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Calder Cup 2017 Recap, Week 1: Fighting to a Split

The first two games of the Devils-Marlies series could be described as a tale of two teams…on both sides.  A shutout followed by a blowout, and we’re all tied at 1 as the series heads north.

Game 1, 4/20: 3-0 W

With a 2-3 format and a Chainsmokers concert taking over the Times Union Center on Friday, the series would get underway with a rare Thursday night matchup.  Mackenzie Blackwood, coming off his third shutout to close out the regular season the weekend before, drew the start, while Toronto countered with Garret Sparks.  It was a rather quiet first period…until Ben Thomson would put the hosts on the board with 3:38 to go in the opening period for a 1-0 lead.  Midway through the second, the Devils would find themselves in a 1:09 5 on 3 situation thanks to questionable calls on Blake Coleman and Brian Gibbons.  But not only would Albany kill a majority of that off–a penalty on Toronto’s Andrew Nielsen would negate the last 23 seconds–on the ensuing power play, John Quenneville would connect for a goal to double the Albany lead.  Brian Gibbons would finish it off with an empty net goal late in the third, starting the rematch in the Devils favor.  Blackwood was magnificent, stopping all 27 Marlies shots.  Nick Lappin and Seth Helgeson would each have one assist.

Fun fact: This was only the second time all season a team shut the Marlies out.  Former Devil Yann Danis shut out Toronto 3-0 on March 5th.

Lines:

Carter Camper-Joe Blandisi-Ben Sexton

Blake Coleman-John Quenneville-Nick Lappin

Brian Gibbons-Kevin Rooney-Miles Wood

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Blake Pietila

Defense:

Steve Santini/Seth Helgeson

Karl Stollery/Vojtech Mozik

Jacob MacDonald/Josh Jacobs

Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby

Scratches: Andrew MacWilliam, Max Novak, Jan Mandat, Luke Gazdic, Ryan Kujawinski, Shane Harper, Scott Wedgewood, Blake Speers, Petr Straka, Yohann Auvitu, Brandon Gignac, Evan Cormier, Colton White, Austin Cangelosi, Viktor Loov

Power Play: 1 for 5.  Penalty Kill: 0 for 4.  Penalty Minutes: 10.  Shots on Goal: 23.  Shots Allowed: 27.

3 Stars: 1. Mackenzie Blackwood; 2. Ben Thomson; 3. John Quenneville.

Highlight Reel:

Game 2, 4/22: 6-2 L

Less than 48 hours, the teams reconvened for Game 2.  Only change for the Devils was Viktor Loov in, Jacob MacDonald out.  Mackenzie Blackwood and Garret Sparks remained in net.  But something was different compared to Thursday night…Toronto found their offense, grabbing an early 1-0 lead on a power play goal by Kerby Rychel 2:56 into the contest.  Kevin Rooney would tie things up late in the period with his first postseason goal, only to have former Devil Sergey Kalinin give Toronto a 2-1 lead eleven seconds later.  In the second, the Marlies would take over the contest, as goals by Frederik Gauthier and Colin Greening 2:23 apart would put the visitors ahead 4-1, chasing Blackwood out of the net in favor of Ken Appleby.  The goalie switch seemed to wake the Devils up somewhat…John Quenneville would score for the second straight game to cut the deficit to 4-2.  But a late power play goal by Andreas Johnsson would restore the 3 goal advantage for Toronto.  Albany had a golden opportunity to get back in the game with a 1:48 5 on 3 chance, but could not take advantage.  To finish off the rout, Trevor Moore would score 4:35 into the third, giving the Marlies the win and a split heading into Canada next week.  Blackwood stopped 9 of 13 shots in 26:38, while Appleby stopped 8 of 10 in 33:12.  Three Devils would add one assist each.

Lines:

Joe Blandisi-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

John Quenneville-Blake Coleman-Nick Lappin

Miles Wood-Kevin Rooney-Brian Gibbons

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Blake Pietila

Defense:

Steve Santini/Seth Helgeson

Vojtech Mozik/Karl Stollery

Viktor Loov/Josh Jacobs

Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby

Scratches: Andrew MacWilliam, Max Novak, Jan Mandat, Luke Gazdic, Ryan Kujawinski, Shane Harper, Blake Speers, Petr Straka, Yohann Auvitu, Brandon Gignac, Austin Cangelosi, Colton White, Scott Wedgewood, Evan Cormier

Power Play: 0 for 5.  Penalty Kill: 5 for 7.  Penalty Minutes: 28.  Shots on Goal: 21.  Shots Allowed: 23.

