Game 40: Albany vs. Syracuse

Location: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Syracuse leads 2-0.

Media Kit

Standings:

Albany: 22-15-1-1, 46 points, .590, 2nd place in North Division

Syracuse: 20-10-2-5, 47 points, .635, 1st place in North Division

Crunch Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Matt Taormina, 37 points (12 G, 25 A); Yanni Gourde, 28 points (12 G, 16 A); Cory Conacher, 26 points (6 G, 20 A)

Adam Wilcox, 14-5-2, 2.53 GAA; Kristers Gudlevskis, 6-5-5, 2.72 GAA

Last Game, Crunch: Syracuse defeated Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4-1 at home on Monday.

Latest News/Notes:

Syracuse is likely the AHL leader in player transactions this season, with as many as 16 players getting at least one callup to Tampa Bay, with Jake Dotchin the latest on Tuesday; 6 Crunch regulars are currently on recall to the Lightning due to injuries; former Devil Matt Taormina, selected last week to represent the Crunch at the All Star Classic, currently leads all AHL defensemen in three major scoring categories (goals, assists, points); with the return of Nick Lappin from New Jersey and possible returns for John Quenneville, Vojtech Mozik, and Jan Mandat this week, Brian Ward, Tylor Spink and Justin Agosta were all released from their professional tryouts; Ken Appleby is one of only two qualified AHL goaltenders with a GAA under 2 (Juuse Saros of Milwaukee, currently on recall to Nashville, is the other and the current leader with 1.76).

Pests, power punches and toughest foes (syracuse.com)

Crunch capitalize early to defeat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4-1 (Raw Charge)

New Jersey Devils Prospect Update 1/17 (All About the Jersey)

Lappin returns from NHL (Times Union)

Broadcast Info: AHL Live or ESPN Radio Syracuse

Social: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @SyracuseCrunch

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Week 14 in Review: Patchwork Makes It Work

So…four forwards injured or ill.  Three other players called up to New Jersey due to injury/extended travel west.  Four new players plugged in to fill the void.

And…it actually worked!  Taking 5 out of 6 points for the week is not a bad showing, despite the lineup challenges.

1/11 at Springfield: 3-2 W (OT)

To start the week, all the Devils had to do was make a quick trip east on the Mass Pike to Springfield, for their first ever matchup against the Thunderbirds and former River Rats captain Geordie Kinnear.  Both teams would trade goals in the first period…Brent Regner would give Springfield an early lead, only to have Carter Camper tie things up later on with his second goal of the season.  After a relatively quiet second period, things would get interesting in the final 20 minutes.  Ryan Kujawinski would finally pick up goal #1 of the season with 13:26 remaining to put the Devils ahead 2-1.  And just as it looked like the Devils would pull it out in regulation…the T-Birds were not ready to pack it in just yet.  With former Devil Mike McKenna pulled for an extra attacker, their lone All Star selection, Mackenzie Weegar, would get the puck past Ken Appleby with 1:41 remaining to tie the game up at 2.  But in the end, the road team would get the last laugh…Ben Sexton would score the game winner, his 10th, with 1:40 remaining in the extra period to give the Devils the extra point.  Appleby would stop 33 of 35 shots in his 9th win of the season.  A pair of PTOs, Brian Ward (Adirondack) and Jacob MacDonald (Toledo), would each have one assist, along with three other Devils.

Lines:

Brian Gibbons-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Max Novak-Blake Pietila-Tylor Spink

Ryan Kujawinski-Kevin Rooney-Brian Ward

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Ty Loney

Defense:

Vojtech Mozik/Brandon Gormley

Reece Scarlett/Jacob MacDonald

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Joe Blandisi, Jan Mandat, John Quenneville, Scott Wedgewood, Petr Straka

Power Play: 0 for 5.  Penalty Kill: 4 for 4.  Penalty Minutes: 8.  Shots on Goal: 37.  Shots Allowed: 35.

