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Week 14 in Review: Patchwork Makes It Work

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

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

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

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

Lines:

Brian Gibbons-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Max Novak-Blake Pietila-Tylor Spink

Ryan Kujawinski-Kevin Rooney-Brian Ward

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Ty Loney

Defense:

Vojtech Mozik/Brandon Gormley

Reece Scarlett/Jacob MacDonald

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

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

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

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

Highlight Reel:

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

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

Lines:

Blake Pietila-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Ryan Kujawinski-Kevin Rooney-Ty Loney

Tylor Spink-Brian Gibbons-Max Novak

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Brian Ward

Defense:

Vojtech Mozik/Brandon Gormley

Reece Scarlett/Jacob MacDonald

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby

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

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

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

Highlight Reel:

1/14 at Binghamton: 3-2 W

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

Lines:

Ryan Kujawinski-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Brian Gibbons-Blake Pietila-Ty Loney

Brian Ward-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Tylor Spink-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Defense:

Josh Jacobs/Brandon Gormley

Andrew MacWilliam/Justin Agosta

Reece Scarlett/Jacob MacDonald

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

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

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

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

Highlight Reel:

My Player of the Week:

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

Team Leaders:

Goals: Blake Pietila/Ben Sexton (13)

Assists: John Quenneville (17)

Points: John Quenneville (27)

+/-: Vojtech Mozik (+11)

Penalty Minutes: Andrew MacWilliam (61)

Wins: Ken Appleby (10)

GAA: Ken Appleby (1.87)

Save Percentage: Ken Appleby (.929)

Up North with the Thunder:

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

This Week’s Schedule:

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

 

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Week 13 in Review: Of Domination and Deficits

This week was a tale of two teams.

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

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

1/4 vs. St. John’s: 6-2 W

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

Lines:

Blake Pietila-Blake Coleman-Brian Gibbons

John Quenneville-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Ryan Kujawinski-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Brian Ward

Defense:

Reece Scarlett/Yohann Auvitu

Karl Stollery/Vojtech Mozik

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

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

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

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

Highlight Reel:

1/6 at Utica: 4-2 L

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

Lines:

Blake Pietila-Blake Coleman-Brian Gibbons

John Quenneville-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Ryan Kujawinski-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Ben Thomson/Rod Pelley

Defense:

Reece Scarlett/Yohann Auvitu

Karl Stollery/Vojtech Mozik

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Jacob MacDonald

Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby

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

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

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

Highlight Reel:

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

1/7 at Lehigh Valley: 2-0 L

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

Lines:

John Quenneville-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Blake Pietila-Blake Coleman-Brian Gibbons

Ryan Kujawinski-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Brian Ward-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Defense:

Karl Stollery/Vojtech Mozik

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Reece Scarlett/Jacob MacDonald

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

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

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

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

Highlight Reel:

My Player of the Week:

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

Team Leaders:

Goals: Blake Pietila/Blake Coleman (13)

Assists: John Quenneville (17)

Points: John Quenneville (27)

+/-: Blake Coleman (+15)

Penalty Minutes: Andrew MacWilliam (57)

Wins: Ken Appleby (8)

GAA: Ken Appleby (1.86)

Save Percentage: Ken Appleby (.929)

Up North with the Thunder:

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

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

This Week’s Schedule:

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

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

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Week 12 in Review: Almost Perfect New Year

If not for a run in with a perfect goalie, the Devils start to 2017 would be just that…perfect.  A three game winning streak to finish off the week puts Albany in a position to claim the North Division lead back as we inch closer to the halfway point of the season.