3 Stars: 1. Frederik Gauthier; 2. Justin Holl; 3. Kerby Rychel.

Highlight Reel:

Around the Playoffs:

Let’s check in on the other AHL first round series:

In the other North Division matchup, Syracuse and St. John’s split their first two games in Newfoundland, with the Crunch winning in double overtime on Saturday.  The series moves to Syracuse for Game 3 on Wednesday and Game 4 on Friday, with Game 5 if needed on Saturday.

Lehigh Valley finds themselves in a 2-0 hole to Hershey after the Bears took the first two games with a 1-0 overtime win on Friday, followed by a comeback 5-4 win on Saturday (the Bears were down 4-2 entering the third).  Hershey’s first chance to wrap up the series comes Wednesday at home, with Game 4 scheduled for Saturday if needed.

Providence is up 1-0 on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after a 2-1 win at home on Friday night.  Game 2 is Sunday afternoon in Rhode Island before the series moves to northeast Pennsylvania for Game 3 on Thursday.

Moving to the West, Chicago and Charlotte split their first two games in North Carolina, with the Checkers picking up a 4-0 shut out win on Thursday before the Wolves picked up a 3-2 win on Friday.  Game 3 is in Illinois Sunday afternoon, with Game 4 on Tuesday and Game 5 if needed Wednesday.

Grand Rapids is up 1-0 on Milwaukee after a 4-3 overtime win on Friday.  Game 2 is this afternoon in Michigan, before the series moves to Milwaukee for Game 3 on Wednesday.

San Jose is up 1-0 against Stockton after they shut the Heat out 4-0 on Friday.  Game 2 is Sunday afternoon in San Jose, then the series goes to Stockton for Game 3 on Friday.

Finally, San Diego and Ontario are tied at 1 in their series after the Reign took Game 1 3-2 on Friday and the Gulls won 2-1 on Saturday.  In the ever popular 1-1-1-1-1 series set up, Game 3 is on Friday in San Diego, with Game 4 in Ontario on Monday, May 1st.

Up North with the Thunder:

Adirondack, as mentioned last week, is in a unique situation in their first round series with Manchester: due to the circus coming in to the SNHU Arena, the Thunder gets the next 5 games of the 7 game series on home ice.  In Game 3 on Tuesday, the Thunder cut the series lead to 2-1 with a 3-1 win over the Monarchs on Tuesday.  Three different Thunder players would score, James Henry would add two assists, while J.P. Anderson stopped 26 of 27 shots.  Manchester would take a 3-1 lead in Game 4 on Thursday night, a 2-1 win, despite only putting 16 shots on goal.  Cullen Bradshaw had the lone Thunder goal, while Anderson stopped 14 of 16.  Adirondack would stave off elimination in Game 5 on Saturday with a 2-1 win.  Peter MacArthur and Dennis Kravchenko would each have a goal, and Anderson stopped 25 of 26.  The Thunder will again attempt to keep their season alive in Game 6 on Tuesday, with Game 7 scheduled for Wednesday if necessary.

This Week’s Schedule:

The series shifts to Toronto for Games 3-5.  We know for sure that Game 3 will be Wednesday and Game 4 is on Friday night.  Will Game 5 on Saturday be needed?  We shall see.

But the Devils have a daunting task of taking 2 out of 3 in Toronto in order to stave off extinction.

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The Day Before…

Let’s call this the pre-pregamer, if you will.

Before the postseason officially begins tomorrow night, there are a few storylines on both sides:

-The Devils added another forward on Tuesday: 2015 3rd rounder Blake Speers has joined the team after finishing his season with Sault Ste. Marie.  He made three appearances in New Jersey early in the season, going scoreless before returning to the Greyhounds.  If you recall, he was on the roster last season during the playoffs as an amateur tryout, but did not see any action.

SSM teammate Colton White joined him earlier this afternoon.

-Also on Tuesday, the Marlies released their postseason roster.  You may recognize a couple of names on the list…

…and one of those familiar names was profiled in today’s Times Union.

