Game 60: Albany at Binghamton

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

Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 4-3.

Media Kit

Standings:

Albany: 32-25-1-1, 66 points, .559, 2nd place in North Division

Binghamton: 24-32-2-1, 51 points, .432, 6th place in North Division

Senators Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Jason Akeson, 38 points (13 G, 25 A); Casey Bailey, 29 points (18 G, 11 A); Nick Paul, 28 points (10 G, 18 A)

Chris Driedger, 10-14-2, 2.89 GAA; Matt O’Connor, 12-14-1, 3.22 GAA

Last Game, Senators: Binghamton defeated Syracuse 6-4 at home Sunday.

Latest News/Notes:

This is the Devils last appearance as visitors for at least the next few seasons, as the Senators move to Belleville, ONT and they take over; this is the first game of a 3 in 3 weekend for the Senators, as they host Hershey Saturday and travel to Utica on Sunday; Binghamton signed forward Chris LeBlanc, a 2013 6th round draft choice by Ottawa, to an amateur tryout contract on Tuesday after he completed his collegiate career at Merrimack; leading scorer Phil Varone was recalled by Ottawa on Friday;  late on Wednesday, Kevin Rooney was recalled for the second time in a week, and Ken Appleby was recalled for the first time; goaltender Andy Iles, who was in Albany’s training camp, was brought in from Elmira on a PTO.

B-Sens sign college standout (Press & Sun-Bulletin)

How younger Devils are approaching final month audition (NJ.com)

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Social: @AlbanyDevils, @SenatorsAHL

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Midweek Update: Another Deadline

Think after the NHL Trade Deadline on March 1st no more moves could be made?

Well…not exactly.

The AHL has a trade deadline of their own, Wednesday at 3 PM, for final roster tweaks before the playoffs to be made.  After this time, the only new players that will most likely be added are via junior callup (like Pavel Zacha here last year, for example) or college amateur tryout (i.e. Nick Lappin last year).

The Devils were quite busy before the deadline:

Sunday: Karl Stollery was summoned back to New Jersey for an emergency recall (it does not count against the 4 max recalls the parent Devils get for the rest of the regular season) thanks to an injury to Damon Severson.  He did appear in the Devils’ 3-0 loss to the Blue Jackets at The Rock.

Monday: In a rare post deadline trade, Brandon Gormley was dealt to Ottawa for the ever popular future considerations.  Gormley was a victim of the defensive numbers game, only appearing in 35 games.  He will be spending the rest of the season in Binghamton.

Also, defenseman Jacob MacDonald, who has spent the last two months with Albany on a professional tryout from Toledo, received a 2 year AHL contract that will run through next season.  Since joining the team on January 6th, MacDonald has become one of the more consistent Devils on the blue line, with 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) in 19 appearances.

Tuesday: Stollery and Kevin Rooney were both returned to Albany as New Jersey kicked off a three game road trip in Columbus.  In a whirlwind week for Rooney, he signed an entry level deal Monday, was recalled on Wednesday, made his NHL debut Thursday in Washington, played in front of over 50 friends and family Saturday in Boston, then got his first home game in on Sunday.

Meanwhile, around the North Division:

-Toronto picked up Rochester captain Cal O’Reilly on loan before the deadline Wednesday.

-Utica acquired forward Emerson Clark from Chicago on Wednesday for future considerations.

Three teams in the playoff race are in action this evening: Syracuse hosts St. John’s while Toronto visits Rochester.  I’ll tweet out the standings once both games are complete tonight, setting up for the weekend.

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Week 21 in Review: Sliding into March

Welcome to March!

It’s officially crunch time for the Devils, as they begin the homestretch towards the playoffs.  But only getting two out of four points when every other team around you is on a roll is not, shall we say, optimal when you’re fighting for position.

