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Game 55: Albany vs. Utica

Location: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

Time: 1:00 PM.

Season Series: Utica leads 3-2.

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Standings:

Albany: 30-22-1-1, 62 points, .574, 2nd place in North Division

Utica: 20-23-6-2, 48 points, .471, 6th place in North Division

Comets Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Alexandre Grenier, 38 points (15 G, 23 A); Curtis Valk, 34 points (14 G, 20 A); Darren Archibald, 31 points (15 G, 16 A)

Thatcher Demko, 9-11-4, 3.04 GAA; Richard Bachman, 11-11-2, 2.61 GAA

Last Game, Comets: Utica lost to Lehigh Valley 7-4 at home on Sunday.

Latest News/Notes:

The Comets have dropped two in a row and 8 of their last 10; this is the second game of a five in seven stretch for Utica, who will never leave the state of New York during this time: they travel to Rochester Wednesday and Binghamton on Saturday; Curtis Valk is tied for 5th in AHL rookie scoring; also among AHL rookies, John Quenneville ranks second in points, assists, tied in power play goals and points, and third in shots, while Blake Coleman is tied for sixth in scoring, tied for second in goals, third in plus/minus, and leads with five game winning goals.

Phantoms outpace Comets in Sunday matinee (Utica Observer-Dispatch)

Albany Devils not helped by quick turnaround (Times Union)

Broadcast Info: AHL Live or K-ROCK 94.9 FM

Social: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @UticaComets, @CometsInGame

 

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Week 19 in Review: Closer to the Top

Nothing like a little bit of home cooking to keep you on track.  And with a four out of six point week, the Devils continued to creep ever closer…but not close enough…to taking back first place in the North.

2/15 vs. Syracuse: 6-1 W

The homestand would kick off on Wednesday with a #1 vs #2 divisional battle, as the Devils played host to the Crunch for the second time in two weeks.  Albany would get off to a good start late in the first period, as Kevin Rooney (9th) and Ben Sexton (18th on a power play) would score 2:58 apart for a 2-0 advantage.  In the second period…the rout was on, as the Devils outshot the Crunch 18-6 and turned up the offense.  In a span of 8:42, Brian Gibbons (11th), Blake Coleman (17th), John Quenneville (11th on a power play), and Vojtech Mozik (8th on a power play) would all light the lamp, extending the Devils lead to 6-0, chasing Crunch starter Adam Wilcox out after two periods in favor of Kristers Gudlevskis.  The goalie switch seemed to help Syracuse in the third, as they held the Devils off the scoresheet in the third, holding them to 6 shots.  Adam Comrie’s goal 4:34 into the third would break up the shutout bid, but Syracuse just could not get any closer.  The benefactor of all this was Mackenzie Blackwood, who played brilliantly in win #10, stopping 26 of 27 shots.  Twelve Devils registered at least one point, lead by two assists each from Andrew MacWilliam and Reece Scarlett.  And as a bonus, Sexton notched the famous Gordie Howe Hat Trick, with a second period assist and a fight with Dominik Masin.

Lines:

Brian Gibbons-Blake Coleman-Petr Straka

John Quenneville-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Ryan Kujawinski-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Luke Gazdic-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Defense:

Karl Stollery / Vojtech Cinemas

Reece Scarlett / Yohann Auvitu

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby

Scratches: Jan Mandat, Blake Pietila, Nick Lappin, Scott Wedgewood, Brandon Gormley, Jacob MacDonald

Power Play: 3 for 8.  Penalty Kill: 7 for 7.  Penalty Minutes: 31.  Shots on Goal: 35.  Shots Allowed: 27.

3 Stars: 1. Ben Sexton; 2. Blake Coleman; 3. Brian Gibbons.

Highlight Reel:

2/17 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: 4-0 W

Friday night came a huge test for the Devils, as the #1 team in the American Hockey League, the Penguins, were in town for a visit.  And…they passed with flying colors.  Blake Coleman would get things going in the right direction just :58 after the opening puck drop, scoring his 18th goal of the season off a misplay for a 1-0 lead.  That slim lead would hold up, as Mackenzie Blackwood and the defense would hold Wilkes-Barre to 7 first period shots (at one point shots were 9-0 Devils), then to 8 in the second.  In the third, the Penguins believed they had tied the game up…but the play was whistled dead just before the puck would cross the line.  The Devils offense would end up putting the game away for good with a 3 goal outburst…Ben Sexton would score his 19th to double the Devil lead.  Max Novak would follow up that goal with his 5th for a 3-0 lead, then Nick Lappin would put the exclamation point on with an empty netter, his 6th.  Blackwood was sensational for the second straight game, stopping all 24 Penguin shots in his first professional shutout, the Devils’ first of the season.  Brian Gibbons and Yohann Auvitu each added two assists, while Lappin and two others had one helper each.