3 Stars: 1. Ben Sexton; 2. Mackenzie Weegar; 3. Mike McKenna.

Highlight Reel:

1/13 vs. Springfield: 3-2 L (OT)

Friday night came the rematch on Albany’s home ice, with the only changes coming in net: Mackenzie Blackwood and Reto Berra got their turns in net.  This time, it would be Albany jumping out to the early lead…with Andrew MacWilliam in the penalty box serving an interference call, Jacob MacDonald (or as I have dubbed him, Last Week’s New Guy…got to keep the PTOs straight somehow) would get his first AHL goal shorthanded to make it 1-0.  After struggling to get shots on net, the Thunderbirds would find their way onto the scoresheet midway through the second, as former Ranger Dylan McIlrath, who was sent to Springfield by the Panthers for a conditioning stint, would tie the game up at 1.  But, less than two minutes later, Ben Sexton would pick up a power play goal, his 11th, to put Albany back on top 2-1.  Much like Wednesday night, the Devils were looking to hold on to that lead through the third…and then the same thing happened again.  With Berra pulled, the T-Birds would tie the game at 2 with just 52 seconds remaining in regulation.  Unfortunately for Albany, this overtime round would not end the way they wanted it…on the T-Birds first shot of the extra period, Shane Harper would pick up the game winner less than two minutes in for the extra point.  It marked the first overtime loss for the Devils this season, and also the first loss at home when holding a lead after the first or second period (they were 10-0 going in).  Blackwood did not have much work to do, only stopping 16 of 19 shots.  Three Devils would have one assist each.

Lines:

Blake Pietila-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Ryan Kujawinski-Kevin Rooney-Ty Loney

Tylor Spink-Brian Gibbons-Max Novak

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Brian Ward

Defense:

Vojtech Mozik/Brandon Gormley

Reece Scarlett/Jacob MacDonald

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby

Scratches: Joe Blandisi, Jan Mandat, John Quenneville, Nick Lappin, Scott Wedgewood, Petr Straka, Justin Agosta

Power Play: 1 for 3.  Penalty Kill: 3 for 3.  Penalty Minutes: 11.  Shots on Goal: 26.  Shots Allowed: 19.

3 Stars: 1. Shane Harper; 2. Matt MacKenzie; 3. Jacob MacDonald.

Highlight Reel:

1/14 at Binghamton: 3-2 W

To finish off the week, the Devils headed west to Binghamton to take on the Senators.  Unlike the last time the team visited Broome County in November, when the Sens had a 3-0 lead less than 5 minutes into the contest, it would be Albany getting off to a strong start in the first.  Just 14 seconds after getting their first power play opportunity of the night, Ben Sexton would continue his big week, picking up his 12th goal for a 1-0 lead.  After the Senators had a potential tying goal waved off, the Devils would double their lead on Brandon Gormley’s 2nd goal of the season.  In the second, despite a 20-9 shot differential in favor of Albany, it would be Binghamton getting into the game.  Jason Akeson and Max McCormick would tie the game up with goals 1:40 apart.  However, Sexton would end up with the last laugh late in the period, as his second power play goal of the night would put the Devils back ahead 3-2.  Albany was able to prevent the Senators from re-tying the game, actually surviving a sixth attacker situation late in this one to pull out the win.  Another strong outing from Ken Appleby, who stopped 21 of 23 shots in win #10.  Carter Camper added two assists, while Gormley and PTO pickup Ty Loney had one helper each.

Lines:

Ryan Kujawinski-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Brian Gibbons-Blake Pietila-Ty Loney

Brian Ward-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Tylor Spink-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Defense:

Josh Jacobs/Brandon Gormley

Andrew MacWilliam/Justin Agosta

Reece Scarlett/Jacob MacDonald

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Joe Blandisi, Jan Mandat, John Quenneville, Vojtech Mozik, Nick Lappin, Scott Wedgewood, Petr Straka

Power Play: 2 for 2.  Penalty Kill: 2 for 2.  Penalty Minutes: 9.  Shots on Goal: 34.  Shots Allowed: 23.

3 Stars: 1. Ben Sexton; 2. Brandon Gormley; 3. Max McCormick.

Highlight Reel:

My Player of the Week:

This week is basically a slam dunk choice…Ben Sexton stepped it up this week with most of the firepower out of the lineup.  With four goals, two of those game winners, he may have a legitimate shot at AHL Player of the Week honors.  Honorable mentions to two of the PTOs, Jacob MacDonald and Ty Loney, for stepping in and doing a great job filling in.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Blake Pietila/Ben Sexton (13)

Assists: John Quenneville (17)

Points: John Quenneville (27)

+/-: Vojtech Mozik (+11)

Penalty Minutes: Andrew MacWilliam (61)

Wins: Ken Appleby (10)

GAA: Ken Appleby (1.87)