3/3 at Providence: 4-3 W

Week 2 of the road swing began in Rhode Island on Friday, as the Devils visited a hot Bruins team…and had to face undefeated goaltender Zane McIntyre.  After a scoreless first period, the Bruins would be first on the board early in the second, as a Peter Mueller goal 99 seconds into the middle frame would put the home team up by 1.  A Tommy Cross goal with under seven minutes remaining in the period would double the Bruin lead.  But much like the last couple of the weeks, the Devils were not about to go away quietly.  Max Novak would cut the Providence lead in half with his 6th goal of the season with 2:30 remaining in the second.  In the third, one Devil would single-handedly pull off another Albany comeback.  Blake Pietila, in his second game back from injury, would score twice in a 2:27 span early in the third period to tie…then give the Devils…a 3-2 lead.  Nick Lappin would add what looked like an insurance goal with 5:25 to go for a 4-2 lead.  But the Bruins were not done yet…a power play goal by Danton Heinen 43 seconds later would make it a 1 goal game again.  But the Devils were able to hang on for the remainder of regulation, pulling out a much needed win to remain in second place in the North.  Ken Appleby would pick up his 16th win in net, stopping 36 of 39 shots.  John Quenneville lead all scorers with three assists, while three other Devils would each have a helper.

Lines:

John Quenneville-Blake Pietila-Nick Lappin

Brian Gibbons-Max Novak-Shane Harper

Ben Thomson-Jan Mandat-Petr Straka

Luke Gazdic-Rod Pelley-Yohann Auvitu

Defense:

Karl Stollery/Vojtech Mozik

Seth Helgeson/Jacob MacDonald

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Viktor Loov, Ben Sexton, Carter Camper, Ryan Kujawinski, Scott Wedgewood, Brandon Gormley

Power Play: 1 for 3.  Penalty Kill: 2 for 3.  Penalty Minutes: 6.  Shots on Goal: 35.  Shots Allowed: 39.

3 Stars: 1. Blake Pietila; 2. John Quenneville; 3. Jacob MacDonald.

Highlight Reel:

AHL Live has your highlights here.

Saturday: Two roster moves:

-With Andy Greene needing to leave the parent Devils due to personal reasons, Nick Lappin was recalled and got in against the Bruins in Boston.  Needing another forward here, Greg Wolfe was summoned from Adirondack on a PTO.

3/4 at Utica: 3-0 L

It was due west to central New York on Saturday, as the Devils made their final visit of the season to face a Comets team on a roll and knocking on the playoff door.  After an uneventful first period, the home team got on the board twice during the middle frame.  A video review on a quick in and out shot worked in Utica’s favor, and Jake Virtanen would have his sixth goal of the year for a 1-0 lead.  Wacey Hamilton’s 8th four minutes later would double the Comet lead, putting Albany in the same position as the night before.  But Utica made sure a comeback was not in the cards…Borna Rendulic’s 10th goal just as the penalty kill expired would give the Comets a three goal cushion.  And that was all rookie goaltender Thatcher Demko would need…he would stop all 38 Devil shots in picking up his first professional shutout, and the fourth shutout against Albany this season.  Mackenzie Blackwood would take the hard luck loss, stopping 24 of 27 shots.

Lines:

John Quenneville-Blake Pietila-Shane Harper

Brian Gibbons-Max Novak-Petr Straka

Ben Thomson-Jan Mandat-Greg Wolfe

Luke Gazdic-Rod Pelley-Yohann Auvitu

Defense:

Karl Stollery/Vojtech Mozik

Seth Helgeson/Jacob MacDonald

Josh Jacobs/Brandon Gormley

Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby

Scratches: Viktor Loov, Andrew MacWilliam, Ben Sexton, Carter Camper, Ryan Kujawinski, Scott Wedgewood

Power Play: 0 for 4.  Penalty Kill: 4 for 4.  Penalty Minutes: 12.  Shots on Goal: 38.  Shots Allowed: 27.

3 Stars: 1. Thatcher Demko; 2. Jake Virtanen; 3. Mike Zalewski.

Highlight Reel:

AHL Live has the video here.

