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Week 16 Recap: Going Streaking

No, not THAT kind of streaking.

But a streak did continue for the Devils this week leading up to the All Star break…a 2-0-1 week extended their point streak to 6 games, keeping them in the playoff race.

Wednesday: A wrong was made right, as Paul Thompson was named as a last minute replacement to the AHL All Star team.

1/21 vs. Bridgeport: 5-3 W

It was off to The Rock, otherwise known as Prudential Center, in Newark as the Devils played host to Bridgeport.  And the home team got off to a fast start, as Ben Thomson and Paul Thompson (on a power play) scored 1:02 apart midway through the first period for a 2-0 advantage.  John Persson would cut the lead in half with a power play tally of his own, the first Albany penalty of the night.  The Devils turned it up in the second, as Stefan Matteau (power play) and Thompson would get his second of the game to make it a 4-1 lead, chasing Kevin Poulin out of the Bridgeport net in favor of David Leggio.  The switch gave Bridgeport a little momentum, as Persson would score his second of the game 30 seconds later to make it 4-2.  Colin McDonald would add a shorthanded goal late in the period to make things interesting.  But Joe Whitney, in his first game back after being sent down by New Jersey, would get an insurance goal, the third power play goal of the evening, early in the third to seal the win.  Scott Clemmensen stopped 31 of 34 shots in net and picked up his 4th win.  Reece Scarlett had his second straight career game, picking up 3 assists and earning first star honors.  Mike Sislo and Kelly Zajac had two helpers each, while Darcy Zajac, Seth Helgeson, and Whitney each had one assist.

Highlights via AHL Live can be found here.

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Kelly Zajac-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Darcy Zajac-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-David Wohlberg-Ben Thomson

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Ben Johnson

Extra: Scott Timmins, Graham Black, Cam Janssen, Alexandre Carrier

Defense:

Seth Helgeson/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Dan Kelly

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Joe Faust

1/23 at Worcester: 3-2 W

It was due east to Worcester on Friday night, as the Devils visited the Sharks for the first time this season.  And it was going to be a challenge: Worcester was working on an 8 game winning streak, and also just received the services of Tomas Hertl from San Jose with the NHL on All Star Break.  Well, challenge accepted.  Joe Whitney would get Albany on the board first with his 16th goal of the season.  David Wohlberg would follow up late with a laser shot of his own, his fourth.  All that on just five shots against Sharks goaltender J.P. Anderson.  Albany locked it down in the second, only allowing two shots and adding to the lead on a Brandon Burlon goal.  But Worcester was not about to go away quietly…on one of those shots Mirco Mueller would score on a power play to break up the shutout.  Things nearly got out of hand in the third defensively for Albany…Worcester doubled up their entire shot goal for the game (13 compared to 7 over the first two periods), and Evan Trupp would score to make it 3-2.  But at the end of it all, the Devils would hang on for dear life and escape with the win, extending their point streak to 5 games and ending Worcester’s winning streak.  Maxime Clermont earned his third win in net, stopping 18 of 20 shots.  Burlon and 5 other Devils each had assists.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Kelly Zajac-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Darcy Zajac-Mike Sislo

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Ben Johnson

Stefan Matteau-David Wohlberg-Ben Thomson

Extra: Scott Timmins, Graham Black, Cam Janssen, Alexandre Carrier

Defense:

Seth Helgeson/Reece Scarlett

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Brandon Burlon/Dan Kelly

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Joe Faust

1/24 vs. Worcester: 2-1 L (OT)

16 hours after the final whistle in Worcester, the two teams met again in Albany to complete the home and home and kick off a Capital Region hockey doubleheader at the TU Center.  Things got hairy very early on…as in during pregame warmup:

But, peace was soon restored, and pregame continued on.  Unlike the night before, it was the Sharks who came out flying in the first, outshooting Albany 16-7.  But nothing was getting by Scott Wedgewood, or his counterpart J.P. Anderson for that matter.  The scoreless trend continued into the second…until Gus Young broke the tie with less than a minute remaining in the period.  Albany would finally get on the board with just over four minutes remaining in regulation, thanks to a power play goal by Paul Thompson, his 22nd.  The game carried into overtime, where during the three on three portion Dylan DeMelo would get the game winner past Wedgewood, giving the Sharks the extra point and another Albany overtime disappointment.  Wedgewood played extremely well in taking the hard luck loss, stopping 38 of 40 shots.  The top line of Thompson, Joe Whitney, and Kelly Zajac had all the Albany offense.  And it was a good day at the gate, as a season high 7012 fans were in attendance thanks to Kids in Free Day.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Kelly Zajac-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Darcy Zajac-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-David Wohlberg-Ben Johnson