12/26 vs. Providence: 4-2 L

Back on the ice the day after Christmas, the Devils continued their homestand against a hot Bruins team, while forced to go with an 11 F/7 D lineup thanks to injuries for several forwards.  After a scoreless first period, Albany would get off to a good start in the middle period.  While Josh Jacobs was serving a hooking penalty, Max Novak would pick up a shorthanded goal, his third of the season, 1:09 in for a 1-0 lead.  Providence would answer about three and a half minutes later on a Justin Hickman tally to tie things up at 1.  Jake DeBrusk would add a power play goal midway through to put the Bruins ahead 2-1.  The Devils would rally early in the third to tie the game at 2 on Brian Gibbons’ eighth goal of the season.  But, a shot from the corner off the stick of Bruins captain Tommy Cross would find the corner of the net just over Ken Appleby’s shoulder with 8:58 to go would put Providence ahead for good.  Colby Cave would seal the win late with an empty netter.  Otherwise, a solid evening for Appleby in net despite the loss, as he stopped 28 of 31 shots.  Three different Devils would have one assist each.

Lines:

Brian Gibbons-Blake Coleman-Petr Straka

John Quenneville-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Jan Mandat-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-

Defense:

Reece Scarlett/Yohann Auvitu

Karl Stollery/Steve Santini

Andrew MacWilliam/Vojtech Mozik

Josh Jacobs

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Seth Helgeson, Joe Blandisi, Blake Pietila, Luke Gazdic, Ryan Kujawinski, Scott Wedgewood

Power Play: 0 for 4.  Penalty Kill: 2 for 3.  Penalty Minutes: 11.  Shots on Goal: 26.  Shots Allowed: 32.

3 Stars: 1. Tommy Cross; 2. Justin Hickman; 3. Max Novak

Highlight Reel:

12/30 vs. Toronto: 4-2 W

The home portion of 2016 came to a close on Friday evening, as the Devils hosted the Marlies for the fourth time this season.  And it wasn’t long before the visitors found themselves in the lead, as a Colin Greening goal would put Toronto up 1-0 just 2:48 into the contest.  But Albany would answer on their second power play opportunity of the night, as John Quenneville would score his 9th to tie the game up at 1.  It appeared the Devils had taken the lead late, but the goal was waved off due to what the referees saw as goaltender interference, not to mention the goal had cleared the line just before the net was dislodged.  A three goal barrage in a 1:59 span late in the second would set the tone for the night, though…with 3:59 remaining, while on a power play, Andrew Nielsen would put the Marlies ahead 2-1.  But that lead would last just 57 seconds, as Ben Sexton would score his 6th to tie the game up at 2.  Quenneville would follow up 52 seconds later with his second of the night and 10th of the season to put the Devils ahead for good 3-2.  Blake Pietila would add an empty netter just as the clock was about to hit zero in the final period.  A much needed good night between the pipes for Mackenzie Blackwood, as he stopped 22 of 24 shots in win #6 for the rookie.  Carter Camper matched his season output in one night, dishing out three assists.  Reece Scarlett added two helpers of his own.

Lines:

John Quenneville-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Jan Mandat-Blake Coleman-Brian Gibbons

Blake Pietila-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Brian Ward

Defense:

Seth Helgeson/Steve Santini

Andrew MacWilliam/Vojtech Mozik

Karl Stollery/Reece Scarlett

Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby

Scratches: Joe Blandisi, Josh Jacobs, Ryan Kujawinski, Petr Straka, Scott Wedgewood

Power Play: 1 for 4.  Penalty Kill: 4 for 5.  Penalty Minutes: 10.  Shots on Goal: 35.  Shots Allowed: 24.

3 Stars: 1. John Quenneville; 2. Carter Camper; 3. Andrew Nielsen.

Highlight Reel:

12/31 at Hartford: 3-1 W

To finish off the 2016 portion of the schedule, it was off to the capital of Connecticut to face off against a struggling Wolfpack.  And it didn’t take long to get things started…just 32 seconds after the puck dropped, Jan Mandat would score his fourth of the season for a 1-0 Devil lead.  Hartford thought they tied the game up midway through the second, but the goal was waved off.  The Wolfpack would then get their equalizer just seconds later, off the stick of Nicklas Jensen during a power play.  A goaltending duel between Ken Appleby and Magnus Hellberg would emerge soon after, as both teams were having trouble getting that go ahead score.  But Ben Sexton would come through in the clutch, picking up his 7th goal with 4:14 remaining in regulation to put the Devils ahead 2-1.  Blake Pietila would follow with his second straight empty net goal and 12th on the year with less than a minute remaining to top off 2016 with their second straight victory.  Appleby would pick up win #7 and stop 24 of 25 Hartford shots.  Pietila and three others would have one assist each.