Save Percentage: Ken Appleby (.929)

Up North with the Thunder:

It wasn’t the greatest of weeks for Adirondack, as they went 1-2 and were outscored 14-11.  Their lone win came on Wednesday night, a 5-1 win at home against Elmira.  Before getting the PTO call, Ty Loney had one goal and two assists, while local product and captain Peter MacArthur picked up a hat trick.  On Friday, the Thunder had a 2-0 lead after one, proceeded to give up 4 goals to Manchester in the second, score three more of their own, blow the lead in the third, tie the game up with 7 seconds remaining in regulation, then ultimately lose 7-6 to the Monarchs in overtime.  The two teams would continue their weekend set Saturday in New Hampshire, where Manchester would take a 6-3 decision.  Adirondack and Manchester finish up their three game series on Monday afternoon in Glens Falls, then the Thunder will host the ECHL All Star Game on Wednesday evening.  Adirondack will hit the road for the weekend, starting Friday in Reading then heading south to Norfolk on Saturday.

This Week’s Schedule:

A big divisional week lies ahead for the Devils.  On Wednesday, they will host Syracuse for the first time all season in a 1st vs. 2nd battle.  Then it’s off to Newfoundland for the next two, as they face St. John’s on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

 

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Game 39: Albany at Binghamton

Location: Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY.

Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 3-2.

Media Kit

Standings:

Albany: 21-15-1-1, 44 points, .579, 2nd place in North Division

Binghamton: 15-18-2-1, 33 points, .458, tied for 5th in North Division

Senators Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Phil Varone, 22 points (8 G, 14 A); 2 tied with 16 points

Chris Driedger, 8-5-2, 2.72 GAA; Scott Greenham, 0-1-0, 7.15 GAA

Last Game, Senators: Binghamton defeated Bridgeport 3-2 in overtime at home on Friday.

Latest News/Notes:

The Senators have won 7 out of their last 10, including last night’s win against the Sound Tigers; they are in the middle of a 3 in 3 weekend, with a trip south to Hershey on Sunday afternoon to wrap it up; New Jersey sent forward Nick Lappin down to Albany on Friday, but he likely will not appear in a game until next week; John Quenneville (illness) is expected to return next week, along with Jan Mandat (leg).  No timetable available for Joe Blandisi, who had a setback in his recovery.

Surging B-Sens down Bridgeport in overtime (pressconnects.com)

Albany Devils can’t hold on against Springfield (Times Union)

Broadcast Info: AHL Live or US 96.9 FM

Social: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @SenatorsAHL

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By the Numbers: 2016-17 First Half

With the conclusion of Friday’s night overtime loss to Springfield at home, the Devils have officially reached the midpoint of the 2016-17 season.  Before we start game #39 and beyond, let’s take a look at how Albany fared during the first 38.

Record: 21-15-1-1, 44 points, .579 percentage.  Second place in North Division, 6th place in Eastern Conference, 13th in AHL.

Home: 13-5-1-0

Away: 8-10-0-1

 

Team Leaders:

(top 3 skaters; x-inactive)

Goals: Blake Pietila/x-Blake Coleman (13), Ben Sexton (11), John Quenneville (10)

Assists: John Quenneville (17), Joe Blandisi (14), Reece Scarlett (13)

Points: John Quenneville (27), Blake Pietila (25), x-Blake Coleman (23)

+/-: x-Blake Coleman (+15), x-Karl Stollery/Vojtech Mozik/x-Seth Helgeson (+11), Jan Mandat (+7)

Penalty Minutes: Andrew MacWilliam (61), Ben Thomson (59), Joe Blandisi (44)

Power Play Goals: John Quenneville/Ben Sexton (5), Blake Pietila/Brian Gibbons (4), Vojtech Mozik (3)

Power Play Assists: John Quenneville (9), Joe Blandisi (8), Reece Scarlett (7)

Shorthanded Goals: x-Blake Coleman/Kevin Rooney/Max Novak/Jacob MacDonald (1)

Shorthanded Assists: Kevin Rooney/Ryan Kujawinski/Max Novak (1)

Game Winning Goals: x-Blake Coleman (4), Blake Pietila (3), John Quenneville/Joe Blandisi/Ben Sexton/Brian Gibbons (2)

Shots on Goal: John Quenneville (89), Blake Pietila (76), x-Blake Coleman (74)