My Player of the Week:

With really one game of stats to go by…the edge goes to Blake Pietila, who needed a strong showing to get back in the swing of things after missing time due to injury.  John Quenneville with the honorable mention.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Ben Sexton (19)

Assists: John Quenneville (29)

Points: John Quenneville (40)

+/-: Vojtech Mozik (+13)

Penalty Minutes: Andrew MacWilliam (83)

Wins: Ken Appleby (16)

GAA: Scott Wedgewood (2.18)

Save Percentage: Scott Wedgewood (.912)

Division Playoff Update:

After Saturday’s action, here is where everyone stands in the North:

  1. Syracuse: 68 points, .596 pct
  2. Toronto: 65 points, .560 pct
  3. Albany: 66 points, .559 pct
  4. Utica: 59 points, .518 pct
  5. St. John’s: 60 points, .517 pct

In this year’s playoff format, the top 4 points percentages in the division (no crossovers this time) clinch spots.  Right now, the Devils would take on the Marlies in Round 1, with Toronto getting home ice in the slimmest of margins.  The magic number, lowered when Albany wins and/or the fifth place team loses, sits at 31 going into Sunday afternoon.  That number or position may or may not change by the end of the day: Syracuse, Toronto, St. John’s, and Utica all play this afternoon.

Up North with the Thunder:

On the ice, it wasn’t a great week for Adirondack, as they went 0-3.  Off ice, however, it was very good for the future of pro hockey in Glens Falls…and the 518 area.

While the Thunder were playing a morning game in Brampton on Tuesday, it was announced that a group of local investors known as the Adirondack Civic Center Coalition were buying the team from Calgary, with the goal of keeping pro hockey in Glens Falls for years to come.  A fundraiser is currently underway to raise the money needed to complete the purchase and run the day to day operations.  This may also mean another affiliation could come in next season (with Utica’s affiliate in Alaska about to go dark and the future of Rochester’s affiliate in Elmira uncertain, this is something to keep in mind), but that will be worked out in due time.

On ice…the Thunder started the week with a 3-0 shutout loss on Tuesday to the Beast, then followed by a 2-0 loss to Cincinnati on Thursday.  Adirondack would finally break a scoreless drought on Saturday night in a rematch with the Cyclones, but Cincinnati would sweep the two game set with a 3-2 win.

A busy week upcoming for Adirondack, as they take on Kalamazoo Sunday afternoon in Michigan, then they finish up the road swing in Manchester on Friday night.  Saturday, they kick off a six game homestand against the Monarchs.

This Week’s Schedule:

Another short two game week to finish off the road trip.  Friday…it’s the last trip to Binghamton as a visitor.  Then the road trip will end on Saturday in Bridgeport.

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Game 59: Albany at Utica

Location: Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY.

Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Utica leads 4-2.

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Standings:

Albany: 32-24-1-1, 66 points, .569, 2nd place in North Division

Utica: 24-23-7-2, 57 points, .509, 5th place in North Division

Comets Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Alexandre Grenier, 40 points (16 G, 24 A); 2 players tied with 37 points

Thatcher Demko, 12-11-4, 2.88 GAA; Michael Garteig, 0-1-2, 2.85 GAA

Last Game, Comets: Utica defeated Binghamton 5-2 at home on Friday.

Latest News/Notes:

The Comets have won three straight and four of their last five, putting them on the doorstep of the final North Division playoff spot, three points behind fourth place St. John’s; a mumps epidemic in Vancouver has seen 5 Comets go up and come back from the Canucks this week; goaltender Richard Bachman is on recall due to an injury to former Comet Jacob Markstrom; this is the second of a 3 in 3 weekend on home ice for Utica, who will host Bridgeport tomorrow afternoon; with three assists last night, John Quenneville is tied for first in the AHL among rookies in assists (29) and fourth in the league in rookie scoring (40).

Big first period sends Comets to victory (Utica Observer-Dispatch)

Trade brings excited forward to Albany Devils (Times Union)

Broadcast Info: AHL Live or KROCK 94.9 FM

Social: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @UticaComets, @CometsArmy

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Game 58: Albany at Providence

Location: Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, RI.

Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Providence leads 3-2.

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Standings:

Albany: 31-24-1-1, 64 points, .561, 2nd place in North Division

Providence: 33-14-5-4, 75 points, .670, 2nd place in Atlantic Division

Bruins Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Jordan Szwarz, 42 points (14 G, 28 A); Wayne Simpson, 37 points (14 G, 23 A); 2 players with 33 points

Zane McIntyre, 15-0-1, 1.60 GAA; Malcolm Subban, 8-11-5, 2.54 GAA

Last Game, Bruins: Providence shut out Springfield 3-0 at home on Sunday.

