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Mike Sislo
Mike Sislo
Keith Kinkaid
Keith Kinkaid
Raman Hrabarenka
Raman Hrabarenka
Scott Wedgewood
Scott Wedgewood
Adam Larsson
Adam Larsson
Mattias Tedenby
Mattias Tedenby
Seth Helgeson, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac
Seth Helgeson, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting Defensive

A very interesting week for Albany, in their latest 3 in 3 weekend.  What started out as possibly a long weekend finished off with two dominating performances, and warranting some attention from the league.  More importantly, the 4 out of 6 points earned kept the Devils in playoff contention, lowering the magic number to finally break into the postseason further.  And a few new names making their way onto the team leaders list!

3/14 at Springfield: 6-4 L

The end of the 5 game New England road swing came Friday night in Springfield, with a matchup against the first place Falcons.  Jean-Francois Jacques put the hosts on the board midway through the first.  Then some franchise history less than four minutes later…on a power play, Joe Whitney scored his 21st to tie the game at 1, and give him the franchise record for career points with 141, passing Stephen Gionta.  He added point #142 with an assist on Harri Pesonen’s 10th goal less than two minutes later for a 2-1 Devil lead.  Former Devil Matt Taormina would re-tie the game on an early second period power play.  Mattias Tedenby and Tim Sestito would then score less than five minutes apart to give Albany a 4-2 lead heading into the third period.  That’s when the wheels completely came off and the train derailed off the tracks.  Patrick McNeill scored on a power play 4:28 in to cut the deficit to 4-3.  Trent Vogelhuber would tie things four minutes later.  Then while on a 4 on 3 opportunity (Sestito off for roughing and then Raman Hrabarenka took a costly hooking call while trying to stop a breakaway), Jacques would score his second of the night to put the Falcons up 5-4.  Ryan Craig would add an insurance goal late for a two goal lead.  Keith Kinkaid took the loss, stopping 22 of 28 shots.  Six Devils would add assists.

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Reid Boucher-Scott Timmins

Harri Pesonen-Mike Sislo-Tim Sestito

Kelly Zajac-Mattias Tedenby-David Wohlberg

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-Mike Hoeffel

Extras: Stefan Matteau, Cam Janssen, Darcy Zajac

Defense Pairings:

Raman Hrabarenka/Alexander Urbom

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Adam Larsson/Brandon Burlon

Extras: Dan Kelly, Reece Scarlett

3/15 vs. Hartford: 2-0 W

Finally back on real home ice for the first time since February 23rd, the Devils played host to the Wolfpack.  After an uneventful first period that saw a combined 8 shots (4 on each side), the Devils locked it in for the second.  Harri Pesonen scored his 11th of the season to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.  As for the Wolfpack?  They only managed 3 shots on goal…that they didn’t get until 1:30 was left in the period.  Rod Pelley would add an insurance goal (one that was almost disallowed after the net was pushed off around the time the puck went in) with just over 6 minutes to go in regulation.  And Hartford finally remembered how to shoot the puck, throwing 16 shots at Scott Wedgewood in the period, but nothing would get by.  Wedgewood finished with 23 saves for his second shutout of the season and a #1 star.  Three Devils added assists.

Lines:

Tim Sestito-Harri Pesonen-Mike Sislo

Joe Whitney-Scott Timmins-Reid Boucher

Kelly Zajac-Mattias Tedenby-Stefan Matteau

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-David Wohlberg

Extras: Cam Janssen, Darcy Zajac, Mike Hoeffel

Defense Pairings:

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Adam Larsson/Dan Kelly

Alexander Urbom/Brandon Burlon

Extras: Raman Hrabarenka, Reece Scarlett

3/16 vs. Syracuse: 3-0 W

The weekend concluded with a visit from the struggling Crunch, a team Albany had not seen since way back on November 16th.  Much like the day before, it was quite an uneventful first period…until Raman Hrabarenka scored on a power play late in the period for a 1-0 advantage.  After a scoreless second that saw Albany outshoot the visitors 15-4, the Devils locked it down in the third.  Mike Sislo would score an insurance marker, his 20th of the season, with 5 minutes left in regulation, then added an empty netter with 22 seconds to go.  Scott Wedgewood barely broke a sweat in posting his second straight shutout, only facing 13 Syracuse shots.  Kelly Zajac added two assists.