At least two Marlies regulars, Kasperi Kapanen and Nikita Soshnikov, are currently up with the Maple Leafs as they take on the Caps in Round 1.  That series would finish by Tuesday at the latest, so depending on the result, you may or may not see anyone come down from the Leafs till the “if necessary” portion of the series.

-As for the rest of the AHL?  Here’s your other first round matchups:

East:

N1 Syracuse vs. N4 St. John’s–series begins Friday in NFLD

A1 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton vs. A4 Providence–series begins Friday in RI

A2 Lehigh Valley vs. A3 Hershey–series begins Friday in Allentown

West:

C1 Chicago vs. C4 Charlotte–series begins Thursday in NC

C2 Grand Rapids vs. C3 Milwaukee–series begins Friday in MI

P1 San Jose vs. P4 Stockton–series begins Friday in SJ

P2 San Diego vs. P3 Ontario–series begins Friday in SD

Pregamer will be out an hour earlier than usual, at 3 PM on Thursday.  This will be the only pregamer for the series.  First recap will be on Sunday, time to be determined (as someone who has sat through multiple playoff OTs on a few occasions, you need to prepare for the worst I guess).

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Midweek Update: And the Awards Go To…

A few news items before we hit a busy weekend:

-For the first time in 2 years, the Booster Club was able to have a formal awards banquet, which sadly became the last one Tuesday night.  So who were the big winners?

As voted on by the membership, including myself:

-Offensive Player of the Year: Ben Sexton (also my pick)

-Defensive Player of the Year: Vojtech Mozik (me: Blake Coleman)

-Unsung Hero: Ben Sexton (me: Kevin Rooney)

-Most Electrifying Player (by definition: the player who gets the crowd excited): Luke Gazdic (me: Joe Blandisi)

-Fan Favorite: Rod Pelley (me: Joe Blandisi)

Next, who was named as one of the three stars of the game the most?

2nd/3rd Star: Brian Gibbons

1st Star: Ben Sexton

Finally, who had the most Chili Goals?  Definition: if a Devil scores the third goal of the game at home, you get free Wendy’s chili.  The final Chili Goal champ is Blake Coleman with 4.

In roster news, the first of the class of 2016 has arrived on an amateur tryout, in the form of goaltender Evan Cormier.  He finished off his season with Saginaw last week, where he went 23-19-2 with a 3.23 GAA and a .899 save percentage in 49 appearances for the Spirit.

And now a division playoff update:

While I was in New Jersey watching Dallas defeat the parent Devils in overtime(and also seeing Coleman score his first NHL goal), both St. John’s and Utica lost, while Toronto defeated Syracuse.  That created a few changes in the North pecking order:

  1. Toronto, 79 points, .581
  2. Syracuse, 77 points, .575
  3. Albany, 73 points, .545
  4. St. John’s, 74 points, .544
  5. Utica, 71 points, .530

The Devils magic number to clinch a playoff spot sits at 17 with 9 games remaining.

Syracuse takes on Binghamton tonight in the Southern Tier, where a win would put them right back in first place.  This is especially important, with a two game showdown against the Marlies coming up at home this weekend.  St. John’s opens a two game set at home this weekend against the Senators, while Utica has a 3 in 3 weekend with Rochester twice before a return trip to Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.

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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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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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2017 AHL All Star Wrap

Another successful AHL All Star Classic is in the books.

This year, the venue was Allentown, home of the Phantoms.  Albany looked to be well represented, with John Quenneville, Joe Blandisi, and Vojtech Mozik selected to represent the North Division.  Then…Sunday morning all three were mysteriously pulled from the event.  A highly contagious virus had struck a few members of the roster (i.e. Reece Scarlett, Blake Pietila), and due to risk of possible exposure, the team and league determined it was best everyone stayed home to recover.

But for me, even though I was now left without a team in the fight…the show must go on.

1/29, All Star Skills: West 15, East 11

Jack Roslovic talking strategy.

Jack Roslovic talking strategy.

First, both conferences battled in the Skills Competition.

Leading off, the Puck Control Relay: the West would win the first three heats, with former Devil Matt Lorito (now with Grand Rapids) part of the first winning team.  The East would win the final individual round (Lehigh Valley’s Jordan Weal would be the winner).

