham Black

Defense Pairings:

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Brandon Burlon/Joe Faust

Reece Scarlett/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Mark Fraser (susp)

11/22 at Binghamton: 7-0 L

It was due west to the Southern Tier on Saturday night for the first of just four matchups of the season against the Senators, who were coming off a penalty filled win in overtime against Manchester the night before.  Scott Wedgewood drew the start and…he may have wished he hadn’t.  Much like the night before, Binghamton got a quick 2-0 lead in the first via goals from Derek Grant and Garrett Thompson just 56 seconds apart.  Things would go from bad to worse in the second period…while Albany could not get any offense going against Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond, the B-Sens poured it on.  Patrick Mullen scored on the first Devil penalty kill of the game for a 3-0 lead.  Chris Wideman would add his 10th goal halfway through the period for a 4-0 lead.  Carter Camper would finish the period off with the 5th goal, chasing Wedgewood out of the net after two periods and seeing Keith Kinkaid in a familiar situation…relieving the starter going into the third.  And the bleeding continued despite the switch.  Grant would score his second of the night to make it 6.  And finally, the extra point by J.G. Pageau with 56 seconds remaining would finish off the most lopsided loss of the season, and in franchise history going back to the Lowell days.  Wedgewood finished with 19 saves on 24 shots, and Kinkaid had 8 saves on 10 shots in relief.  In trying really, really, really hard to find ANYTHING good about this game…a season low 6 penalty minutes.  And double the shots from the night before, 31.  But if you really want to point fingers at what made this happen, look no further than the boxscore…when you have one of your better defensive players in Raman Hrabarenka finish at a -5, you know it was bad.

Highlights: (WARNING: Watch at your own risk.)

Lines:

Scott Timmins-Joe Whitney-Reid Boucher

Stefan Matteau-Mike Sislo-Tim Sestito

Chris McKelvie-Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley

Darcy Zajac-Ben Johnson-Graham Black

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Cam Janssen, Paul Thompson, David Wohlberg

Defense Pairings:

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Dan Kelly/Reece Scarlett

Raman Hrabarenka/Joe Faust

Extra: Mark Fraser

Sunday: With Dan Kelly and Reece Scarlett both getting hurt in Saturday’s loss and one more game left for Fraser to serve, the Devils called on a sort of familiar name to fill the defensive void, bringing in defenseman Eric Baier on a PTO.  He had appeared in 13 games for Albany during the 2011-12 season.  In 16 games with Orlando so far this season, he has 8 points (4 G, 4 A) and a +9 rating while serving as the team captain.

11/23 vs. Bridgeport: 5-2 W

One last home game to close out the weekend, and it was a familiar foe…for the sixth time on the season and the third time on home ice, it was the Sound Tigers coming in for a visit.  The good news was the return of Paul Thompson to the lineup after he served his two game suspension.  But Scott Timmins, along with Kelly and Scarlett, were out, making for a 13 forward/5 defenseman lineup taking the ice.  I’m not sure what happened after the previous night in Binghamton, whether it was in the locker room or on the bus ride home, but the team that came out Sunday was the one I’ve been looking for the past three weeks.  Thompson made his lineup return a successful one, scoring on a power play midway through the first period for a 1-0 Devil lead, the first since the 14th.  Johan Sundstrom would tie the game up just before the first ended.  But second period was all Devils, as they broke out for four goals.  Brandon Burlon scored his first of the season four minutes in to break the tie.  Raman Hrabarenka would add his fourth just over 90 seconds later for a 3-1 lead.  Just over two minutes later, the new guy, Eric Baier, would get into the act by scoring his first AHL goal since the 2012-13 season (playing for Charlotte) to make it 4-1.  Finally, Ben Johnson would score his first as a professional in a shorthanded situation late in the period for a 5-1 advantage.  The Sound Tigers tried to make a comeback in the third, outshooting the Devils 14-7 and getting their second goal, but Keith Kinkaid and the depleted defense took care of the rest, breaking a 3 game losing streak and finishing the first 3 in 3 weekend on a high note.  Kinkaid rebounded nicely from a disastrous Friday start and stopped 26 of 28 shots, earning #1 star honors.  Five other Devils added assists, including the first professional point for Joe Faust.