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Extra: Scott Timmins, Graham Black, Cam Janssen, Alexandre Carrier

Defense:

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Seth Helgeson/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Dan Kelly

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Joe Faust

Pop Quiz: Since the AHL brought back the All Star Classic in the 1994-95 season, which year did Albany have the most representation?  The answer upcoming.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

There was one fight, but video proof has yet to surface.  Stay tuned…

My Player of the Week:

A very good week for Paul Thompson, as he gets a better late than never All Star nod and scores three times, taking over the league goal scoring lead.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (22)

Assists: Joe Whitney (21)

Points: Joe Whitney (37)

+/-: Paul Thompson (+14)

Penalty Minutes: Dan Kelly (78)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (6)

GAA: Maxime Clermont (2.34)

Save Percentage: Scott Clemmensen (.912)

ECHL Update:

Myles Bell (Evansville): 26 GP, 8 G, 7 A, 15 Pts, -9, 17 PIM

Eric Baier (Orlando): 19 GP, 4 G, 5 A, 9 Pts, +5, 11 PIM

On Wednesday, Bell scored twice, including the eventual game winner, as the ECHL All Stars defeated Orlando 8-4 in Florida.  He was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.  Baier registered a first period assist for Orlando.

Injury Update: No timetable for Scott Timmins (ankle), Graham Black (wrist), Cam Janssen (upper body).  Raman Hrabarenka (cheekbone) is still practicing, but no word on his return.

This Week’s Schedule:

While Joe Whitney and Paul Thompson head to Utica for All Star festivities, the rest of the Devils get a 4 day break.  But it’s back to work Thursday, as Albany travels to Allentown to take on the Phantoms for the last time this season.  Then it’s back to home ice on Friday and Saturday for a two game set with St. John’s, a rematch of last year’s first round Calder Cup playoff series.

And I’ll be in Utica for both All Star events as well, my first time ever going!  I do plan on a post midweek wrapping up the skills competition on Sunday night and the game on Monday.

Pop Quiz Answer: A total of 5 players represented the River Rats at the 1998 All Star Classic in Syracuse, when Canadian-born players were pitted against those born in the US and Europe: Brendan Morrison, Peter Zezel, and Geordie Kinnear represented the Canadian All Stars, while Jay Pandolfo and Vlastimil Kroupa represented PlanetUSA.  The Canadian All Stars defeated PlanetUSA 11-10.

 

 

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Week 15 Recap: An Almost Perfect Rally

The way things had started in all three games for the Devils this week, this potentially could have been a disastrous recap.

But finally doing something that hadn’t happened all season–coming back when trailing after two periods–in back to back games helped springboard Albany to a 5 out of 6 point week, a very nice recovery, getting them out of the Northeast Division basement and back in the playoff race.

1/14 vs. Springfield: 2-1 W (OT)

The week began with the back end of a home and home series against the first place Falcons.  A rematch in net between Scott Wedgewood and All Star Anton Forsberg started out the same way as Sunday in Massachusetts, keeping both teams off the scoreboard in the first period.  Kerby Rychel put the visitors on the board with just over three minutes remaining in the second.  And that looked like all Forsberg would need, as he cruised into the third period.  But then something miraculous happened.  With Wedgewood pulled for the extra attacker, Paul Thompson would find the back of the net with just 56.8 seconds to go in regulation, tying the game up and getting Albany at least one very important standings point.  Just as both teams switched over to 3 on 3 during overtime, Dan Kelly (originally credited to Darcy Zajac) managed to poke the puck past Forsberg, giving Albany an improbable come from behind win, their first all season when trailing after two periods.  Wedgewood played well in net, stopping 29 of 30 shots and picking up his sixth win.  Four Devils added assists.

Highlights:

Lines:

Reid Boucher-Kelly Zajac-Paul Thompson

Ben Thomson-Darcy Zajac-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-David Wohlberg-Chris McKelvie

Ben Johnson-Rod Pelley-Cam Janssen

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

Defense:

Seth Helgeson/Reece Scarlett

Dan Kelly/Joe Faust

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Eric Baier, Mike Keenan

Friday: Good news and bad news for Eric Baier.  Good: His PTO turned into an AHL contract for the remainder of the season.  Bad: With Seth Helgeson back on the roster, he was reassigned to Orlando.  In 12 games he had one goal (in his season debut on November 23rd) and two assists, finishing at a -3.