Lines:

John Quenneville-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Jan Mandat-Blake Coleman-Brian Gibbons

Blake Pietila-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Brian Ward

Defense:

Karl Stollery/Reece Scarlett

Seth Helgeson/Vojtech Mozik

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Joe Blandisi, Ryan Kujawinski, Scott Wedgewood, Petr Straka, Steve Santini

Power Play: 0 for 1.  Penalty Kill: 4 for 5.  Penalty Minutes: 19.  Shots on Goal: 30.  Shots Allowed: 25.

3 Stars: 1. Ben Sexton; 2. Nicklas Jensen; 3. Ken Appleby.

Highlight Reel:

Sunday: You may have noticed Steve Santini was a late scratch from Saturday’s game in Hartford.  Sunday we learned why: he was recalled to New Jersey after John Moore was hurt in Saturday’s loss to the Capitals.

1/1 vs. Bridgeport: 3-2 W

To kick off 2017, it was back to home ice to host the Sound Tigers for the first time this season.  Much like the night before in Hartford, the Devils got off to a fast start.  Ben Sexton would pick up his 8th goal and third in 3 games this weekend just 1:32 into the contest for a 1-0 lead.  Then on their first power play opportunity midway through the period, Vojtech Mozik would score his third to double the lead, chasing Sound Tiger starter Eamon McAdam in favor of Stephon Williams (Jaroslav Halak did not travel).  Blake Coleman would add a power play goal of his own, his 10th, early in the second period for a 3-0 lead.  At that point, it appeared Mackenzie Blackwood and the Devils would cruise easily, despite being outshot.  Then the Sound Tigers decided to make things interesting with less than five minutes remaining in the contest.  In a span of 3:11, former Devil Steve Bernier (on a power play) and Andrew Rowe would score to cut the Devil lead to one.  But Albany would hold on in the end, finishing off a perfect 3 in 3 weekend and starting off 2017 on a positive note.  Blackwood picked up his second win of the week, stopping 30 of 32 shots.  Mozik and Karl Stollery added two assists, while two other Devils had one helper each.  Ryan Kujawinski returned to the lineup for the first time since mid-November.

Lines:

John Quenneville-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Blake Pietila-Blake Coleman-Brian Gibbons

Ryan Kujawinski-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Brian Ward

Defense:

Karl Stollery/Reece Scarlett

Seth Helgeson/Vojtech Mozik

Andrew MacWilliam/Josh Jacobs

Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby

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

Power Play: 2 for 3.  Penalty Kill: 3 for 4.  Penalty Minutes: 13.  Shots on Goal: 19.  Shots Allowed: 32.

3 Stars: 1. Vojtech Mozik; 2. Karl Stollery; 3. Mackenzie Blackwood.

Highlight Reel:

My Player of the Week:

Do I really have to pick just one?  There are quite a few candidates to choose from this week: 9 Devils had at least two points.  So I will do a three player split between Blake Pietila (2 G, 2 A), Karl Stollery (4 assists) and Ben Sexton (3 goals in 3 straight and two fights).

Team Leaders:

Goals: Blake Pietila (12)

Assists: John Quenneville (16)

Points: John Quenneville (26)

+/-: Blake Coleman (+14)

Penalty Minutes: Ben Thomson (52)

Wins: Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood (7)

GAA: Ken Appleby (1.83)

Save Percentage: Ken Appleby (.929)

Up North with the Thunder:

After an extended break, Adirondack returned to home ice on New Year’s Eve for their lone game of the week, and despite outshooting Reading 42-26, they would drop a 5-2 decision to the Royals.  Ty Loney picked up his 12th goal, while Patch Alber added one assist.  The Thunder will start the 2017 portion of the schedule on a three game road trip, starting in Norfolk on Wednesday before going north to Reading on Friday and Saturday for a two game set against the Royals.