Highlights:

Lines:

Well, with a 13 forward lineup, there was a lot of patented Maclean Line Shuffler going on.  Here’s what I could catch:

Rod Pelley-Reid Boucher-Chris McKelvie

Tim Sestito-Paul Thompson-Joe Whitney

Stefan Matteau-Mike Sislo-Graham Black

Ben Thomson-Darcy Zajac-Ben Johnson (David Wohlberg or Johnson 13th forward)

Also seen: Zajac-Wohlberg-Thomson; Johnson-Zajac-Thomson; Zajac-Sislo-Matteau; McKelvie-Black-Wohlberg; Pelley-McKelvie-Johnson

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Scott Timmins, Cam Janssen (all inj)

Defense Pairings:

Again with 5 defensemen, a lot of moving around:

Brandon Burlon/Raman Hrabarenka

Corbin McPherson/Eric Baier

Burlon/Joe Faust

Hrabarenka/Baier

Hrabarenka/Faust

Pop Quiz: The 7-0 loss in Binghamton was the most lopsided loss in the history of the franchise, going back to the Lowell years.  But it’s not the worst in the overall Albany AHL history.  What is the largest margin of defeat for an Albany AHL team?  The answer coming up.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

No video from Friday’s festivities has surfaced.  Oh well.

My Player of the Week:

For managing to pull off multi point weeks despite the struggles of the weekend, Joe Whitney and Paul Thompson split the award.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (10)

Assists: 2 tied with 9

Points: Paul Thompson (16)

+/-: Paul Thompson (+11)

Penalty Minutes: Darcy Zajac (42)

Wins: Keith Kinkaid (5)

GAA: Keith Kinkaid (2.54)

Save Percentage: Keith Kinkaid (.911)

ECHL Update:

Myles Bell (Evansville): 13 GP, 9 points (7 G, 2 A), +1, 2 PIM

Maxime Clermont (Orlando): 7 GP, 5-2-0, 3.56 GAA, .884 Save Pct.

Injury Report:

Kelly Zajac (upper body, indefinitely); Cam Janssen (upper body, indefinitely); Dan Kelly (lower body, unknown); Reece Scarlett (lower body, unknown); Scott Timmins (lower body, unknown); Rod Pelley (injured during Sunday’s game)

This Week’s Schedule:

A home laden schedule, but with an exception.  Wednesday Hartford comes to visit for the second time in a month.  Black Friday will be spent in the other home, Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, as the Devils face Lehigh Valley for the first time.  Finally on Saturday afternoon, the only appearance of the season by Utica.

Pop Quiz Answer: The most lopsided loss in Albany AHL history?  You have to go back to March 22, 1996.  The River Rats dropped a 10-1 decision to the old Carolina Monarchs in Greensboro, NC.  Bonus: the most lopsided shutout loss was back on March 25, 2001, when the Rats lost to Quebec 8-0.

 

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Week 6 Recap: Turning a Corner?

No more 0 for November!  But there is still work to do to get back to that October magic.

11/12 vs. Syracuse: 3-2 L (SO)

The Devils made a brief return to home ice on Wednesday night, taking on old/new division rival Syracuse for the first time this season.  And things got going in a hurry, after a fight between Chris McKelvie and former River Rat Mike Angelidis just 42 seconds into the contest.  It appeared the home team gained momentum from that, as Scott Timmins would score 24 seconds later for a 1-0 lead.  Yanni Gourde would tie the game up unassisted over three minutes later.  A physical first period was capped off by a second fight between Darcy Zajac and Tanner Richard.  Second period saw the Crunch take the lead on a Joel Vermin goal…and another fight between rookie Ben Thomson and Jake Dotchin.  Tim Sestito would tie the game up early in the third, and the Devils had to battle through 2 questionable penalty kills (by questionable I mean why did the new referee in training call Timmins for boarding, but earlier a similar hit that nearly injured Sestito not get called?) just to get to the end of regulation…and the dreaded overtime.  Albany had a golden opportunity to finally win an overtime game for the first time in over two years when they had a full 4 on 3 power play (in reality Reid Boucher should have been awarded a penalty shot, but a holding penalty was the call), but could not capitalize.  It was on to the shootout, where after both teams scored in round 2 (Paul Thompson with the goal), Richard scores in round 3 and Reid Boucher missed to give Syracuse the extra point…and the winless streak continued on.  Scott Wedgewood stopped 23 of 25 shots in 67 minutes only to be tagged with the loss.  Thompson and Reece Scarlett each had helpers.  And as for the penalty kill?  A perfect 7 for 7.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Paul Thompson-Scott Timmins