Wins: Ken Appleby (9), Mackenzie Blackwood (7), Scott Wedgewood (5)

GAA: Ken Appleby (1.86), Scott Wedgewood (2.18), Mackenzie Blackwood (3.20)

Shutouts: 0

Save Percentage: Ken Appleby (.930), Scott Wedgewood (.912), Mackenzie Blackwood (.888)

 

Individual/League Leaders:

Major Penalties: Ben Thomson, 7 (1st)

GAA: Ken Appleby, 1.86 (3rd)

Save Percentage: Ken Appleby, .930 (tied for 3rd)

Rookie Points: John Quenneville, 27 (5th); Blake Coleman, 23 (tied for 8th)

Rookie Goals: Blake Coleman, 13 (3rd)

Rookie Power Play Goals: John Quenneville, 5 (tied for 3rd)

Rookie Power Play Assists: John Quenneville, 9 (tied for 3rd)

Rookie Power Play Points: John Quenneville, 14 (3rd)

Rookie Shots: John Quenneville, 89 (3rd)

Rookie Shootout Goals: John Quenneville, 2 (tied for 2nd)

Rookie Game Winning Goals: Blake Coleman, 4 (tied for 1st)

Rookie Plus/Minus: Blake Coleman, +15 (4th)

Defenseman Major Penalties: Andrew MacWilliam, 5 (tied for 1st)

 

TEAM STATS (with league rankings)

Attendance: 2,955 (30th)

Penalty Minutes: 647, avg 17.03/game (4th)

Power Play: 16.5% (tied for 18th)

Penalty Kill: 82.8% (10th)

Goals For: 2.79 (tied for 15th)

Goals Against: 2.63 (6th)

Shots For: 28.21 (22nd)

Shots Against: 27.18 (3rd)

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Game 38: Albany vs. Springfield

Location: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 1-0.

Media Kit

Standings:

Albany: 21-15-0-1, 43 points, .581, 2nd place in North Division

Springfield: 14-13-5-2, 35 points, .515, 6th place in Atlantic Division

Thunderbirds Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Chase Balisy, 21 points (7 G, 14 A); Mackenzie Weegar, 15 points (9 G, 6 A); 3 players tied with 13 points

Reto Berra, 8-6-2, 2.23 GAA; Mike McKenna, 6-7-5, 3.10 GAA

Last Game, Thunderbirds: Springfield lost to Albany 3-2 in overtime at home on Wednesday.

Latest News/Notes:

We’ll call this the alumni edition, as several T-Bird personnel have ties to Albany:

This is the first appearance in the Capital Region for former River Rat Geordie Kinnear as a head coach, he will be making his first visit to the area since 2011 when he was an assistant coach in Charlotte; also on his staff as an assistant is former Rat Michael Ryan (from the Carolina affiliation); forward Graham Black has one goal and one assist in eight appearances, but has been out since November due to injury; Paul Thompson has 15 points in 20 games, and was recalled to the Panthers on December 4th (he actually appeared in Monday’s win against New Jersey at The Rock); goaltender Mike McKenna moved with the team from Portland and has 6 wins in 18 appearances.

On the home side: a third PTO, defenseman Justin Agosta (Manchester), is on the Devil roster.

Former Devil Graham Black looks to return for Springfield (Times Union)

AHLOTB: Fan favorite McKenna an AHL fixture (theahl.com)

Geordie Kinnear returns to Albany as a head coach (Times Union)

New Jersey Devils Prospect Update 1/10 (All About the Jersey)

Broadcast Info: AHL Live or WHYN 560 AM

Social: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @thunderbirdsahl, @KatyLovesHockey

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Game 37: Albany at Springfield

Location: Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA.

Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: First meeting of 4.  Future matchups: January 13th & March 17th @ Albany; March 19th @ Springfield

Media Kit

Standings:

Albany: 20-15-0-1, 41 points, .569, 2nd place in North Division

Springfield: 14-13-4-2, 34 points, .515, 6th place in Atlantic Division

Thunderbirds Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Chase Balisy, 20 points (7 G, 13 A); Mackenzie Weegar, 14 points (8 G, 6 A); 3 players tied with 12 points

Reto Berra, 8-6-2, 2.23 GAA; Mike McKenna, 6-7-4, 3.11 GAA

Last Game, Thunderbirds: Springfield lost to Providence 4-1 at home on Saturday.