This Week’s Schedule:

Three games on tap for the first week of 2017.  Wednesday the Devils will host St. John’s, then they hit the road for the next two.  Friday night it’s back to Utica to take on the Comets, then a test on Saturday as they face a very good Lehigh Valley team in Allentown.

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Week 11 in Review: Pre-Holiday Bash

Only one game on the schedule this week before the Devils got a much deserved break for Christmas and…let’s just say the extra point is good!

12/21 vs. Binghamton: 7-1 W

Back in the Capital Region to kick off a three game homestand, the Devils would welcome in the Senators for the third time in a span of 17 days.  Albany would find themselves in a bit of a situation just 3:58 into the contest, after Ben Thomson was given the early exit after a kneeing major along the boards.  The Devils were able to kill off the ensuing 5 minute penalty (after a 4 for 4 for the first 2:00), but found themselves in a 1-0 hole after a goal by Jack Rodewald.  Less than three minutes later, Kevin Rooney’s seventh goal of the season would tie things up at 1.  Rod Pelley would add his sixth late in the first to put Albany ahead 2-1…and everything just went up from there.  In the second, Petr Straka would pick up his second 7:35 in for a 3-1 advantage, a goal that would chase Binghamton goaltender Chris Driedger out of the net in favor of Scott Greenham.  Brian Gibbons would welcome him to the game by adding a power play marker for a commanding 4-1 lead.  In the third…the floodgates opened and the rout was on.  First, Jan Mandat would score his third goal of the season less than two minutes in.  Then Blake Coleman, who has been on a tear as of late, would score twice in a 3:54 span.  The benefactor of all this offense?  Ken Appleby, who only had to stop 18 of 19 shots in picking up his team leading 6th win.  Carter Camper would finally return to the lineup for the first time in nearly two months and had two shots.  Eleven different skaters would register at least one point, with Coleman (2 G, 1 A) and Mandat (1 G, 2 A) leading the way.  It was the biggest offensive output of the season, and the most goals scored by a Devil team since February 27, 2015, when they put up 7 against Syracuse.

Lines:

John Quenneville-Carter Camper-Ben Sexton

Blake Pietila-Blake Coleman-Brian Gibbons

Jan Mandat-Kevin Rooney-Petr Straka

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Max Novak

Defense:

Steve Santini/Reece Scarlett

Vojtech Mozik/Yohann Auvitu

Josh Jacobs/Karl Stollery

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Seth Helgeson, Andrew MacWilliam, Joe Blandisi, Ryan Kujawinski, Scott Wedgewood, Brandon Gormley

Power Play: 1 for 3.  Penalty Kill: 3 for 3.  Penalty Minutes: 29.  Shots on Goal: 25.  Shots Allowed: 19.

3 Stars: 1. Blake Coleman; 2. Jan Mandat; 3. Brian Gibbons

Highlight Reel:

Thursday: You may have noticed Seth Helgeson was scratched for Wednesday night’s game.  Well, he had a good reason why: he was recalled to New Jersey on Thursday and suited up for the parent Devils’ 4-0 win at The Rock over the Flyers.  And…he was quite busy:

My Player of the Week:

We have a repeat winner this week!  You cannot help but notice Blake Coleman’s progress as this season has gone on.  Still considered a rookie per the AHL, he has recently broke into the league top 10 in rookie scoring (tied for 8th at press time).