Lines:

John Quenneville-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Brian Gibbons-Blake Coleman-Nick Lappin

Petr Straka-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Luke Gazdic-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Defense:

Karl Stollery / Vojtech Cinemas

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Reece Scarlett / Yohann Auvitu

Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby

Scratches: Jan Mandat, Blake Pietila, Ryan Kujawinski, Scott Wedgewood, Brandon Gormley, Jacob MacDonald

Power Play: 0 for 3.  Penalty Kill: 1 for 1.  Penalty Minutes: 2.  Shots on Goal: 34.  Shots Allowed: 24.

Highlight Reel:

2/18 vs. Bridgeport: 3-2 L

Fifteen and a half hours later, it was back on ice for Albany, as they finished out the week against a very hot Sound Tigers squad.  The Devils dodged a bullet with not having to face Jaroslav Halak, winner of his last 11 starts, but Bridgeport would be first to strike.  Jon Landry would put the visitors up 1-0 with a shot from the corner.  Carter Camper would tie the game up late in the period with a power play tally, his fourth of the season.  The Sound Tigers would put this one away early in the second period, as goals by Josh Ho-Sang and Carter Verhaeghe 2:05 apart would put the Devils down 3-1.  Nick Lappin would remain hot to start the third, scoring his 7th on a power play to cut the lead to 3-2.  But that was all the Devils could manage, and their brief two game winning streak was snapped.  Ken Appleby drew back in and played well despite the loss, stopping 25 of 28 shots.  Lappin would extend his point streak to 10 games with a goal and an assist, while Camper and two others had one helper each.

Lines:

Brian Gibbons-Blake Coleman-Nick Lappin

John Quenneville-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Petr Straka-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Luke Gazdic-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Defense:

Reece Scarlett/Jacob MacDonald

Karl Stollery/Vojtech Mozik

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Jan Mandat, Blake Pietila, Ryan Kujawinski, Scott Wedgewood, Brandon Gormley, Yohann Auvitu

Power Play: 2 for 2.  Penalty Kill: 3 for 3.  Penalty Minutes: 6.  Shots on Goal: 33.  Shots Allowed: 28.

3 Stars: 1. Josh Ho-Sang; 2. Carter Camper; 3. Carter Verhaeghe.

Highlight Reel:

Roster Moves: At noontime, Sergey Kalinin cleared waivers and was reassigned to Albany.  Less than three hours later, he was traded to the Maple Leafs for defenseman Viktor Loov, who will join Albany next week.  A native of Sweden, Loov has spent all of this season with the Marlies, where in 41 games he has two goals and four assists.  A 2012 seventh round pick by Toronto, Loov has had at least one cup of coffee in the NHL, appearing in four games for the Maple Leafs last season after completing nearly three full seasons with the Marlies.

My Player of the Week:

This was decided before the week was even over…two wins, one goal given up over those two games, and shutting out the best team in the AHL?  A well deserved honor for Mackenzie Blackwood.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Ben Sexton (19)

Assists: John Quenneville (26)

Points: John Quenneville (37)

+/-: Blake Coleman (+17)

Penalty Minutes: Andrew MacWilliam (81)

Wins: Ken Appleby (14)

GAA: Scott Wedgewood (2.18)

Save Percentage: Scott Wedgewood (.912)

Up North with the Thunder:

Good news: 3 out of 6 points earned.  Bad: The Thunder would go 0-0-2-1 doing so.

On Tuesday, Adirondack would rally from a 5-3 deficit with 4:26 remaining in regulation to tie Reading at 5, only to lose 6-5 in a shootout on home ice.  Five different players would score for the Thunder, with Brock Montgomery leading the way with one goal and two assists.  The Thunder traveled south for a two game set against Atlanta, losing 3-2 in overtime to the Gladiators on Friday.  In the rematch on Saturday, Adirondack rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the third and tied the game with 23 seconds remaining in regulation, then lose 4-3 in overtime.  One game Devil J.P. Anderson drew the start in net and stopped 27 of 31 shots.