Latest News/Notes:

The Bruins have won four straight and seven out of their last 10, catapulting them into second place in the Atlantic, with four points separating them from first place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and third place Lehigh Valley; their magic number to clinch a playoff spot sits at 33 points with 20 games remaining; forward Peter Cehlarik is the only Bruin to be papered by Boston at the deadline on Wednesday, making him eligible to return to Providence for regular season/playoffs; Ben Sexton and Ryan Kujawinski are not expected to play tonight.

Good, bad and ugly from Providence Bruins weekend (Providence Journal)

Albany Devils’ Reece Scarlett traded from his only pro team (Times Union)

Broadcast Info: AHL Live

Social: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @AHLBruins

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Midweek Update: It’s March!

Welcome to March 1st everyone!

Today is a big day…it’s NHL Trade Deadline Day, and also, rosters need to be set for AHL postseason.  So to keep everyone up to speed, here is what New Jersey has done over the last couple of days:

Monday: Two transactions:

Blake Coleman was given his second recall of the season after Pavel Zacha was placed on IR.  He appeared in the Devils 4-3 OT loss to Montreal at The Rock.

Also, it was announced that Kevin Rooney, who has been with Albany all season on an AHL deal, was signed to a NHL entry level deal for the remainder of this season.  A well deserved reward for the rookie, who has been the only A-Devil to appear in every single game so far this season.

Wednesday:

-Rooney was recalled and is expected to make his NHL debut tomorrow night in Washington.

-Out of the three trades New Jersey made at the deadline, only one affected Albany: Reece Scarlett, who was the longest tenured current A-Devil, was dealt to Florida for forward Shane Harper.  In 39 games with the Thunderbirds, Harper has 19 points (7 G, 12 A).  He made his NHL debut with the Panthers on October 13th against New Jersey, and would appear in 14 games, scoring twice.  Local fans may remember Harper from the Adirondack Phantoms, where he spent three-plus seasons.

Also this afternoon: Coleman, Rooney, Joe Blandisi, Steve Santini, and Miles Wood were all papered to Albany then recalled to New Jersey, making them eligible to return to the AHL anytime through the rest of the regular season and the playoffs.  Seth Helgeson, who cleared waivers over the weekend, was officially reassigned with the addition of Dalton Prout from Columbus (for Kyle Quincey).

 

Now let’s take a look at what’s going on around the North Division:

-No changes for Utica despite the mumps hitting the Canucks hard.

-Binghamton lost defenseman Michael Kostka, who was dealt to Calgary as part of the Curtis Lazar-Jyrki Jokipakka deal.

-Rochester received former Union College defenseman Mat Bodie from the Rangers for forward Dan Catenacci on Tuesday.

-St. John’s lost forward Sven Andrighetto, who was dealt to Colorado for forward Andreas Martinsen.

-Syracuse ended up the big winners in the division thanks to a pair of deals:

In the Brian Boyle deal with Toronto, the Crunch picked up Marlies forward Byron Froese and his 22 goals.  In a sort of related move, former River Rat/A-Devil Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond was loaned to the Marlies.

Tampa Bay and Florida swapped AHL goaltenders: Adam Wilcox is off to Springfield, while former A-Devil Mike McKenna will join Syracuse.

-Toronto also picked up former A-Devil Mike Sislo in a loan deal with San Antonio, sending Colin Smith to the Rampage.

 

The NHL deadline may have passed, but the AHL has until March 8th at 3 PM to finish up any intraleague trades or loans.  So…there may be more to come, stay tuned.

 

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Week 20 in Review: More Rallies and Blown Leads

This week’s weather wasn’t the only roller coaster happening this week.

A 1-2 week for the Devils had the potential to be so much more, but holding a lead in the third period is suddenly becoming an adventure.  And as we get later in the season, the pressure is on more than ever as the fight for playoff positioning continues.