Team Leaders:

Goals: Blake Pietila (10)

Assists: John Quenneville (15)

Points: John Quenneville (23)

+/-: Vojtech Mozik/Blake Coleman (+13)

Penalty Minutes: Ben Thomson (52)

Wins: Ken Appleby (6)

GAA: Ken Appleby (1.78)

Save Percentage: Ken Appleby (.929)

Up North With the Thunder:

Before Adirondack went on their holiday break, they first had to hit the road for a pair of games against Elmira and Reading.  On Thursday night in western New York, the Thunder would take a 3-0 lead in the first period, only to have the Jackals rally to tie the game late in the third.  But with just :04 left in overtime, Greg Wolfe would pick up the game winner and Adirondack escaped with a 4-3 win.  Wolfe and Patch Alber each had two assists.  Friday night in Pennsylvania, the Thunder would drop a 5-2 decision to the Royals.  Wolfe and Alex Wall had assists.  After an 8 day layoff, the Thunder will ring in the New Year at home, hosting Reading.

This Week’s Schedule:

Once the Devils get back from Christmas, it’s going to be a busy week heading into the start of 2017.  First, a Monday night day after Christmas matchup against Providence.  Then Toronto pays their last visit of the regular season on Friday evening.  Saturday, the Devils will finish the 2016 portion of the schedule in Connecticut, as they take on Hartford.  Finally on Sunday, it’s back on home ice for a special New Year’s Day game against Bridgeport.

Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas!  Or whichever holiday you choose to celebrate.

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Week 10 in Review: Looking Up

A much better stretch this week for the Devils, as they got back on track on the road against two division rivals, and managed to snag 4 out of 6 points and jump back into second place in the North.

12/14 at Utica: 3-2 W (OT)

The week began in Utica, where the Devils were looking to break a rare two game losing skid against the Comets.  Both teams would trade goals within 32 seconds of each other in the first–Blake Pietila would give the Devils a brief 1-0 lead with his 9th goal of the season, only to have Alexandre Grenier quickly tie things up.  In the second period, a similar turn of events, as the teams would trade goals within 57 seconds.  Ben Sexton would pick up a rare Albany power play goal, his fifth, for a 2-1 Devil lead, only to see Pascal Pelletier tie it back up on a power play shortly thereafter.  A very quiet third period would send the game into overtime, where the Devils would put up 7 shots on Comets goaltender Thatcher Demko, who had defeated Albany in his last two starts.  He was not about to get a third win, though, as on the 7th shot Pietila would score his second goal of the game with 40 seconds remaining to break a three game skid for the Devils.  Mackenzie Blackwood snapped a personal three game losing streak, stopping 19 of 21 shots and picking up his 5th win.  Four Devils would have one assist each, while Yohann Auvitu made his Albany debut.

Lines:

Ben Sexton-Kevin Rooney-Jan Mandat

Blake Coleman-Blake Pietila-Brian Gibbons

John Quenneville-Joe Blandisi-Petr Straka

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Max Novak

Defense:

Seth Helgeson/Steve Santini

Reece Scarlett/Yohann Auvitu

Karl Stollery/Vojtech Mozik

Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby

Scratches: Andrew MacWilliam, Josh Jacobs, Carter Camper, Ryan Kujawinski, Scott Wedgewood, Brandon Gormley

Power Play: 1 for 3.  Penalty Kill: 1 for 2.  Penalty Minutes: 9.  Shots on Goal: 33.  Shots Allowed: 21.

3 Stars: 1. Blake Pietila; 2. Mackenzie Blackwood; 3. Pascal Pelletier.

Highlight Reel:

12/17 at Toronto: 3-1 W

For the first time since last May, when they were eliminated in Game 7 of the Division Finals, the Devils found themselves in Toronto.  But…instead of playing at Ricoh Coliseum, they found themselves at the home of the Maple Leafs, Air Canada Centre, as they had an early afternoon puck drop against the slumping Marlies.  The first period was probably one of the best periods the Devils have played all season…they held Toronto to four shots, all during the second half of the first, and Brian Gibbons would strike twice, the second coming via a power play goal for a 2-0 Albany lead.  In the second, Blake Coleman would extend his scoring streak to five games with his 7th goal of the season to put the Devils up 3-0.  Andreas Johnsson would break up Ken Appleby’s shutout bid with 3:42 to go in the second to cut the lead to two.  Toronto had a chance in the third to cut the lead to 3-2 when Colin Smith was awarded a penalty shot, the first one against a Devils goaltender this season, and Appleby would come up with the save.  The Devils would find themselves down 6 on 5 for the last 4:11 of the contest, as goaltender Antoine Bibeau was pulled quite early for an extra attacker, but were able to prevent any chance of a Marlies comeback, and they would pick up their second straight win.  Appleby had an outstanding day in net, stopping 34 of 35 shots.  Joe Blandisi added two assists, while Gibbons, Coleman, and two others had one helper each.