After finishing up their southern swing on Sunday in South Carolina, the Thunder return home next weekend for a pair of games, hosting Reading on Friday and Brampton on Saturday.

This Week’s Schedule:

A three game week against divisional foes is on the agenda.  Monday, the Devils finish off the homestand with a Presidents Day afternoon tilt against Utica.  Then it’s the start of a season long six game road swing, starting Friday and Saturday with a pair in Newfoundland against St. John’s.

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Game 54: Albany vs. Bridgeport

Location: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

Time: 1:00 PM.

Season Series: Bridgeport leads 2-1.

Media Kit

Standings:

Albany: 30-21-1-1, 62 points, .585, 2nd place in North Division

Bridgeport: 31-16-1-1, 64 points, .653, 4th place in Atlantic Division

Sound Tigers Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Bracken Kearns, 39 points (17 G, 22 A); Josh Ho-Sang, 29 points (7 G, 22 A); 2 tied with 28 points

Jaroslav Halak, 12-1-2, 2.02 GAA; Eamon McAdam, 7-2-0, 3.38 GAA

Last Game, Sound Tigers: Bridgeport defeated Rochester 5-2 on the road on Friday.

Latest News/Notes:

Why such an early start for a Saturday?  It’s a two sport doubleheader day in the Capital District, as Siena college basketball is slated for a 7 PM tip off later today; the Sound Tigers have won 5 in a row and 9 out of their last 10, creating a .045 point lead over Hershey for the fourth Atlantic playoff spot; goaltender Jaroslav Halak, sent down by the Islanders on December 31st, has won his last 11 starts; Nick Lappin extended his point streak to 9 games with a goal and an assist Friday night; last night’s 4-0 shutout over Wilkes-Barre marked the first whitewash of the season for Devils goaltending; at press time, it was uncertain if a roster move was forthcoming with Sergey Kalinin on waivers.

PLUG IT IN! PLUG IT IN! (1F02): Rochester Liveblog (Connecticut Post)

Albany Devils’ first shutout comes against AHL’s #1 team (Times Union)

Broadcast Info: AHL Live

Social: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @TheSoundTigers, @fornabaioctp

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Game 53: Albany vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Location: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: WBS leads 1-0.

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Standings:

Albany: 29-21-1-1, 60 points, .577, 2nd place in North Division

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: 37-11-3-0, 77 points, .755, 1st place in Atlantic Division

Penguins Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Tom Kostopoulos, 39 points (18 G, 21 A); David Warsofsky, 36 points (11 G, 25 A); Oskar Sundqvist, 35 points (16 G, 19 A)

Tristan Jarry, 22-8-1, 2.22 GAA; Casey DeSmith, 14-3-2, 2.34 GAA

Last Game, Penguins: Wilkes-Barre defeated Lehigh Valley 5-1 at home on Tuesday.

Latest News/Notes:

The Penguins have won 3 in a row and 8 out of their last 10, and are the only team in the AHL with a points percentage .700 or higher; this is the first stop on a seven game road trip for Wilkes-Barre, who will not touch their home ice again until March 8th; former Devil David Warsofsky leads the AHL in plus/minus (+32), while goaltender Tristan Jarry is tied for the league lead in wins (22); the Penguins are the #1 penalty killing team in the league at 86.5%, while the Devils rank fourth with a 84.8% success rate; with a fighting major on Wednesday, Ben Thomson leads the AHL with 9, meaning his next fighting major will earn him an automatic one game suspension per league rules; Blake Pietila is out for the weekend due to injury, while Nick Lappin, Jan Mandat, and Brandon Gormley are the latest to miss time due to illness.

Penguins’ Wilson out at least 1 month with upper body injury (The Citizens Voice)

New Jersey Devils Prospect Update 2/14 (All About the Jersey)

Broadcast Info: AHL Live or WILK 103.1 FM

Social: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @WBSPenguins, @nafsnep

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Game 52: Albany vs. Syracuse

Location: Times Union Center, Albany, NY.

Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Tied at 2.