Second event, the Fastest Skater: This year’s event was record setting, as Bridgeport’s Devon Toews would become the second fastest ever in the event’s history, winning with a time of 13.478 seconds.  All but one skater would finish at 13.8 or faster.  The East picked up the individual point, while the West took home team honors for lowest average with 13.769 seconds.

Third event, the Rapid Fire: Both teams would earn a point, as they tied with 23 saves each.  Former River Rat Michael Leighton (now with Charlotte) and Rochester’s Linus Ullmark would each stop 8 shots in their respective rounds.

Fourth event, the Hardest Shot: Another two points to the West, as Tucson’s Kyle Wood took home the individual title with 99.3 MPH.  The West also grabbed team honors with an average shot of 98.1 MPH.

Fifth event, Accuracy Shooting: No one went 4 for 4, but Cole Schneider of Rochester came the closest, getting 4 targets in 5 attempts.  The East took the team honors, hitting 15 targets in 25 total attempts.

Sixth event, Pass and Score: In the three on none round, the East would win 6-3 and take the overall competition lead.  Troy Grosenick (San Jose) and Tristan Jarry (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) were the only two goaltenders to stop all three attempts.  The trio of former River Rat Chris Terry (now with St. John’s) and Utica teammates Alexandre Greiner and Jordan Subban scored all three of their goals against Cleveland’s Anton Forsberg.

Seventh event, Breakaway Relay: All four West goaltenders–Grosenick, Jack Campbell (Ontario), Forsberg, and Leighton–would stop every shot they faced.  On the East side, Ullmark would be the only goaltender to shut out his round.  Five West skaters would pick up goals, giving the West the overall win.

Ullmark would take home Top Goaltender honors, as he stopped 15 of 18 total shots faced.

 

Matt Lorito

Matt Lorito

The Top Goaltender, Linus Ullmark (Rochester). Minus the sweet Minion mask.

The Top Goaltender, Linus Ullmark (Rochester). Minus the sweet Minion mask.

Monday: The day began with the annual State of the League address.  Other than, well, the obvious…some highlights:

-Next year’s schedule will come out 5-6 weeks earlier than normal.  Which means you can start making your plans in July instead of nearly having to wait till September!

-With Las Vegas joining the NHL next season, talk of a 31st AHL team was brought up.  It may not come to fruition until 2018-19 at the latest.  Outside of the three North Division moves, everyone else appears to be staying put for the long haul.  Realignment also appears to be on the radar for next season as well.

-Later Monday morning, former River Rat Bryan Helmer was one of four men to be inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame.

All-Star Challenge Results:

 

Everyone sporting #14 in honor of Craig Cunningham.

Everyone sporting #14 in honor of Craig Cunningham.

Game #1: Atlantic 2, Central 1

Leading off the 3 on 3 tournament, the Atlantic took on the Central.  The Atlantic would score both their goals during the first five minute half, as Mackenzie Weegar (Springfield) and Travis Boyd (Hershey) would score 36 seconds apart.  Oliver Bjorkstrand (Cleveland) would break up the Atlantic shutout bid with 48 seconds left in the second half.  Zane McIntyre (Providence) stopped 6 of 7 shots, while Leighton stopped 3 of 5.

Game #2: North 6, Pacific 3

The other two divisions faced off in the second game…and this one was no contest.  After both teams went back and forth during the first half, the North Division would explode for four goals in the second half.  Justin Bailey (Rochester) scored twice in a 14 second span, while former Devil Matt Taormina (now with Syracuse) and Alexandre Grenier (Utica) added two assists each.  Ullmark would stop 5 of 6 shots in the first half, while Charlie Lindgren (St. John’s) took over in the second half and stopped just one of three.  Campbell had a rough go in the second half, stopping 5 of 9 North shots.

Game #3: Central 2, North 1 (SO)

Unlike the previous round, this was a low scoring affair.  Casey Bailey (Binghamton) would put the North ahead late in the first half.  Alex Tuch (Iowa) would tie things up early in the second half.  With the first tie of the evening, it would be settled by the shootout.  Kenny Agostino (Chicago) and Spencer Abbott (Rockford) would each score, while Anton Forsberg (Cleveland) would stop 2 of 3 North shooters for the win.  He stopped 11 of 12 shots before that.  Ullmark would stop all 4 shots faced in the first half, then Lindgren would stop 6 of 7 in the second half.