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Reid Boucher-Scott Timmins

Kelly Zajac-Stefan Matteau-Mattias Tedenby

Tim Sestito-Harri Pesonen-Mike Sislo

Darcy Zajac-Rod Pelley-David Wohlberg

Extras: Chris McKelvie, Cam Janssen, Mike Hoeffel

Defense Pairings:

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Dan Kelly/Adam Larsson

Raman Hrabarenka/Alexander Urbom

Extras: Reece Scarlett, Brandon Burlon

Conference Standings:

Still a tight race in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference:

5. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton–76

6. Providence–75

7. ALBANY–74

8. Norfolk–74

9. Hershey–70

The Devils get the nod over Norfolk due to 3 more regulation wins.  The magic number to clinch a playoff berth stands at 25.  They are at a pace to finish at 90 points, which would put them no higher than sixth place.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

While waiting for my actual choice to hit YouTube…here’s a quick one from Tim Sestito from Friday evening:

My Player of the Week:

Back to back shutouts (the first Devil goaltender to do it in franchise history and the first in Albany since 2009), a scoreless streak at 126:05 and counting…yeah, Scott Wedgewood was a pretty obvious choice this week.

And the AHL agreed, as earlier today he was named the CCM AHL Player of the Week.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Joe Whitney/Mike Sislo (21)

Assists: Kelly Zajac (27)

Points: Joe Whitney (47)

+/-: Corbin McPherson (+15)

Penalty Minutes: Seth Helgeson (89)

Wins: Keith Kinkaid (21)

GAA: Keith Kinkaid (2.37)

Save Percentage: Keith Kinkaid (.910)

Elmira/Orlando Update:

Not a good week for the Jackals, as they dropped all three games to Reading (twice) and Cincinnati.  Riley Boychuk and Artem Demkov missed all three due to injuries.  Harry Young amassed 7 penalty minutes against Reading in Wednesday’s loss.  Going into this week they stand at 22-30-3-5 on the season, good for 12th in the Eastern Conference.

And finally, a Maxime Clermont sighting!  He made a relief appearance for Orlando on Friday evening in Evansville during a 7-1 loss.  He played the second and third periods, stopping 15 of 19 shots.  He backed up in Saturday’s win over the IceMen.  Overall he stands at 6-9-0-1 with a 3.46 GAA.  The Solar Bears start the week 36-19-2-2, 4th in the Eastern Conference.

Injury Update:

Finally, Darcy Zajac returned to the lineup on Sunday after sitting out since October 19th.  Reece Scarlett (soreness?) sat out the weekend after taking a hit last Friday night in Portland.  Cam Janssen (unknown) hasn’t been seen since February 8th.

This Week’s Schedule:

Three games, but not back to back to back for a change, and two games with some serious playoff implications.  Wednesday the homestand ends with a visit from Binghamton.  Saturday night the Devils travel west for a rematch with Syracuse.  Then one last trip to Atlantic City on Sunday afternoon to take on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Game 62: Albany vs. Syracuse

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 5:00 PM.

Season Series:

Tied at 1.

Standings:

Syracuse: 24-26-4-6, 58 points, 5th place in East Division, 11th in Eastern Conference

Albany: 31-20-3-7, 72 points, 2nd place in Northeast Division, 7th in Eastern Conference

Media Kit

Crunch Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Jonathan Marchessault, 42 points (14 G, 28 A); 2 tied with 39 points

Cedrick Desjardins, 7-15-2, 2.72 GAA; Kristers Gudlevskis, 13-9-3, 2.65 GAA

Listen: AHL Live, ESPN Radio Syracuse

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @SyracuseCrunch

Game 61: Albany vs. Hartford

Where: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

When: 5:00 PM.

Season Series:

Albany leads 4-3.

Standings:

Hartford: 26-28-0-6, 58 points, 4th place in Northeast Division, 12th in Eastern Conference

Albany: 30-20-3-7, 70 points, 2nd place in Northeast Division, 8th in Eastern Conference

Media Kit

Wolfpack Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Oscar Lindberg, 37 points (14 G, 23 A); J.T. Miller, 35 points (12 G, 23 A); Danny Kristo, 33 points (18 G, 15 A)

Dov Grumet-Morris, 14-11-5, 2.42 GAA; David LeNeveu, 4-8-0, 3.19 GAA

Listen: AHL Live, Fox Sports Radio 1410 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @WolfPackAHL

Game 60: Albany at Springfield

Where: Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series:

Springfield leads 4-2.