1/16 at Lehigh Valley: 3-2 W

It was off to Allentown to start a two game Pennsylvania road swing, as the Devils visited the Phantoms for the first time in the regular season (if you recall, they traveled there in the preseason, skating away with a victory on October 4th).  Albany was lucky to escape the first period without giving up a goal, getting outshot 10-5 and having to kill off 3 separate power plays.  During a 4 on 4 early in the second, Nick Cousins would get a goal just over the glove of Scott Clemmensen to put the hosts up 1-0.  Albany did wake up a little in the second with 19 shots on goal, but nothing got past rookie goaltender Anthony Stolarz.  But the rally began in the third, thanks to more whistles.  Just after a power play expired, Rod Pelley would tie the game up at 1.  Midway through the period, just 23 seconds into another power play, Paul Thompson would put the visitors ahead with his 19th of the season.  But Andrew Gordon would re-tie the game just over a minute later.  Then on power play #9 of the night, Stefan Matteau would score the go ahead goal for a 3-2 win.  Scott Clemmensen stopped 32 of 34 shots in picking up his third win, his first since returning from the mumps, and even got an assist.  Albany went 2 for 10 on the power play and killed off all 7 shorthanded situations.  Matteau, Dan Kelly, Reece Scarlett, Seth Helgeson, and David Wohlberg all had helpers.

Highlights:

Lines:

Stefan Matteau-Darcy Zajac-Mike Sislo

Reid Boucher-Kelly Zajac-Paul Thompson

Alexandre Carrier-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Chris McKelvie-David Wohlberg-Cam Janssen

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

Defense:

Seth Helgeson/Reece Scarlett

Dan Kelly/Joe Faust

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Mike Keenan

1/17 at Hershey: 5-4 L (OT)

It was off to Chocolatetown for the first time this season as Albany faced off against the Bears.  And things didn’t get off to a great start–Casey Wellman scored just 10 seconds into the contest.  Tomas Kundratek would add a power play goal three minutes later, putting the visitors in a very early hole.  But Albany would rally to tie it up on a Stefan Matteau power play goal (his second in two games) and Reece Scarlett’s first goal of the season (doing his best Eric Gelinas impression in the process).  The Bears would retake the lead on a Stanislav Galiev goal.  Did I mention this was all during the first period?  The back and forth continued during the second period, as the Devils rallied yet again.  Darcy Zajac would score his 4th on a power play to re-tie the game, only to have Chris Conner take the lead back on a power play breakaway chance.  But on a 5 on 3 opportunity, Reid Boucher would tie things up again with his 11th.  Things would get quite physical after that, as both Chris McKelvie (two fighting majors) and Dan Kelly (elbowing major) all were tossed from the game, while Seth Helgeson (continuing altercation) spent most of the third in the penalty box.  Albany did manage to kill off the five minute major midway through the third, and made it to overtime.  But a perfect week was not in the cards.  With Rod Pelley in the penalty box on a questionable slashing call, Galiev (on his birthday no less) would score the game winner in a 4 on 3 situation with 3:14 remaining in overtime to give the Bears the extra point.  Scott Wedgewood recovered from a shaky first to stop 24 of 29 shots.  Scarlett added two assists, while Matteau and three others each had helpers.  Both teams combined for 113 penalty minutes, with Albany amassing a season high of 65.

Highlights:

Lines:

Stefan Matteau-Darcy Zajac-Mike Sislo

Reid Boucher-Kelly Zajac-Paul Thompson

Ben Johnson-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Chris McKelvie-David Wohlberg-Cam Janssen

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

Defense:

Seth Helgeson/Reece Scarlett

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Brandon Burlon/Dan Kelly

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Joe Faust

Pop Quiz: In the Albany Devil era, what is the biggest deficit the team has faced before coming from behind to win?  The answer coming up.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

Darcy Zajac reminding everyone of the old Albany-Adirondack days with this one.