Mike Sislo-Reid Boucher-Graham Black

Tim Sestito-Ben Thomson-Stefan Matteau

Chris McKelvie-Darcy Zajac-Rod Pelley

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Cam Janssen, Ben Johnson, David Wohlberg

Defense Pairings:

Mark Fraser/Reece Scarlett

Peter Harrold/Raman Hrabarenka

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Dan Kelly, Joe Faust

11/14 at Portland: 4-0 W

The Devils headed northeast to Maine for a weekend 2 game set against the Pirates.  Scott Clemmensen drew the start in the first game, matching up against former Devil Mike McKenna.  The top line came through in the first to give the visitors a 1-0 lead, as Joe Whitney scored his 4th of the season.  Also of note from the first, Mark Fraser was the first Devil this year to get called for the new penalty of playing without a helmet.  After a rather uneventful second period, the Devils broke out in the third period.  Reid Boucher scored just his second of the year 35 seconds into the period to double the lead.  Tim Sestito would add his fourth midway through for a 3-0 lead.  Finally, to top it all off, Fraser would score his first since returning to the Devils with 1:01 remaining to seal the win, breaking a six game winless drought and the first November victory.  Clemmensen picked up his first A-Devil win, stopping all 31 shots for the shutout.  Sestito and Mike Sislo added two assists apiece, while the penalty kill survived a Koharski called game (this time Jamie) and went a perfect 7 for 7.

Highlights from AHL Live can be found here.

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-Paul Thompson

Tim Sestito-Reid Boucher-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-Graham Black-Ben Thomson

Rod Pelley-Chris McKelvie-Darcy Zajac

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Cam Janssen, Ben Johnson, David Wohlberg

Defense Pairings:

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Mark Fraser/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Peter Harrold, Joe Faust

11/15 at Portland: 2-0 L

No lineup changes for the rematch on Saturday, except in Portland’s net, as Louis Domingue drew the start against Clemmensen.  After a rather uneventful first period, the hosts broke through in the second period.  Just as the Devils were finishing off their fourth penalty kill of the game, Alex Bolduc scored to give Portland a 1-0 lead, their first goal in a franchise record 169:02.  A scary moment happened later in the period, as Paul Thompson ran full speed into Domingue, sending him and the net flying.  Domingue had to leave the game due to injury, bringing in Mike McKenna for relief, and Thompson was assessed a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for interference.  Albany managed to kill off the major, but without their leading scorer they could not come up with any offense to tie things up.  Eric Selleck would add an empty net goal with 39 seconds left in the game to seal the combined shutout, the first against Albany this season.  Clemmensen stopped 22 of 23 shots in picking up a hard luck loss.

Highlights from AHL Live can be found here.

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Tim Sestito-Mike Sislo

Graham Black-Ben Thomson-Stefan Matteau

Rod Pelley-Chris McKelvie-Darcy Zajac

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Cam Janssen, Ben Johnson, David Wohlberg

Defense Pairings:

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Mark Fraser/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Peter Harrold, Joe Faust

Pop Quiz: Before Saturday night, who was the last goaltender to shut the Devils out during regulation in the regular season?  The answer is coming up.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

A few candidates, but give it to the rookie.  Ben Thomson, second period on Wednesday.