Standings:

Albany: 30-19-3-7, 70 points, 2nd place in Northeast Division, 8th in Eastern Conference

Springfield: 36-18-1-5, 78 points, 1st place in Northeast Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference

Media Kit

Falcons Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Michael Chaput, 34 points (16 G, 18 A); Carter Camper, 33 points (8 G, 25 A); Tim Erixon, 31 points (5 G, 26 A)

Mike McKenna, 17-7-1, 2.20 GAA; Jeremy Smith, 18-12-3, 2.84 GAA

Listen: AHL Live, WHYN 560 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheFalconsAHL, @KatyLovesHockey

Staying in the Race

Looking back on a week that saw the Devils go 1-1-0-1 in their latest 3 in 3 weekend, a swing through New England, and hang on to a postseason playoff berth:

Wednesday: To ensure AHL eligibility for the rest of the season and a potential playoff run, Eric Gelinas and Jon Merrill were sent down and recalled on paper.  New Jersey’s regular season ends April 13th, so if they do not get into the Stanley Cup playoffs, Albany could have both back no later than the final two games of the regular season.

3/7 at Portland: 4-3 W (SO)

The New England 3 in 3 weekend began north in Portland…oops I mean Lewiston…as the Devils made their first of two visits to Maine to take on the Pirates.  It looked like it was going to turn into one of those nights when Jordan Martinook scored just 26 seconds into the game for a 1-0 lead.  Scott Timmins would even up the game at 1 halfway through the period.  Albany took the game over in the second, scoring twice and outshooting Portland 16-5.  Reid Boucher broke the tie early on with his 15th of the season.  Then on a fluke play, right off a faceoff Tim Sestito shot it towards the Pirate net and it trickled in, putting Albany up 3-1.  Brendan Shinnimin took advantage of a Adam Larsson misplay of the puck, broke away shorthanded, and made it a one goal game.  Despite a 7-3 shot advantage for Albany in the third, a new problem popped up yet again.  With Alexander Urbom in the box on a questionable interference call, Tobias Rieder would tie the game up at 3 with 4:13 remaining in regulation.  That makes the third straight game with a blown third period lead, something you could not imagine happening with this team earlier in the season.  Nothing across the rest of the period and in overtime (as a matter of fact, not one team took a shot on goal in the extra frame), so for the second straight game it was on to a shootout.  Boucher and Joe Whitney connected in the first four rounds, while Andy Miele and Brandon Yip scored for the Pirates.  In the fifth round, Daine Todd missed, so it was up to Stefan Matteau to either end it or send it to extra rounds.  And he would come through, giving the Devils the win and the much needed extra standings point.  Not a bad night overall for Keith Kinkaid in net, as he stopped 18 of 21 shots in regulation (none faced in overtime) to pick up the win.  Adam Larsson and Mattias Tedenby had the lone assists.

Lines:

Kelly Zajac-Stefan Matteau-Joe Whitney

Reid Boucher-Scott Timmins-Mattias Tedenby

Harri Pesonen-Mike Sislo-Tim Sestito

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-David Wohlberg

Extras: Cam Janssen, Darcy Zajac, Mike Hoeffel

Defense Pairings:

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Alexander Urbom/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Burlon/Adam Larsson

Extras: Dan Kelly, Raman Hrabarenka

3/8 at Hartford: 4-3 L

It was on to Connecticut’s state capital on Saturday for a matchup with the Wolfpack.  After a scoreless first period, Brandon Burlon would get the visitors on the board halfway through the second on a power play goal.  Jesper Fast and Bretton Stamler would score 2:34 apart late in the period to put Hartford up 2-1.  J.T. Miller would add a goal early in the third for a two goal lead.  But the Devils would rally and tie it up as Mike Sislo (with his 19th) and Joe Whitney (with his 20th) would score 29 seconds apart.  But Ryan Bourque would score the go ahead goal with 7:35 to go in regulation.  The Devils had their chances at the very end, getting a late power play opportunity, but could not get it in net (one shot actually rang off the inside post and out), and fell to 8th in the playoff race.  Scott Wedgewood stopped 17 of 21 shots in taking the loss.  Kelly Zajac added two assists, while two other Devils had one helper each.