My Player of the Week:

Nice to finally see Stefan Matteau have a breakout week.  Assist on the game winning goal on Wednesday, followed up by multi point efforts in both road contests, including two power play goals.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (19)

Assists: Paul Thompson (14)

Points: Paul Thompson (33)

+/-: Paul Thompson (+13)

Penalty Minutes: Dan Kelly (73)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (6)

GAA: Scott Clemmensen (2.45)

Save Percentage: Scott Clemmensen/Maxime Clermont (.912)

ECHL Update:

Eric Baier (Orlando): 17 GP, 4 G, 5 A, 9 points, 11 PIM, +7

Injury Report: Raman Hrabarenka (facial) is practicing, but no word on when he will return.  Graham Black (upper) and Scott Timmins (lower) remain out.

This Week’s Schedule: Three games leading up to the AHL All Star Break.  Wednesday the Devils finish up their season series against Bridgeport on home ice.  New Jersey’s home ice, that is, as the game is at Prudential Center (and I will be in attendance!).  Friday and Saturday sees a home and home against Worcester, with Friday night in central Massachusetts and a quick turnaround at home early Saturday afternoon, as the front end of a local hockey doubleheader (RPI and Union will play the nightcap in the annual Mayor’s Cup matchup).

Pop Quiz Answer: The biggest deficit overcome by an A-Devils team?  Four goals.  On January 6, 2012, Albany entered the third period trailing Norfolk 4-0.  But in a span of 11 minutes and 47 seconds, Nick Palmieri, Mike Hoeffel, Matt Anderson, and Eric Gelinas would all score, forcing overtime.  And Joe Whitney finished off the comeback 3 and a half minutes in, giving Albany a 5-4 win.  Back in 2011, they overcame a 4-1 deficit in the third on two different occasions, winning 5-4 against Worcester on February 18 (no one remind coach David Cunniff about that night, his pen throwing incident late in the third lead up to the winning goal), and a 5-4 win against Bridgeport on March 9 (the Chad Wiseman 4 goal game).

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Week 14 Recap: A Familiar Place

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

1/9 vs. Hershey: 4-0 L

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

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Kelly Zajac-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-David Wohlberg-Mike Sislo

Rod Pelley-Chris McKelvie-Stefan Matteau

Ben Thomson-Darcy Zajac-Cam Janssen

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

Defense:

Dan Kelly/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Joe Faust

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Eric Baier

1/10 vs. Bridgeport: 3-1 W

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

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Kelly Zajac-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Darcy Zajac-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-David Wohlberg-Ben Thomson

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Cam Janssen

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

Defense:

Dan Kelly/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Joe Faust

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Eric Baier

1/11 at Springfield: 2-1 L

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

Highlights:

Lines:

Reid Boucher-Darcy Zajac-Mike Sislo

Joe Whitney-Kelly Zajac-Paul Thompson

Chris McKelvie-David Wohlberg-Stefan Matteau

Ben Johnson-Rod Pelley-Cam Janssen

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

Defense:

Dan Kelly/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Eric Baier

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Joe Faust

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

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

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

My Player of the Week:

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

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (17)

Assists: Joe Whitney (19)

Points: Joe Whitney (33)

+/-: Paul Thompson (+14)

Penalty Minutes: Darcy Zajac (65)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (5)

GAA: Maxime Clermont (2.50)

Save Percentage: Maxime Clermont (.912)

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Week 13 Recap: Hard Luck and a Breakout

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

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

12/30 vs. Providence: 3-2 L

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

Highlights:

Lines:

Reid Boucher-Graham Black-Paul Thompson

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Ben Johnson-Darcy Zajac-Alexandre Carrier

Cam Janssen-Mike Keenan-Joe Faust

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

Defense:

Mark Fraser/Reece Scarlett

Dan Kelly/Eric Baier

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka

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

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

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

Highlights:

Lines:

Ben Thomson-Graham Black-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-David Wohlberg-Stefan Matteau

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Alexandre Carrier

Ben Johnson-Darcy Zajac-Cam Janssen

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

Defense:

Mark Fraser/Reece Scarlett

Dan Kelly/Brandon Burlon

Corbin McPherson/Mike Keenan

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

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

1/3 at Bridgeport: 7-4 W

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

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Graham Black-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-David Wohlberg-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-Rod Pelley-Chris McKelvie

Ben Thomson-Darcy Zajac-Cam Janssen

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

Defense:

Dan Kelly/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Joe Faust

Mike Keenan/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Eric Baier

1/4 at Bridgeport: 4-3 L

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

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Graham Black-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-David Wohlberg-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-Rod Pelley-Chris McKelvie

Ben Thomson-Darcy Zajac-Cam Janssen

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

Defense:

Dan Kelly/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Joe Faust

Mike Keenan/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Eric Baier

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

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

Ben Thomson gets his rematch Friday night:

My Player of the Week:

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

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (15)

Assists: Joe Whitney (19)

Points: Joe Whitney (32)

+/-: Paul Thompson (+14)

Penalty Minutes: Darcy Zajac (63)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (5)

GAA: Scott Clemmensen (2.28)

Save Percentage: Scott Clemmensen (.916)

ECHL Update:

No update since all ECHLers are currently on the roster.