2/20 vs. Utica: 3-2 L

Before hitting the road for the next three weeks, the Devils had one last game on their week-long homestand, a Monday afternoon holiday special against a struggling Comets team.  The home team would get off to a good start late in the first period, as Carter Camper’s fifth goal of the season would put Albany up 1-0.  In a span of 21 seconds midway through the second, the Comets would tie it up courtesy of Borna Rendulic, only to have Ryan Kujawinski put the Devils back up 2-1 with his fourth goal.  A possible third Devil goal went so fast in and out of the net, it was only noticeable by those near the net, and was never reviewed.  But the Devils special teams would fail them in the final period, and the Comets would take advantage.  Darren Archibald would score on a shorthanded breakaway–his second shorty against Albany this season, in a similar fashion–early in the third to tie the game up at 2.  Then with Andrew MacWilliam serving a boarding penalty (that was on Archibald, ironically enough), Jordan Subban would score on the power play to put the Comets ahead 3-2 with 6:37 remaining in regulation.  The Devils were unable to come up with a tying goal late, and would end the homestand 2-2 after a promising start.  Mackenzie Blackwood had a good day in net, but took the hard luck loss, stopping 32 of 35 shots.  Three Devils had one assist each, but Nick Lappin saw his point streak come to an end at 10 games.

Lines:

John Quenneville-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Brian Gibbons-Blake Coleman-Nick Lappin

Ryan Kujawinski-Kevin Rooney-Petr Straka

Luke Gazdic-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Defense:

Reece Scarlett/Yohann Auvitu

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Karl Stollery/Vojtech Mozik

Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby

Scratches: Viktor Loov, Max Novak, Blake Pietila, Scott Wedgewood, Brandon Gormley, Jacob MacDonald

Power Play: 0 for 6.  Penalty Kill: 5 for 6.  Penalty Minutes: 17. Shots on Goal: 35.  Shots Allowed: 35.

3 Stars: 1. Jordan Subban; 2. Darren Archibald; 3. Carter Camper.

Highlight Reel:

2/24 at St. John’s: 3-2 W (OT)

The road trip began on Friday night way up north in Newfoundland, as the Devils and IceCaps kicked off a two game weekend series.  And it was obvious through the first 40 minutes who was the better team.  St. John’s would take a 2-0 lead in the first off goals from Charles Hudon (his 19th) and a gift tally for Mark MacMillan (his 4th) after Ken Appleby tried to play the puck outside the crease, turned it over and left the net wide open. As for shots?  Albany could only manage 8 total shots for the first 40 minutes, while giving up 27 to the IceCaps, with 18 of those coming in the first period.  So at this point, it was a foregone conclusion that the Devils were on their way to a third straight defeat and possibly a fall out of second place in the division.  Well…not so fast, folks.  In the third, Albany would begin their comeback.  Ryan Kujawinski would score for the second straight contest and fifth of the season 2:03 into the period to cut the lead in half.  Then with only 2:41 remaining in regulation, Ben Thomson would score his 5th of the season to tie the game up at 2 all.  The game would carry over into overtime, where for the first 3:51 it was all Charlie Lindgren, as the IceCaps goaltender would make several acrobatic stops to keep the game going.  But the seventh shot off of Kevin Rooney’s stick at the 3:52 mark would make it into the net, completing an improbable comeback win for the Devils.  In the third and overtime, Albany would outshoot St. John’s 18-7, 7-0 in the extra session.  Appleby picked up a much needed win, stopping 32 of 34 shots. Karl Stollery had two assists, while Rooney and Jan Mandat would have one helper each.

Lines:

Brian Gibbons-Blake Coleman-Nick Lappin

John Quenneville-Max Novak-Petr Straka

Ryan Kujawinski-Kevin Rooney-Jan Mandat

Luke Gazdic-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Defense:

Karl Stollery/Reece Scarlett

Andrew MacWilliam/Brandon Gormley

Yohann Auvitu/Jacob MacDonald

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Viktor Loov, Josh Jacobs, Ben Sexton, Blake Pietila, Carter Camper, Vojtech Mozik, Scott Wedgewood

Power Play: 0 for 2.  Penalty Kill: 2 for 2.  Penalty Minutes: 4.  Shots On Goal: 26.  Shots Allowed: 34.