My Player of the Week:

A few strong individual game performances, such as a three point effort from Tim Sestito on Friday and a shutout by Scott Clemmensen.  But this week I salute the penalty kill, who recovered very nicely from last weekend’s disaster in Bridgeport with a perfect week.  20 for 20 over the three games, jumping from dead last in the league into the top 20.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (9)

Assists: Scott Timmins (9)

Points: 2 tied with 14

+/-: Paul Thompson (+10)

Penalty Minutes: Corbin McPherson (35)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (2)

GAA: Scott Clemmensen (2.18)

Save Percentage: Scott Clemmensen (.920)

ECHL Update:

Myles Bell (Evansville): 9 GP, 8 points, 7 G, 1 A, +1, 0 PIM

Maxime Clermont (Orlando): 4 GP, 2-2-0, 4.05 GAA, .867 Save Pct.

Injury Report: Kelly Zajac and Cam Janssen remain on the out indefinitely list.  Dan Kelly returned on Friday after missing 3 games due to illness.

This Week’s Schedule:

Bad news, the first 3 in 3 weekend of the season is upon us.  But the good news?  It’s near minimal travel.  Friday night the Penguins come in for their second and final visit of the season.  Saturday it’s west on Interstate 88 to Binghamton for the first matchup against the Senators.  Then a quick turnaround back home on Sunday for yet another visit from Bridgeport.

Pop Quiz Answer: Last person to shut out the Devils in the regular season without overtime or a shootout?  Martin Jones, who picked up a 19 save 3-0 whitewash in Manchester on February 9th.  If you’re going by overtime, Peter Mannino of Wilkes-Barre pulled it off on April 5.  And during the first round playoff loss Michael Hutchinson beat Keith Kinkaid 1-0 in St. John’s in Game 3 on April 30th, the first/last postseason shutout.

 

 

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Week 5 Recap: At a Disadvantage

After a 1 point out of 6 week…I want the team from October back.

11/5 at Hartford: 3-1 L

It was an early start to this week’s action as Albany traveled east to Hartford for a special school day morning special against the Wolfpack.  And early on it appeared the visitors were the ones who had their morning coffee.  Paul Thompson scored his league leading 9th goal just 45 seconds after the puck dropped for a fast 1-0 lead.  Joey Crabb would score unassisted two minutes later to tie things up at 1.  The Devils would outshoot their hosts 14-3 in the first.  A quiet second saw no goals but the Wolfpack gave Scott Clemmensen, in his first start since returning to Albany, a little work, as Hartford outshot the Devils 10-5.  Third period saw the Devils special teams emulate their parent club.  Ryan Haggerty and Oscar Lindberg would score back to back power play goals within 1:39 to pull away with the win, the Devils third straight defeat.  Clemmensen would finish with 16 saves, while Dan Kelly and Raman Hrabarenka would have the lone assists.

Highlights via AHL Live can be found here.

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Paul Thompson-Scott Timmins

Mike Sislo-Graham Black-Reid Boucher

Tim Sestito-Stefan Matteau-Ben Thomson

Rod Pelley-Chris McKelvie-Darcy Zajac

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Ben Johnson, Cam Janssen, David Wohlberg

Defense Pairings:

Seth Helgeson/Peter Harrold

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Mark Fraser, Reece Scarlett, Joe Faust

Thursday: With Adam Henrique sidelined due to an injury in Tuesday’s home loss to the Blues, Mike Sislo was recalled for the midwest swing through St. Louis and Detroit.

Saturday: Sislo was sent back to Albany after New Jersey returned from the road.  He did manage to get his first NHL point, an assist on Marek Zidlicky’s third period goal in a 4-3 loss to St. Louis on Thursday.