Game #4: Atlantic 6, Pacific 1

Another blowout performance against the Pacific in this round.  Hometown boys T.J. Brennan and Jordan Weal would score 1:12 apart for a 2-0 start, then Daniel O’Regan (San Jose) would cut the lead in half.  But the Pennsylvania connection would put the game away for the Atlantic…Hershey teammates Chris Bourque and Boyd would score :45 apart, then the third Phantom representative, Taylor Leier, would make the hometown crowd happy with two goals in the second half.  The Pacific was held shotless in the second half, while Campbell and Troy Grosenick (San Jose) combined for 6 saves on 12 shots overall.

Game #5: Central 5, Pacific 3

Poor Pacific Division.  Apparently they should have practiced more…oh wait.  (I’ll show myself out.)

Anyway…the Central would get off to a very quick start in this round, taking a 3-0 lead within the first minute of the contest.  Lorito, Agostino, and Tuch would all score within :43.  Christian Fischer (Tucson) would get  the Pacific on the board, only to see Oliver Bjorkstand (Cleveland) answer with a goal late.  In the second half, Lorito would pick up his second of the game for a 5-1 advantage.  Wood and O’Regan would pick up goals, but it was too little too late.  Leighton and Forsberg combined to stop 9 of 12 shots.  Grosenick and Campbell would only save 2 of 7.  With the win, the Central clinched a spot in the championship game.

Game #6: Atlantic 2, North 0

So who would be taking on the Central for the title?  It would be an offensive struggle for the North in this one, as they could not get a goal past Tristan Jarry (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) in the first half.  Nicklas Jensen (Hartford) would get the Atlantic on the board.  Zane McIntyre (Providence) would take over in the second half, and he too would keep the North in check.  Leier would add an empty netter late to send the Atlantic to the championship game.  Ullmark and Lindgren would combine for 11 saves on 12 shots.

Championship: Central 1, Atlantic 0 (SO)

One from the East, one from the West.  But only one division can be the winner.  And both teams battled to a scoreless tie through regulation, combining for just 5 shots in the 6:00 round.  It would go down to a sudden death shootout…Weal, Agostino, Bourque, Abbott, Boyd, Bjorkstrand, and Leier were all unsuccessful.  But it would be the former Devil, Lorito, who would score on McIntyre in the fourth round, clinching the Challenge for the Central Division for the second year in a row.

Leier would take home MVP honors, scoring 3 goals on the night.

As for my experience: as always, everything was wonderful, despite the fact I had no one show up. (For those of you who continue to think it’s New Jersey screwing us…you’re wrong.  I have confirmation that it was indeed illness.  I get it, you’re ticked, but for the love of all things holy STOP IT.) It was my first visit to Allentown and…if you can make the trip to the PPL Center, absolutely do it.  The building is awesome…and not just because there’s a Tim Hortons attached to it (give me all the Timbits!).  Sight lines were great from nearly all angles, the atmosphere was energetic…no complaints here.  If the 2018 version stays in the east and I can drive there…I may make the trip for the fourth year in a row.

For more photos check out my Flickr album!

Now the Farewell tour begins, starting Thursday.

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2016-17 Schedule Reveal…

…Finally.

After having to wait since early June (or in my case, mid-May), and seeing both the ECHL and NHL release their schedules, AND having to wait on the NBA to finish theirs, the AHL finally released the 2016-17 slate on Monday afternoon.

As for the Devils:

-They will open the season on the road in Providence on Friday, October 14th against the Bruins.  St. John’s will come in the next afternoon at 5 PM for the home opener.