Media Kit

Standings:

Albany: 28-21-1-1, 58 points, .569, 2nd place in North Division

Syracuse: 25-15-4-5, 59 points, .602, 1st place in North Division

Crunch Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Cory Conacher, 42 points (10 G, 32 A); Matt Taormina, 40 points (12 G, 28 A); Yanni Gourde, 38 points (18 G, 20 A)

Adam Wilcox, 16-8-3, 2.67 GAA; Kristers Gudlevskis, 9-7-6, 2.67 GAA

Last Game, Crunch: Syracuse defeated Utica 3-2 on the road on Sunday.

Latest News/Notes:

The Crunch have won their last two after going 1-2-1-0 since returning from the All Star break, managing to hang onto first place in the division over the Devils; today marks the beginning of a five game road trip, as Syracuse will head north to St. John’s for a pair this weekend before stops in Toronto and Rochester next week; Cory Conacher is on a 9 game point streak, placing him into the top 10 in AHL scoring; the Crunch and the Devils rank 1-2 in the AHL in both average penalty minutes (16.88-16.86) and average shots allowed (26.41-26.84); this marks the start of a 4 games in 6 days homestand for the Devils.

Syracuse Crunch holds off Utica Comets (syracuse.com)

Albany Devils report card at two-thirds mark (Times Union)

Broadcast Info: AHL Live, ESPN Radio Syracuse

Social: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @SyracuseCrunch

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Week 18 in Review: A Long Winter’s Week

It was a busy 4 game week that produced mixed results for the Devils…two comebacks and two days where you wished you could hit the reset button.

2/7 vs. Providence: 4-1 L

A busy week got underway on a rare Tuesday night, as the Devils played host to a well rested Bruins team that was only playing in its second game since the All Star break.  Providence would get things started in the first, as Alex Grant would get a shot in from the corner just five seconds into their first power play opportunity for a 1-0 advantage.  Vojtech Mozik would tie things up with a power play goal, his seventh of the season.  The Bruins would take the lead back for good with 6 and a half minutes remaining in the first on an Anton Blidh tally.  Second period was mostly Providence, as they held the Devils to just 4 shots and went ahead 3-1 on a Jordan Szwarz power play goal.  Peter Mueller would seal the Devils third straight defeat late in the third with an empty netter.  Ken Appleby drew the start and was a little better than Saturday’s loss in Binghamton, stopping 22 of 25 shots.  Nick Lappin was the only other Devil to register a point, assisting on Mozik’s goal.

Lines:

John Quenneville-Carter Camper-Nick Lappin

Brian Gibbons-Blake Coleman-Ben Sexton

Ryan Kujawinski-Kevin Rooney-Blake Pietila

Luke Gazdic-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Defense:

Vojtech Mozik/Brandon Gormley

Reece Scarlett/Yohann Auvitu

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Ken Appleby/J.P. Anderson

Scratches: Karl Stollery, Joe Blandisi, Max Novak, Jan Mandat, Mackenzie Blackwood, Scott Wedgewood, Petr Straka, Jacob MacDonald

Power Play: 1 for 3.  Penalty Kill: 1 for 3.  Penalty Minutes: 18.  Shots on Goal: 20.  Shots Allowed: 26.

3 Stars: 1. Anton Blidh; 2. Colby Cave; 3. Vojtech Mozik.

Highlight Reel:

2/10 at Rochester: 3-2 W

A three in three road trip kicked off Friday night in Rochester, as the Devils looked to avenge their pre-All Star break loss to the Amerks.  For the first forty minutes, a whole lot of shots on goal–47, to be exact–for both sides, but Ken Appleby and Linus Ullmark stopped all of them.  Finally, 41:35 into the contest, the first goal would come, courtesy of Rochester’s Cole Schneider, putting the home team ahead 1-0.  Ben Thomson would answer at the 8:59 mark with his 4th goal of the season, tying things up at 1.  Just under two minutes later, Karl Stollery would put Albany ahead 2-1 with his first marker of the season.  Just as it looked like the Devils were going to hold on for the win, former Devils ATO Paul Geiger would re-tie the game with 2:06 remaining in regulation.  Fifteen seconds after the tying goal, Amerks forward Evan Rodrigues would get called for a high stick…and the Devils would make Rochester pay.  With 45 seconds remaining on the clock, Nick Lappin would score on the ensuing power play to put Albany up 3-2.  The Amerks would pull Ullmark, but were unable to come up with a quick equalizer, and the Devils 3 game losing streak would come to an end.  Appleby rebounded nicely after struggling the last two starts, stopping 28 of 30 shots in his 14th win.  Stollery and five other Devils had one assist each.