11/8 at Bridgeport: 7-2 L

It was south to Bridgeport, for the start of a two game set against the Sound Tigers.  Scott Wedgewood drew the start and…things went downhill from there.  Joe Whitney gets call for tripping just 54 seconds into the game, and Harry Zolnierczyk connects on the ensuing power play 1:02 later for a 1-0 lead.  Later in the period, David Wohlberg sits for a slashing call.  Alan Quine connects on that ensuing power play 1:55 later for a 2-0 lead.  Detect a pattern yet?  Things started out looking a little better in the second, as Peter Harrold would score on a power play to cut the lead in half.  Then Corbin McPherson sits for tripping…and 1:57 later Mike Halmo connects for a 3-1 lead.  Just 26 seconds later, John Persson would add an even strength goal for a 4-1 lead.  Exit Wedgewood, hello Scott Clemmensen.  A few minutes later, Rod Pelley would take a boarding call.  You can guess what happened next…44 seconds later Colin McDonald scores for a 5-1 lead.  Chris McKelvie would score his first of the season late in the period to cut the deficit to 5-2.  Third period…more of the same.  McPherson sits for holding at 1:41, 39 seconds later Kael Mouillerat scores for a 6-2 lead.  To top it off, Darcy Zajac takes a slashing call at 13:53.  Twenty-four seconds later…you guessed it, the 7th goal, the second of the night for Zolnierczyk.  To scare us further, the Devils got stuck with a 5 on 3 late and finished the game shorthanded…and they FINALLY managed to kill that.  So if you’re keeping score…that’s 6 PP goals for the Sound Tigers, which broke a franchise record.  And everyone complains about New Jersey’s PK…

Anyway…Wedgewood finished with 8 saves on 12 shots before making way for Clemmensen, who stopped 17 of 20.  Seth Helgeson, Scott Timmins, and Raman Hrabarenka each had a helper.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-Paul Thompson

Stefan Matteau-Graham Black-Reid Boucher

David Wohlberg-Tim Sestito-Ben Thomson

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Darcy Zajac

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Cam Janssen, Mike Sislo, Ben Johnson

Defense Pairings:

Raman Hrabarenka/Peter Harrold

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Seth Helgeson/Reece Scarlett

Extra: Dan Kelly, Mark Fraser, Joe Faust

11/9 at Bridgeport: 4-3 L (SO)

About 17 and a half hours later, it was time for the rematch and a shot at redemption.  The fragile special teams got a very early test when Darcy Zajac was sent to the box just 21 seconds into the game.  But the penalty kill came through, and was tested yet again when Mark Fraser (in his first game since signing a PTO a week earlier) was called for a trip.  Second test passed.  But on a turnover, Scooter Vaughan would break away and score on Scott Clemmensen for a 1-0 lead.  It took till late in the second period for the Devils to finally rally, as Mike Sislo scored on a power play in his first game back since returning from New Jersey to tie the game at 1.  On another power play early in the third, Tim Sestito gave the Devils their first lead since early Wednesday morning.  Alan Quine would retie the game on…wait for it…a power play goal.  (Okay, okay, I’ll leave it alone now.  It was the only one for Bridgeport on the day.)  Harry Zolnierczyk would give the Sound Tigers the lead back, but Graham Black would tie it up again with a power play goal, the third for the Devils on the day.  A seven minute overtime session produced a very good chance by Scott Timmins early, but no goals.  It was on to the shootout, which needed five rounds after Paul Thompson and Kael Mouillerat scored in the second round.  Sislo, Joe Whitney, and Black were unable to come up with the second goal (Stefan Matteau was shut out in round 1), and Clemmensen was unable to stop C.J. Stretch, giving the Sound Tigers the extra point.  Clemmensen finished with 31 saves on 34 shots through 67 minutes.  Matteau added two assists.  Joe Faust finally saw his first professional game action, meaning every Devil on the roster has got into at least one game.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Paul Thompson-Scott Timmins

Stefan Matteau-Graham Black-Mike Sislo

Tim Sestito-Ben Johnson-Ben Thomson

Rod Pelley-Chris McKelvie-Darcy Zajac

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Cam Janssen, Reid Boucher, David Wohlberg

Defense Pairings:

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Peter Harrold/Joe Faust

Mark Fraser/Raman Hrabarenka

Extra: Brandon Burlon, Dan Kelly, Reece Scarlett

Pop Quiz: Before Wednesday, when was the last time Scott Clemmensen appeared in an Albany uniform?  The answer coming up.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

Dance lessons courtesy of Seth Helgeson:

Bonus: I never thought I’d see the day where I saw Sislo and fight in the same boxscore line.