Injury Update:

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

This Week’s Schedule:

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

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

 

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Week 12 Recap: Working Overtime

Back to work after Christmas for the Devils, and it was a daunting task…taking on the top two teams in the division, along with dealing with the turmoil up top and the possibility of more callups, not to mention the mumps epidemic showing up.  But they persevered, taking three out of four points in two fought out thrillers.

12/26 at Syracuse: 3-2 L (OT)

While New Jersey was cleaning house behind the bench, Albany was off to Onondaga County for the second time in 6 days for a rematch with the Crunch, who were looking to extend their winning streak to double digits.  First period had no scoring, but a renewal of physical play from Saturday’s matchup, as both teams combined for 22 penalty minutes.  Second period saw more scrums…and both teams exchanging goals, as Brandon Burlon gave the visitors a 1-0 advantage just under 5 minutes into the period.  After a missed penalty shot by teammate Nikita Nesterov just a minute and a half earlier, Mike Blunden would tie it up with 7 minutes to go.  Reid Boucher continued his hot streak early in the third period with his 8th (also his 5th straight game with at least one point) to put Albany ahead 2-1.  With the way the team and Scott Wedgewood was playing, the Crunch winning streak was in danger of coming to a halt at 9 games.  But…an unlikely hero emerged, as former River Rat Joey Mormina would tie the game at 2 with just 1:27 remaining in regulation.  Albany had a chance of ending things with a 4 on 3 power play to start overtime, but no such luck.  After another scrum, the teams would go to 3 on 3 early during the extra session…and Vladimir Namestnikov would be the hero, getting the game winner with just under 3 minutes to go to extend the Crunch winning streak to 10…and the overtime woes continue for Albany.  Wedgewood played outstanding despite the loss, stopping 34 of 37 shots.  Joe Whitney contributed two assists and Joe Faust had his second career point assisting Boucher’s goal.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Tim Sestito-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Graham Black-Stefan Matteau

Darcy Zajac-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

David Wohlberg-Ben Johnson-Alexandre Carrier

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Chris McKelvie, Scott Timmins, Mike Sislo, Cam Janssen

Defense:

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Mark Fraser/Reece Scarlett

Dan Kelly/Joe Faust

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Eric Baier, Mike Keenan

Saturday: After the reveal of the three headed coaching monster behind New Jersey’s bench, Tim Sestito was recalled yet again, and he skated on the fourth line at MSG with Jordin Tootoo and Stephen Gionta in a 3-1 loss to the Rangers.

And the reason for Maxime Clermont’s mysterious recall was also answered: Scott Clemmensen became the fifth Devil to fall victim to the mumps.  Let us pray that no one else on the current roster here is next in line.

12/27 vs. Springfield: 4-3 W (OT)

For the first time in 20 days, Albany was finally back on Times Union Center ice, playing host to the Falcons for just the second time this season.  After a relatively uneventful first period that saw both teams stay off the scoresheet, the Devils got on the board in a big way in the second.  David Wohlberg (on a nice breakaway shot) and Graham Black would score 32 seconds apart for a 2-0 lead.  But the visitors would tie on two straight power play opportunities over a 3 minute span from Josh Anderson and Frederic St. Denis (doing his best Gelinas impression).  Reid Boucher extended his scoring streak with a power play goal of his own to put Albany back up by one.  Then the penalty kill let the team down again, as Ryan Craig would tie it up at 3 with 12 minutes to go in regulation.  It was on to overtime for the second straight night, and things ended in a hurry…Joe Whitney would score the game winner just 34 seconds in for the win, the second OT win for the Devils in 13 days after going almost 3 years without one.  Another strong performance in net by Scott Wedgewood, as he stopped 22 of 25 shots in picking up his 5th win.  Whitney had two more assists, while Reece Scarlett and Brandon Burlon each had helpers.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Graham Black-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Rod Pelley-Stefan Matteau