Lines:

Brian Gibbons-Blake Coleman-Nick Lappin

John Quenneville-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Luke Gazdic-Max Novak-Ben Thomson

Petr Straka-Kevin Rooney-Jan Mandat

Defense:

Vojtech Mozik/Karl Stollery

Reece Scarlett/Yohann Auvitu

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Joe Blandisi, Rod Pelley, Blake Pietila, Ryan Kujawinski, Scott Wedgewood, Brandon Gormley, Jacob MacDonald

Power Play: 1 for 3.  Penalty Kill: 5 for 5.  Penalty Minutes: 10.  Shots on Goal: 35.  Shots Allowed: 30.

3 Stars: 1. Nick Lappin; 2. Karl Stollery; 3. Linus Ullmark.

Highlight Reel:

2/11 at Toronto: 5-4 W (OT)

The road trip moved over the border into Toronto, as the Devils and Marlies kicked off a two game weekend set.  And at first…it was all Marlies.  They would outshoot the Devils 18-9 and score 3 on Mackenzie Blackwood, making his first start in over two weeks thanks to illness.  Eric Faille, on recall from Orlando, would get things started 2:57 into the contest with his first goal.  Byron Froese would add his 22nd goal midway through to double the Toronto lead.  Then, with the Devils on a power play, Travis Dermott would pick up a shorthanded goal for a 3-0 advantage.  Petr Straka would score his first goal since returning to the lineup and third of the season late to cut the lead to 2.  But, Toronto was not finished.  Justin Holl would score the second shorthanded goal for Toronto on the day, going end to end, for a 4-1 Marlies lead.  Jan Mandat would answer that with a power play goal, his fifth, to again cut the lead to 2 goals.  Then, we think this happened:

Call it Secret Stuff, call it a rally…but third period was absolutely all Devils, as they held the Marlies to just 4 shots on goal.  And one player would singlehandedly give Albany at least one point…Ben Sexton would score twice in a span of 2:23 late in the third to tie the game up at 4 apiece, sending the game to an unlikely overtime session.  It was late in that extra frame that the unlikely Devil comeback…and another chapter of It was 4-1 Toronto jokes…would be completed.  Yohann Auvitu would score the overtime winner with 49 seconds remaining to finish off the Devil victory.  Blackwood rebounded from a very shaky start to pick up win #9, stopping 33 of 37 shots.  Blake Coleman and Nick Lappin each had two assists, while Straka and four others had one assist each.

Lines:

Brian Gibbons-Blake Coleman-Nick Lappin

John Quenneville-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Petr Straka-Kevin Rooney-Jan Mandat

Luke Gazdic-Max Novak-Ben Thomson

Defense:

Vojtech Mozik/Karl Stollery

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Yohann Auvitu/Jacob MacDonald

Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby

Scratches: Rod Pelley, Blake Pietila, Ryan Kujawinski, Reece Scarlett, Scott Wedgewood, Brandon Gormley

Power Play: 1 for 6.  Penalty Kill: 3 for 3.  Penalty Minutes: 11.  Shots on Goal: 45.  Shots Allowed: 37.

3 Stars: 1. Yohann Auvitu; 2. Seth Griffith; 3. Ben Sexton.

Highlight Reel:

2/12 at Toronto: 6-2 L

Less than 24 hours later, the rematch, with Ken Appleby and Garret Sparks taking over in net.  And like the day before, it would the Marlies getting off to a good start.  Travis Dermott would score his third on the power play 3:08 into the contest for a 1-0 lead.  Justin Holl would double the lead early in the second with his 3rd goal.  Eighteen seconds later, Carter Camper would cut the lead in half with his third goal of the season.  Later in the second, with Albany on a four minute power play, Toronto would jump ahead 3-1 on a Byron Froese shorthanded goal, the third given up by the Devils in the last two days.  But the special teams would redeem themselves, as Reece Scarlett would score, his third of the season, to cut the Toronto lead to 3-2.  Sadly, there was no comeback in the Devils on this day, as the Marlies blew the game wide open midway through the third.  In a span of 3:14, Frank Corrado, Holl with his second of the day, and Andreas Johnsson would all score to put Toronto ahead 6-2.  Appleby took the hard loss, stopping 25 of 31 shots.  Three Devils would have one assist each.