My Player of the Week:

Um…well…there weren’t any breakout performances this week.  So for the 4 players with a multi point week, I salute you.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (9)

Assists: 3 tied with 8

Points: Paul Thompson/Scott Timmins (12)

+/-: Paul Thompson/Raman Hrabarenka (+8)

Penalty Minutes: Dan Kelly/Corbin McPherson (31)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (2)

GAA: Scott Wedgewood (3.18)

Save Percentage: Scott Wedgewood (.879)

ECHL Update:

Myles Bell (Evansville): 6 GP, 7 points (6 G, 1 A), +3, 0 PIM

Maxime Clermont (Orlando): 1 GP, 0-1-0, 5.10 GAA, .833 Save Pct.

Injury Report: Kelly Zajac and Cam Janssen remain out.  I am curious about Dan Kelly’s status since he did not make the trip to Bridgeport.

This Week’s Schedule:

Three games coming up this week, and good news, no Bridgeport!  Wednesday the Devils return home to face Syracuse for the first time this season.  Then it’s off to Maine Friday and Saturday for a two game stint against Portland.

Pop Quiz Answer: The last time anyone saw Scott Clemmensen in an Albany uniform? January 29, 2006.  He was in goal for the River Rats in a 5-4 loss against…the Wolfpack in Hartford.  Talk about coming full circle.

 

 

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Week 4 Recap: Back to Earth

It was inevitable…after an amazing October, November got started on a rough note.  Three out of a possible six points, but still a standings point in 8 of the first 9 games is not bad.

10/29 vs. Springfield: 4-2 W

Albany got an early start to the week thanks to a schedule change, hosting the Falcons on Wednesday (the game’s original date was December 2nd, but got moved up due to a concert date at the TU Center).  The visitors took a very quick 1-0 lead on a Ryan Craig goal just 1:10 in.  Craig would add a second goal on a power play 6 minutes later.  Graham Black, back in the lineup for the first time since opening weekend in Adirondack, would score his first as a professional on a deflection late in the period to cut the deficit in half.  Mike Sislo would tie the game at 2 midway through the second with his fifth goal.  On a delayed penalty late in the second, Scott Timmins would extend his season long point streak to seven games with his fourth, putting Albany ahead for good.  Black would add his second goal on a power play midway through the third for insurance.  With the win, the Devils remained the only team in the league without a regulation loss and extended their win streak to 5.  Keith Kinkaid settled down after a shaky first period and stopped 30 of 32 shots in picking up his fourth win.  Stefan Matteau returned to the lineup after missing a week due to injury and contributed two assists.  Four other Devils each had a helper.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-Paul Thompson

Stefan Matteau-Mike Sislo-Graham Black

Tim Sestito-Chris McKelvie-Steve Bernier

Rod Pelley-Darcy Zajac-Ben Thomson

Extra: Cam Janssen, Kelly Zajac (both inj), Ben Johnson, David Wohlberg

Defense Pairings:

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Seth Helgeson/Peter Harrold

Extra: Reece Scarlett, Joe Faust

11/1 vs. Bridgeport: 4-1 L

The homestand continued as the calendar turned over to November, and Albany saw a familiar foe come in, facing Bridgeport for the third time in 8 games.  Paul Thompson would add to his league leading goal total, notching his 8th on a 5-on-3 power play midway through the first period (and with the assist, Scott Timmins extended his point streak to 8 games) for a 1-0 lead.  Bridgeport tied the game up halfway through the second on a lucky (or in Scott Wedgewood’s case, unlucky) bounce and a kick into the Albany net (goal credited to C. J. Stretch for those keeping score).  The visitors would essentially put the game away late in the period, scoring twice in 2:28 (the second on a 5-on-3 power play) to take a 3-1 lead.  Bridgeport would add a power play/empty net goal late in the third to seal the victory, the first regulation loss for Albany on the season (it had to happen sometime, unfortunately).  Wedgewood stopped 22 of 25 shots in the loss.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-Paul Thompson