The full schedule:

OCTOBER

14–@ Providence, 7:05 PM

15–ST. JOHN’S, 5:00 PM

21–BINGHAMTON, 7:00 PM

22–UTICA, 5:00 PM

23–@ Providence, 3:05 PM

26–@ W-B/Scranton, 7:05 PM

28–TORONTO, 7:00 PM

29–TORONTO, 5:00 PM

NOVEMBER

2–@ Bridgeport, 11:00 AM

5–@ Hershey, 7:00 PM

11–HERSHEY, 7:00 PM

12–ST. JOHN’S, 5:00 PM

16–@ Rochester, 7:05 PM

18–@ Binghamton, 7:05 PM

19–@ Syracuse, 7:00 PM

23–TORONTO, 7:00 PM

25–@ Hartford, 7:15 PM

26–ROCHESTER, 5:00 PM

29–@ Bridgeport, 7:00 PM

DECEMBER

2–UTICA, 7:00 PM

3–@ Utica, 7:00 PM

4–BINGHAMTON, 3:00 PM

7–BINGHAMTON, 7:00 PM

9–@ Syracuse, 7:00 PM

10–PROVIDENCE, 5:00 PM

14–@ Utica, 7:00 PM

17–@ Toronto, 1:30 PM

18–@ Toronto, 3:00 PM

21–BINGHAMTON, 7:00 PM

26–PROVIDENCE, 7:00 PM

30–TORONTO, 7:00 PM

31–@ Hartford, 5:00 PM

JANUARY

1–BRIDGEPORT,  3:00 PM

4–ST. JOHN’S, 7:00 PM

6–@ Utica, 7:00 PM

7–@ Lehigh Valley, 7:05 PM

11-@ Springfield, 7:05 PM

13–SPRINGFIELD, 7:00 PM

14–@ Binghamton, 7:05 PM

18–SYRACUSE, 7:00 PM

21–@ St. John’s, 4:00 PM NST (2:30 EST)

22-@ St John’s, 4:00 PM NST (2:30 EST)

27–@ Rochester, 7:05 PM

28–ROCHESTER, 5:00 PM

FEBRUARY

2–SYRACUSE, 7:00 PM

3–LEHIGH VALLEY, 7:00 PM

4–@ Binghamton, 7:05 PM

7–PROVIDENCE, 7:00 PM

10–@ Rochester, 7:05 PM

11–@ Toronto, 5:00 PM

12–@ Toronto, 3:00 PM

15–SYRACUSE, 7:00 PM

17–W/B-SCRANTON, 7:00 PM

18–BRIDGEPORT, 1:00 PM

20–UTICA, 1:00 PM

24–@ St. John’s, 7:30 PM NST (6:00 EST)

25–@St. John’s, 7:30 PM NST (6:00 EST)

MARCH

3–@ Providence, 7:05 PM

4–@ Utica, 7:00 PM

10–@ Binghamton, 7:05 PM

11–@ Bridgeport, 7:00 PM

17–SPRINGFIELD, 7:00 PM

18–@ Syracuse, 7:00 PM

19–@ Springfield, 3:05 PM

22–BRIDGEPORT, 7:00 PM

24–UTICA, 7:00 PM

25–PROVIDENCE, 5:00 PM

31–@ Providence, 7:05 PM

APRIL

1–HARTFORD, 5:00 PM

2–ROCHESTER, 3:00 PM

5–SYRACUSE, 7:00 PM

7–ST. JOHN’S, 7:00 PM

8–@ Syracuse, 7:00 PM

12–HARTFORD, 7:00 PM

14–@ Rochester, 7:05 PM

15–ROCHESTER, 5:00 PM

(home games in CAPS)

The Breakdown:

-8 games each against Providence, St. John’s, Binghamton, Utica, Toronto, Rochester, and Syracuse; 6 against Bridgeport; 4 against Hartford and Springfield; and 2 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Hershey, and Lehigh Valley.

-Saturday leads the way with 26 games, followed by: Friday with 23; Wednesday with 14; Sunday with 8; Monday and Tuesday with 2: and 1 on Thursday.

-Only 7 3 in 3 sets, with 6 on the weekend and one Thursday-Friday-Saturday.

-Saturday home games remain at 5:00 (cue incessant groaning from the fanbase…not from me anyway), except for February 18th, a 1 PM start.  All weekday home games are at 7:00 with the exception of February 20th, a Presidents Day 1 PM matinee.

-Longest homestand: 4, which happens twice (February 15th-20th and April 1st-7th).

-Longest road trip: 6 games, from February 24th-March 11th.

-April is very friendly, as 6 of their final 8 games are on home ice.

-One morning game this season, in Bridgeport on November 2nd.

One final scheduling note: a second preseason game will take place in Cromwell, CT on Sunday, October 9th at 1 PM against Hartford.

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