Lines:

Petr Straka-Kevin Rooney-Jan Mandat

Brian Gibbons-Blake Coleman-Nick Lappin

John Quenneville-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Luke Gazdic-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Defense:

Karl Stollery/Reece Scarlett

Yohann Auvitu/Jacob MacDonald

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Max Novak, Blake Pietila, Ryan Kujawinski, Vojtech Mozik, Scott Wedgewood, Brandon Gormley

Power Play: 1 for 7.  Penalty Kill: 4 for 5.  Penalty Minutes: 12.  Shots on Goal: 33.  Shots Allowed: 31.

3 Stars: 1. Justin Holl; 2. Andreas Johnsson; 3. Travis Dermott.

Highlight Reel:

My Player of the Week:

One name showed up in the boxscore in all four games this week: Nick Lappin, with one power play goal and four assists.  He has registered at least one point in his last eight games.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Ben Sexton (17)

Assists: John Quenneville (23)

Points: John Quenneville (33)

+/-: Blake Coleman/Vojtech Mozik (+15)

Penalty Minutes: Andrew MacWilliam (79)

Wins: Ken Appleby (14)

GAA: Scott Wedgewood (2.18)

Save Percentage: Scott Wedgewood (.912)

Up North with the Thunder:

Adirondack had a relatively busy week as well with three games on tap.  It started on a good note Tuesday as they picked up their sixth straight victory with a 3-2 win at home against South Carolina.  The streak would come to a halt in Manchester on Saturday, as the Monarchs would take a 3-2 victory.  But Adirondack would get their revenge in a big way on Sunday afternoon at home, as they crushed Manchester 10-4, setting a new franchise record for goals in one game.  Greg Wolfe and Mikkel Aagaard would each have five point games, with both scoring twice and assisting on three others.  All but three players would pick up at least one point, and the power play had an especially good day, going 5 for 6.

This week is a busy one for the Thunder: they host Reading on Valentine’s Day, then hit the road for a three in three weekend starting in Atlanta on Friday and Saturday night against the Gladiators, then up to South Carolina on Sunday afternoon.

This Week’s Schedule:

It’s a busy three game week, but all are on home ice.  Wednesday the division leading Crunch make their second visit in two weeks.  Friday night the best team in the league, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, make their only appearance.  Then a quick turnaround on Saturday afternoon as Bridgeport comes in, as the Times Union Center does the rare hockey/basketball doubleheader (Siena has a 7 PM home game that night).

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Game 51: Albany at Toronto

 

Location: Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Time: 5:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 4-2.

Media Kit

Standings:

Albany: 28-20-1-1, 58 points, .580, 2nd place in North Division

Toronto: 23-21-3-1, 50 points, .521, 3rd place in North Division

Marlies Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Brendan Leipsic, 38 points (11 G, 27 A); Byron Froese, 35 points (22 G, 13 A); Kasperi Kapanen, 33 points (16 G, 17 A)

Antoine Bibeau, 8-10-4, 2.88 GAA; Garret Sparks, 12-6-0, 2.18 GAA

Last Game, Marlies: Toronto lost to Albany 5-4 in overtime on Saturday.

Latest News/Notes:

The Marlies are without leading scorers Brendan Leipsic and Kasperi Kapanen due to injuries; with a goal yesterday, Byron Froese is now tied for second in the AHL with 22 goals; Garret Sparks ranks third in the AHL in GAA (2.18), while Ken Appleby fell from first on January 30th to tied for 8th; with an assist yesterday, John Quenneville is tied for second among AHL rookies in assists and is tied for 6th in rookie scoring; Marlies rookie defenseman Andrew Nielsen is tied for 9th among rookies in scoring and tied for 8th in defenseman scoring.

Marlies Cough Up 4-1 Lead, Lose in OT to Albany (The Leafs Nation)

Albany Devils score four straight to top Toronto (Times Union)

 

Broadcast Info: AHL Live, TSN2, NHL Network

Social: @AlbanyDevils, @TorontoMarlies

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