3 Stars: 1. Kevin Rooney; 2. Charlie Lindgren; 3. Ken Appleby.

Highlight Reel:

2/25 at St. John’s: 5-4 L

In the rematch on Saturday, a couple of lineup changes: Mackenzie Blackwood would get the nod in net, while Blake Pietila made a return to the lineup, subbing for John Quenneville.  Josh Jacobs would come in for Yohann Auvitu.  In a much better first period than the previous night, both teams would match goals: Brett Lernout’s second would open the scoring three minutes in, then Reece Scarlett would pick up his fourth to tie it up.  The IceCaps would jump ahead 3-1 with goals 4:27 apart from Charles Hudon and former Devil Stefan Matteau.  But in the third, the Devils would go on another rally, and it was started by the least likely of men: Luke Gazdic’s first goal of the season 40 seconds in would cut the lead to 3-2.  Then in a 3:29 stretch midway through the final frame, Albany would tie it up and take the lead on goals by Petr Straka (4th) and Nick Lappin (8th).  But on this night, it would be St. John’s with the last word.  It took just 33 seconds for Hudon’s second of the game to tie it, and Chris Terry’s 21st goal to put the IceCaps back on top with 4:20 left in regulation.  What a way to remember your last ever trip to Newfoundland.

Blackwood stopped 29 of 34 shots in the loss, while Gazdic and four other Devils had assists.

Lines:

Brian Gibbons-Blake Coleman-Nick Lappin

Blake Pietila-Max Novak-Petr Straka

Ryan Kujawinski-Kevin Rooney-Jan Mandat

Luke Gazdic-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Defense:

Reece Scarlett/Jacob MacDonald

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Karl Stollery/Brandon Gormley

Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby

Scratches: Viktor Loov, Ben Sexton, John Quenneville, Carter Camper, Vojtech Mozik, Scott Wedgewood, Yohann Auvitu

Power Play: 0 for 4.  Penalty Kill: 2 for 2.  Penalty Minutes: 13.  Shots on Goal: 33.  Shots Allowed: 33.

3 Stars: 1. Charles Hudon; 2. Chris Terry; 3. Luke Gazdic.

Highlight Reel:

My Player of the Week:

This is a hard one this week, as quite a few players had contributions.  But I’ll have to give the edge to…the man who finally found the second column on the scoresheet this week.  Yes, Luke Gazdic, I mean you.

Honorable mentions to Ryan Kujawinski (2 goals in 2 games), Kevin Rooney for his performance on Friday, and Karl Stollery (3 assists on the week).

Team Leaders:

Goals: Ben Sexton (19)

Assists: John Quenneville (26)

Points: John Quenneville (37)

+/-: Blake Coleman (+16)

Penalty Minutes: Andrew MacWilliam (83)

Wins: Ken Appleby (15)

GAA: Scott Wedgewood (2.18)

Save Percentage: Scott Wedgewood (.912)

Up North with the Thunder:

After a 0-3 week last week, the other team in red had a much improved performance this week, winning all three games. It started with a 5-2 win in South Carolina on Sunday afternoon to sweep the season series with the Stingrays, and finish off the southern road swing on a high note.  Back on home ice Friday night, they defeated Reading 4-2.  Saturday night they would defeat Brampton 4-3 in a shootout, with rookie Stepan Falkovsky scoring all three Thunder goals in regulation, and picking up the only goal in the shootout.

The Thunder finish February in Brampton with an 11 AM faceoff against the Beast, then head to the Midwest for a 2 game set against Cincinnati on Thursday and Saturday.

This Week’s Schedule:

Back on the mainland, the Devils only have games 3 and 4 of their six game road swing this week to start the March portion of the schedule.  Friday night they make their first visit to Providence since October to face the Bruins.  Then it’s the final visit of the season to Utica on Saturday to face the Comets.

Also coming up next weekend?  The postseason countdown!  I’ll keep the divisional race up to date as the Farewell Tour continues.

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