Rod Pelley-Tim Sestito-Steve Bernier

Stefan Matteau-Mike Sislo-Graham Black

Darcy Zajac-Ben Thomson-Chris McKelvie

Extra: Cam Janssen, Kelly Zajac, Ben Johnson, David Wohlberg

Defense Pairings:

Dan Kelly/Raman Hrabarenka

Seth Helgeson/Peter Harrold

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Reece Scarlett, Joe Faust

11/2 vs. Portland: 2-1 L (OT)

It was a very quick turnaround for Albany, as they hosted former Devil Mike McKenna and Portland for the first time this season.  And it was a very quick start out of the gate, as Joe Whitney scored his third of the year just 1:28 in for a 1-0 lead.  With the assist, Scott Timmins’s point streak hit 9 games.  A 20-25 minute delay due to ice conditions near the Zamboni entrance of the arena (or, the Devils Shoot Twice net) ended the first a little early, extending the second period.  The Pirates would tie the game up midway through the second on a power play goal by Dylan Reese.  After a penalty filled third period (nothing physical…or a typical Chris Brown called game) with nothing across, it was on to overtime, the second time for Albany this season.  The Devils had two very good chances early on–Mike Sislo just narrowly missed getting the puck across the line and Timmins had a great shot go wide.  But the Pirates would prevail 2:58 in, as Lucas Lessio scored the game winner to give Portland the win and the extra point.  Keith Kinkaid stopped 21 of 23 shots, while Paul Thompson had the other assist.

Highlights:

Lines:

Stefan Matteau-Mike Sislo-Graham Black

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-Paul Thompson

Rod Pelley-Darcy Zajac-Chris McKelvie

Tim Sestito-Ben Johnson-Steve Bernier

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Cam Janssen, David Wohlberg, Ben Thomson

Defense Pairings:

Seth Helgeson/Peter Harrold

Dan Kelly/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka (resting?), Joe Faust

Pop Quiz: With Wednesday’s win, the Devils extended their streak of games without a regulation loss to 7.  When was the last time an Albany AHL franchise started a season with an unbeaten streak that long?  The answer is coming up.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

So when did Brandon Burlon become a fighter?

My Player of the Week:

Splitting it between two players this week…Scott Timmins for being a constant presence on the scoresheet (he has registered at least one point in all 9 games thus far), and an honorable mention to rookie Graham Black for his first two goal game as a professional.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (8)

Assists: Scott Timmins (7)

Points: Paul Thompson/Scott Timmins (11)

+/-: Raman Hrabarenka (+9)

Penalty Minutes:  Dan Kelly (29)

Wins: Keith Kinkaid (4)

GAA: Keith Kinkaid (1.95)

Save Percentage: Keith Kinkaid (.931)

ECHL Update:

Myles Bell (Evansville): 3 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 0 PIM

Injury Report: Cam Janssen (shoulder; indefinitely), Kelly Zajac (upper body; unknown timetable)

BREAKING: Just as I was finishing this up, the Devils throw me a curveball.  They have signed defenseman Mark Fraser to a professional tryout contract.  There are already two extra defensemen as it is, why throw in a third?  I get the feeling something is going on in New Jersey that has yet to play out.

This marks Fraser’s third stint in Albany, with the first coming in a 4 game stint in a River Rats uniform near the end of the 2005-06 season (the last season before Lowell) and 5 games with the A-Devils during the 2010-11 season.  He split last season between Edmonton and Toronto, appearing in 42 games and registering 2 points.

This Week’s Schedule:

The Devils hit the road this week for three games, all in Connecticut.  Wednesday morning (yes, morning) they make their second visit of the season to Hartford to take on the Wolfpack.  Then it’s back to Bridgeport for a two game set, Saturday evening and a quick turnaround on Sunday afternoon.

Pop Quiz Answer: The 1994-95 Albany River Rats started the season with 4 wins and 3 ties (remember those?) before taking a 6-2 loss to Binghamton on October 21, 1994 at the then named Knickerbocker Arena.  Oh by the way…this team went on to win the Calder Cup the following May.  A positive sign for this year’s group?  We shall see.

 

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