Lines:

Joe Whitney-Kelly Zajac-Stefan Matteau

Reid Boucher-Scott Timmins-Mattias Tedenby

Tim Sestito-Harri Pesonen-Mike Sislo

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-David Wohlberg

Extras: Cam Janssen, Darcy Zajac, Mike Hoeffel

Defense Pairings:

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Adam Larsson/Brandon Burlon

Alexander Urbom/Raman Hrabarenka

Extras: Dan Kelly, Reece Scarlett

3/9 at Worcester: 4-3 L (SO)

The Devils finished off the weekend with their only visit of the season to Worcester to take on the Sharks.  And a very interesting matchup in net, as two former Union teammates squared off: Keith Kinkaid for Albany and Troy Grosenick for the Sharks.  Despite a 15-3 shot advantage by the Devils in the first period, it was the Sharks with the 1-0 lead on a Marek Viedensky goal.  Rylan Schwartz doubled the lead midway through the second.  Reid Boucher would get Albany on the board late in the second with his 16th of the season.  Third period saw an early goal from John McCarthy to put the Sharks back up by two.  But Albany would rally back and tie the game on goals from David Wohlberg and Harri Pesonen.  Nothing across for the remainder of regulation or into overtime, so it was off to the second shootout of the weekend.  And this time it didn’t go so well, with Mike Sislo the only Devil out of five to connect on Grosenick.  Kinkaid gave up a goal in the first round, then gave up the winner to Freddie Hamilton in the fifth round to give the Sharks the extra standings point.  Kinkaid stopped 19 of 22 shots in 65 minutes of work.  Five Devils each had an assist.

Lines:

Chris McKelvie-Rod Pelley-David Wohlberg

Joe Whitney-Kelly Zajac-Stefan Matteau

Reid Boucher-Mattias Tedenby-Scott Timmins

Tim Sestito-Harri Pesonen-Mike Sislo

Extra: Cam Janssen, Darcy Zajac, Mike Hoeffel

Defense Pairings:

Alexander Urbom/Raman Hrabarenka

Adam Larsson/Brandon Burlon

Seth Helgeson/Corbin McPherson

Extra: Dan Kelly, Reece Scarlett

Conference Standings:

The bottom half of the Eastern Conference remains pretty tight:

5. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-72 pts

6. Providence-72 pts

7. Binghamton-71 pts

8. ALBANY-70 pts

9. Hershey-67 pts

At this point, the Devils are on pace to finish at 90 points, which would put them 7th in the conference.  The magic number to clinch a playoff berth sits at 32.

Obligatory Fight of the Week:

We interrupt this Portland goal celebration for a quick one by Chris McKelvie:

My Player of the Week:

Add another accomplishment to Joe Whitney’s resume for the season.  With his 20th goal of the season on Saturday (one that tied up the game in Hartford), he tied Stephen Gionta for the franchise lead in career points with 140.  And give some credit to the skaters…despite the record and goals allowed, on the weekend they outshot the opposition by a 112-65 margin.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Joe Whitney (20)

Assists: Joe Whitney (25)

Points: Joe Whitney (45)

+/-: Corbin McPherson (+12)

Penalty Minutes: Seth Helgeson (87)

Wins: Keith Kinkaid (21)

GAA: Keith Kinkaid (2.26)

Save Percentage: Keith Kinkaid (.914)

Elmira/Orlando Update:

The Jackals split a 2 game weekend on home ice, defeating Evansville on Friday and dropping a OT decision to Wheeling on Saturday.  Artem Demkov was the only prospect to hit the scoresheet, notching an assist in Saturday’s game.  Riley Boychuk was quite busy on Friday, amassing 15 penalty minutes.  Meanwhile down south, the Solar Bears went 1-3 (with one loss in OT) on the week, but no appearances at all from Maxime Clermont, not even as a backup.