Chris McKelvie-Darcy Zajac-Alexandre Carrier

Cam Janssen-David Wohlberg-Ben Thomson

Extra: Kelly Zajac, Scott Timmins, Mike Sislo, Ben Johnson

Defense:

Mark Fraser/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burl0n/Corbin McPherson

Dan Kelly/Eric Baier

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Joe Faust, Mike Keenan

Pop Quiz: If Maxime Clermont gets a start in net during his recall, he will be the 5th goaltender to make an appearance.  Which Albany AHL team saw the most goaltenders see action during one season?  The answer upcoming.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

After Mark Fraser raised the roof last Saturday night, this was pretty much expected.

My Player of the Week:

Four assists and the game winning overtime goal on Saturday?  A very good two days for Joe Whitney.  Honorable mention to Reid Boucher for his continued hot streak.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (13)

Assists: Joe Whitney (17)

Points: Joe Whitney (28)

+/-: Paul Thompson (+11)

Penalty Minutes: Darcy Zajac (63)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (5)

GAA: Scott Clemmensen (2.28)

Save Percentage: Scott Clemmensen (.916)

ECHL Update:

Myles Bell (Evansville): 23 GP, 8 G, 7 A, 15 Pts, 9 PIM

Injury Report:

Chris McKelvie and Cam Janssen rejoined the lineup on Saturday.  Kelly Zajac is practicing and close to returning, while Raman Hrabarenka and Scott Timmins remain out.  Mike Sislo missed the week due to illness, fingers crossed it’s not the M word.

This Week’s Schedule:

A very busy schedule this week to close out 2014 and ring in 2015.  Tuesday night Providence makes their only visit to the Capital Region.  Then Syracuse comes calling again on Friday, but this time on home ice.  Then it’s off to Bridgeport for matchups on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon against the Sound Tigers, the last visit to southern Connecticut for the regular season.

Pop Quiz Answer: A whopping 7 different goaltenders appeared in at least 1 game in the River Rats inaugural 1993-94 season: Corey Schwab (51 games), Peter Sidorkiewicz (15), Mike Dunham (5), Matt DelGuidice (5), Chad Erickson (4), Mark Gowans (1), and Brian Langlot (1).  Tied for second place are the 1995-96 River Rats (Dunham, Sidorkiewicz, Schwab, DelGuidice, Andre Racicot, Mike Heinke) and the 2005-06 Rats (Frank Doyle, Ari Ahonen, Gregg Naumenko, Scott Clemmensen, Josh Disher, Chris Terreri) with 6 each.

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Week 11 Recap: Pre Holiday Split

A quick two game road trip for the Devils before heading out for the Christmas break, against one team decimated by callups, the other on a winning streak.  2 out of 4 points in two very close games, including a conditioning stint cameo and a possible rivalry returning to the surface resulted.

12/19 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: 4-2 W

The trip began Friday night in northeast Pennsylvania, as Albany made its first of two visits this season to Wilkes-Barre Township to take on the Penguins, who were missing a chunk of the regular roster due to illness and injury ravaging the parent club in Pittsburgh.  Reid Boucher got the visitors on the board midway through the first on a power play goal, his 6th of the season.  Mike Sislo, in his first appearance since returning to Albany on Monday, scored on another power play midway through the second to double the lead.  The Pens would finally get on the board just as the third period began, as Conor Sheary would score on a power play to cut the lead in half.  Brandon Burlon would score on yet another power play with just over 3 minutes to go in the game, and that goal would prove to be very important.  Derrick Pouliot would bring the Pens back to within one just 15 seconds later.  But Paul Thompson would score into an empty net with 6 seconds remaining to seal the win, just the third time in franchise history a Devils team won in Wilkes-Barre.  On the same night Keith Kinkaid would finally get his first NHL win in New Jersey, Scott Clemmensen drew the start and picked up his second win, stopping 19 of 21 Penguin shots.  Adam Larsson, in his one game conditioning cameo appearance, got two assists and played in all situations.  Burlon and three other Devils each had helpers.