Latest News/Notes:

Springfield has won 2 of 3 since turning the calendar to 2017; four of their next five games are on home ice, with just Friday’s game in Albany the lone road trip; defenseman Mackenzie Weegar is the lone All Star representative; Karl Stollery and Blake Coleman were summoned to New Jersey on Tuesday as the parent Devils head to western Canada;  with just 11 forwards available, the team has brought in two PTOs: forward Tylor Spink from Toledo and Ty Loney from Adirondack.

Springfield Thunderbirds drop home contest to Providence Bruins (MassLive.com)

Weegar named to AHL All-Star Classic (Florida Panthers)

A-Devils Podcast: Kevin Rooney & World Junior Championships (Albany Devils)

Devils Recall Stollery, Coleman from AHL (All About the Jersey)

Broadcast Info: AHL Live or WHYN 560 AM

Social: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @thunderbirdsahl, @KatyLovesHockey

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Week 13 in Review: Of Domination and Deficits

This week was a tale of two teams.

First, you got a team where everything clicked at home.  Then to the (sort of) long road west, later south…and the whistling returned, among other things.

The result?  A 1-2 week for the Devils.

1/4 vs. St. John’s: 6-2 W

The week began with the third visit of the season from the IceCaps, who were in the midst of a long 10 game divisional road swing.  Much like the last two games, it was the Devils getting off to a quick start, as Carter Camper finally scored his first goal of the season just 1:14 into the contest for a 1-0 lead.  Blake Coleman would double the lead 33 seconds into the middle period with his 11th goal of the season.  The IceCaps would find their way onto the scoresheet 3:25 in on a Nikita Scherbak goal, only to have Brian Gibbons score his 9th 36 seconds later for a 3-1 lead.  On the first power play opportunity for either side, Blake Pietila took advantage and picked up his 13th goal for a 3 goal advantage.  Thirty-five seconds after that goal, the IceCaps would answer with Brett Lernout’s first goal of the season to make it 4-2.  However, Coleman would come through with his second goal of the period for a 5-2 Devil lead, chasing IceCap starter Charlie Lindgren in favor of former Devil Yann Danis.  The Devil scoring wasn’t quite finished…Ben Sexton would cap off a 5 goal second period with his 9th on a power play to give Albany a 6-2 lead.  Ken Appleby would be the benefactor of all this offense, as he only needed to stop 20 of 22 shots to pick up win #8 and a fourth straight victory for Albany.  Nine Devil skaters would pick up at least one point, lead by Coleman’s three: Gibbons, Sexton, Pietila, and Camper would finish with one goal/one assist, while Max Novak, John Quenneville, Reece Scarlett, and Yohann Auvitu added one assist each.

Lines:

Blake Pietila-Blake Coleman-Brian Gibbons

John Quenneville-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Ryan Kujawinski-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Brian Ward

Defense:

Reece Scarlett/Yohann Auvitu

Karl Stollery/Vojtech Mozik

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Seth Helgeson, Joe Blandisi, Jan Mandat, Scott Wedgewood, Brandon Gormley, Petr Straka

Power Play: 2 for 4.  Penalty Kill: 3 for 3.  Penalty Minutes: 6.  Shots on Goal: 32.  Shots Allowed: 22.

3 Stars: 1. Blake Coleman; 2. Brian Gibbons; 3. Blake Pietila.

Highlight Reel:

1/6 at Utica: 4-2 L

A three game road trip began down the Thruway on Friday night, as the Devils traveled to Utica to take on a struggling Comets team that was winless in their last 9 games. With Josh Jacobs serving a double minor for a high stick (his second high stick in a span of 3:24), Colby Robak would give the home team a 1-0 lead in the first with a power play goal.  Max Novak would match that later in the period with his fourth of the season just as the man advantage was about to expire.  Alexandre Grenier would put Utica ahead 2-1 in the second with his 9th goal of the season.  Just 14 seconds after the puck dropped to begin the third, Curtis Valk would put the Comets ahead 3-1 with his 11th goal of the season.  Blake Coleman continued his hot play as of late, scoring his 13th with 8:06 remaining to cut the Comet lead to 3-2.  Wacey Hamilton would put the final nail in the coffin late with an empty netter, bringing the Albany win streak to a halt at four games.  Mackenzie Blackwood would end up with the loss in net, stopping 28 of 31 shots.  Coleman and three other Devils would have one assist each.