This Week’s Schedule:

Another 3 in 3 weekend awaits, but at least it’s a mostly home schedule.  Friday night the Devils finish off the New England road swing with a visit to Springfield to take on the Falcons.  Saturday it’s real home ice for the first time since February 23rd to take on Hartford (and it’s the annual Pucks and Paws day).  Sunday afternoon Syracuse comes in to finish the weekend off.

And no photo gallery this week…because guess who forgot to pack the camera when she went to Worcester? (raises hand…sorry.  I blame Daylight Savings).  I do have a few photos on my Instagram page if you want to check those out (click the link on the right hand side of the page).

Game 59: Albany at Worcester

Where: DCU Center, Worcester, MA.

When: 3:00 PM.

Season Series:

First meeting of 2.

Standings:

Albany: 30-19-3-6, 69 points, 2nd place in Northeast Division, 8th in Eastern Conference

Worcester: 26-27-3-1, 56 points, 4th place in Atlantic Division, 11th in Eastern Conference

Media Kit

Sharks Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Freddie Hamilton, 34 points (18 G, 16 A); Daniil Tarasov, 26 points (13 G, 13 A); Yanni Gourde, 25 points (4 G, 21 A)

Troy Grosenick, 12-10-0, 2.66 GAA; Harri Sateri, 14-20-1, 3.08 GAA

Listen: AHL Live, WTAG 580 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @WorcesterSharks, @SharksAHLinGame

Game 58: Albany at Hartford

Where: XL Center, Hartford, CT.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series:

Albany leads 4-2.

Standings:

Albany: 30-18-3-6, 69 points, 2nd place in Northeast Division, 7th in Eastern Conference

Hartford: 24-27-0-6, 54 points, 4th place in Northeast Division, 12th in Eastern Conference

Media Kit

Wolfpack Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Oscar Lindberg, 37 points (14 G, 23 A); 2 players tied with 32 points

Dov Grumet-Morris, 12-11-5, 2.45 GAA; David LeNeveu, 4-7-0, 3.20 GAA

Listen: AHL Live, Fox Sports Radio 1410 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @WolfpackAHL

Game 57: Albany at Portland

Where: Androscoggin Bank Colisee, Lewiston, ME.

When: 7:00 PM.

Season Series:

Tied at 1.

Standings:

Albany: 29-18-3-6, 67 points, 2nd place in Northeast Division, 7th in Eastern Conference

Portland: 21-26-2-7, 51 points, 5th place in Atlantic Division, 15th in Eastern Conference

Media Kit

Pirates Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Andy Miele, 57 points (23 G, 34 A); Lucas Lessio, 39 points (20 G, 19 A); Tobias Rieder, 35 points (21 G, 14 A)

Louis Domingue, 7-10-2, 3.13 GAA; Mark Visentin, 14-16-4, 3.21 GAA

Listen: AHL Live, WLOB 1310 AM

Twitter: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @PortlandPirates

NJ Road Trip, Take 2

In place of my normal photo gallery (since I wasn’t on hand for either game), how about photos from my second trip of the season to New Jersey?

To refresh your memory: each season since the Devils returned to Albany, one of the perks of being a season ticket holder is getting a free ticket to a selected game at The Rock.  Sunday that day finally came, as about four busloads (and the countless others like myself who made the trip on their own) made their way to Newark for the Devils-Sharks game.  Even though it was a tough loss, it was still a good day, getting to see players (and friends) that I don’t get to see very often.

The view from Section 14.
The view from Section 14.
Happy Birthday JJ!  And he's been freed!
Happy Birthday JJ! And he’s been freed!
Finally, I get to see Adam Henrique score for NJ!
Finally, I get to see Adam Henrique score for NJ!
Celebrating Patrik's goal...and the last Devil lead of the day
Celebrating Patrik’s goal…and the last Devil lead of the day
Hoping it's not one of my last Marty photos.
Hoping it’s not one of my last Marty photos.
Of course, have to have at least one Henrique photo.
Of course, have to have at least one Henrique photo.
Bruce Driver sighting in Section 13...
Bruce Driver sighting in Section 13…
Cory Schneider
Cory Schneider
Eric Gelinas
Eric Gelinas
Jon Merrill
Jon Merrill
And of course I can't forget Jaromir Jagr...
And of course I can’t forget Jaromir Jagr…