Highlights:

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Paul Thompson-Graham Black

Reid Boucher-Rod Pelley-Mike Sislo

Stefan Matteau-Ben Thomson-Darcy Zajac

David Wohlberg-Ben Johnson-Alexandre Carrier

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

Defense:

Mark Fraser/Reece Scarlett

Adam Larsson/Dan Kelly

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Joe Faust, Eric Baier, Mike Keenan

Saturday: As expected, Adam Larsson was recalled to New Jersey after his one game cameo appearance in Wilkes-Barre.  But he wasn’t going up alone…Mike Sislo joined him after Mike Cammalleri was placed on injured reserve.  Larsson was unceremoniously scratched for Saturday’s home loss to Washington, while Sislo played on the third line with Martin Havlat and Adam Henrique.

12/20 at Syracuse: 3-2 L

To finish off the weekend, the Devils traveled roughly 3 hours north on Interstate 81 (from someone who did this drive last season…it feels much longer than that) to Syracuse for the first of 4 visits this season to the War Memorial to take on a very hot Crunch team.  Syracuse had won their last 8 in a row coming in.  And it showed during the first period, as former River Rat Mike Angelidis (on a power play) and Mike Blunden scored nearly five minutes apart for a 2-0 advantage.  Reid Boucher would cut the lead in half with his second power play goal of the weekend and his 7th of the season 7:32 into the second period.  Forty seconds later…it felt like the old River Rats-Crunch rivalry was making a comeback, and former Devil Matt Corrente was in the middle of it all, taking on Alexandre Carrier and saluting the crowd as he skated to the box.  In that ensuing scrum, Brandon Burlon was called for a four minute double minor for spearing.  And the Crunch took advantage, taking a 3-1 lead on a Vladimir Namestnikov goal.  Not long after that goal, a second fight broke out between Mark Fraser and J.P. Cote, and it literally made Fraser raise the roof.  Things finally settled down during the third, when only one penalty was called, and the Devils tried to mount a rally.  Paul Thompson would score his 13th to get the visitors back to within one, but no more.  Scott Wedgewood took the loss in net, stopping 28 of 31 Crunch shots.  Three Devils added assists.

Highlights:

Lines:

With Sislo up, it was an 11/7 lineup…or a D played at forward.  This is what I was able to catch:

Joe Whitney-Graham Black-Paul Thompson

Reid Boucher-Rod Pelley-Stefan Matteau

Darcy Zajac-Ben Thomson-Alexandre Carrier

David Wohlberg-Ben Johnson-

Pelley-Zajac-Matteau

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

Defense:

Mark Fraser/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Corbin McPherson

Dan Kelly/Joe Faust

Eric Baier-7th D/12th forward

Extra: Raman Hrabarenka, Mike Keenan

Pop Quiz: Who was the first Devil goaltender to win a game in Wilkes-Barre?  Stay tuned for the answer.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

Welcome to the AHL, Alexandre Carrier.  Here, survive a bout with PL3 for your first official fight:

Bonus: Carrier’s encore in Syracuse, with a kiss from Matt Corrente.

My Player of the Week:

Finally nice to see Reid Boucher getting his scoring touch back, with goals in back to back games this week.  Sadly it may not be enough for him to get a more than one game recall to New Jersey…

Team Leaders:

Goals: Paul Thompson (13)

Assists: 2 tied with 13

Points: Joe Whitney (23)

+/-: Paul Thompson (+11)

Penalty Minutes: Darcy Zajac (57)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (4)

GAA: Scott Clemmensen (2.28)

Save Percentage: Scott Clemmensen (.916)

ECHL Update:

Myles Bell (Evansville): 20 GP, 8 G, 6 A, 14 pts., 7 PIM

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

Injury Update:

Raman Hrabarenka remains out indefinitely.  Chris McKelvie, Kelly Zajac, and Cam Janssen were back practicing this week, so it may not be long before their returns.  No update on Scott Timmins.

This Week’s Schedule:

After enjoying a few days off for Christmas, it’s back to work with two huge divisional games this weekend.  Friday night Albany returns to the War Memorial in Syracuse for a second crack at breaking the Crunch winning streak.  Then it’s back on Times Union Center ice Saturday afternoon for just the second matchup of the season against Springfield.

Pop Quiz Answer: The first Devil goaltender to win a game in Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre?  It was Jeff Frazee, who stopped 25 of 26 shots in a 2-1 Devil win on December 19, 2011.  Side note: both goals came from former Devil/current Falcon Mike Hoeffel.

Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas!  Or Hanukkah, or Festivus, or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate.

(Note: Photo Gallery is taking a week off, will return next Sunday.)

 

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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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