Lines:

Blake Pietila-Blake Coleman-Brian Gibbons

John Quenneville-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Ryan Kujawinski-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Ben Thomson/Rod Pelley

Defense:

Reece Scarlett/Yohann Auvitu

Karl Stollery/Vojtech Mozik

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Jacob MacDonald

Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby

Scratches: Joe Blandisi, Jan Mandat, Scott Wedgewood, Brandon Gormley, Petr Straka, Brian Ward

Power Play: 1 for 4.  Penalty Kill: 7 for 8.  Penalty Minutes: 18.  Shots on Goal: 24.  Shots Allowed: 32.

3 Stars: 1. Colby Robak; 2. Blake Coleman; 3. Darren Archibald.

Highlight Reel:

Saturday: Albany found themselves down another defenseman, as Yohann Auvitu was summoned back to New Jersey before the parent Devils took on Edmonton.

1/7 at Lehigh Valley: 2-0 L

The week finished off in Allentown, as the Devils finally faced their old North Country rivals (that they never see anymore) the Phantoms.  It would be a battle of two very good rookie goaltenders, Alex Lyon for Lehigh Valley and Ken Appleby for Albany.  Appleby would be tested late in the first period after Jordan Weal was awarded a penalty shot, but the Phantoms All Star forward would be denied by the goalpost.  The Phantoms would find their way onto the scoreboard midway through the second, as just seconds after Ryan Kujawinski was whistled for an elbowing penalty, Greg Carey would pick up his 17th goal of the season to put the home team ahead 1-0.  Late in the period, during a Devils power play, Reece Scarlett would turnover the puck, which landed on the stick of Scott Laughton.  He would proceed on a break and score, doubling the Phantom lead.  Albany did manage to outshoot Lehigh Valley 10-7 in the third, and had a late 6 on 4 opportunity, but the offense was simply unable to get anything past Lyon, who picked up his second shutout of the season.  Appleby played well despite the loss, stopping 31 of 33 shots.

Lines:

John Quenneville-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Blake Pietila-Blake Coleman-Brian Gibbons

Ryan Kujawinski-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Brian Ward-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Defense:

Karl Stollery/Vojtech Mozik

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Reece Scarlett/Jacob MacDonald

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Joe Blandisi, Jan Mandat, Scott Wedgewood, Brandon Gormley, Petr Straka

Power Play: 0 for 7.  Penalty Kill: 4 for 5.  Penalty Minutes: 20.  Shots on Goal: 31.  Shots Allowed: 33.

3 Stars: 1. Alex Lyon; 2. Scott Laughton; 3. Greg Carey.

Highlight Reel:

My Player of the Week:

Again, another great week from Blake Coleman, adding three more goals and two more assists to his comeback season.  Still considered a rookie by AHL rules, he has joined teammate John Quenneville in the top 10 among league rookies in scoring, ranks third among rookies in goals (13), and is tied for first in the league in game winning goals with 4.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Blake Pietila/Blake Coleman (13)

Assists: John Quenneville (17)

Points: John Quenneville (27)

+/-: Blake Coleman (+15)

Penalty Minutes: Andrew MacWilliam (57)

Wins: Ken Appleby (8)

GAA: Ken Appleby (1.86)

Save Percentage: Ken Appleby (.929)

Up North with the Thunder:

Much like the Devils, the Thunder also went 1-2 on the week, with all three games away from Glens Falls.  Adirondack would start the trip with a 4-2 loss against Norfolk on Wednesday night.  Ty Loney picked up his 13th goal in the third period in the loss.  On Friday, the Thunder would pick up a 4-2 win against Reading, as Loney scored his 14th and Alex Wall added a goal and an assist.  The Royals would get their revenge on Saturday with a 4-3 win.

The Thunder return home next week for a pair of games, hosting Elmira on Wednesday and Manchester on Friday, then they travel to New Hampshire on Saturday for the middle game of a three game set with the Monarchs.

This Week’s Schedule:

Three games coming up for the Devils this week.  On Wednesday, Albany finishes off a three game road trip in Springfield, starting a home and home set against the Thunderbirds.  After returning home on Friday to face the T-Birds, it’s off to Binghamton on Saturday night to take on the Senators.

Also coming up this week: the official midpoint of the season hits on Friday!  Expect my annual halfway stat review to be up sometime on Saturday.

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