Lines:

John Quenneville-Joe Blandisi-Petr Straka

Blake Coleman-Blake Pietila-Brian Gibbons

Kevin Rooney-Jan Mandat-Ben Sexton

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Max Novak

Defense:

Reece Scarlett/Yohann Auvitu

Seth Helgeson/Steve Santini

Karl Stollery/Vojtech Mozik

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Andrew MacWilliam, Carter Camper, Ryan Kujawinski, Scott Wedgewood, Brandon Gormley

Power Play: 1 for 5.  Penalty Kill: 4 for 4.  Penalty Minutes: 15.  Shots on Goal: 25.  Shots Allowed: 35.

3 Stars: 1. Brian Gibbons; 2. Ken Appleby; 3. Blake Coleman.

Highlight Reel:

12/18 at Toronto: 4-1 L

For the rematch on Sunday afternoon, a few changes: first, the venue switched from Air Canada Centre to Ricoh Coliseum.  The Devils also made a few lineup changes: going with an 11 F/7 D setup, Joe Blandisi and Vojtech Mozik, who were both banged up during Saturday’s win, came out in favor of Andrew MacWilliam and Brandon Gormley, seeing their first action of the week.  Mackenzie Blackwood would draw the start in net, hoping to build upon Wednesday’s win in Utica.  Unfortunately, it would be the Marlies getting off to a hot start in the first period.  Byron Froese and Rinat Valiev (on a power play) would pick up goals less than three minutes apart midway through the period for a 2-0 lead.  Toronto would make it 3-0 midway through the second on Froese’s second of the contest, and a power play tally to boot.  Albany would finally get on the board late in the second as Jan Mandat would pick up his second goal of the year to cut the lead to 3-1.  The Marlies would seal the two game split late in the third on an empty netter off the stick of Dmytro Timashov.  Blackwood finished with 29 saves on 32 shots.

Lines:

Ben Sexton-Brian Gibbons-John Quenneville

Blake Pietila-Blake Coleman-Petr Straka

Jan Mandat-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley- (rotating)

Defense:

Reece Scarlett/Yohann Auvitu

Seth Helgeson/Steve Santini

Karl Stollery/Andrew MacWilliam/Brandon Gormley

Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby

Scratches: Joe Blandisi, Carter Camper, Ryan Kujawinski, Vojtech Mozik, Scott Wedgewood

Power Play: 0 for 4.  Penalty Kill: 2 for 4.  Penalty Minutes: 20.  Shots on Goal: 30.  Shots Allowed: 33.

3 Stars: 1. Byron Froese; 2. Antoine Bibeau; 3. Rinat Valiev.

Highlight Reel:

My Player of the Week:

It’s split between the two Blakes this week.  Pietila with two goals and one assist, Coleman quietly having a nice comeback season after a one goal/two assist week.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Blake Pietila (10)

Assists: Joe Blandisi (14)

Points: John Quenneville (21)

+/-: Vojtech Mozik/Blake Coleman (+10)

Penalty Minutes: Andrew MacWilliam (48)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood/Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood (5)

GAA: Ken Appleby (1.88)

Save Percentage: Ken Appleby (.928)

Up North with the Thunder:

It was a rough week for the boys in Adirondack, as they dropped two of three against division rival Brampton.  The Thunder and Beast split a two game set in Canada on Thursday morning and Friday evening.  The Beast would take a 5-2 win on Thursday, as Adirondack was unable to climb out of a 4-0 hole midway through the contest.  Greg Wolfe would score his third, while Ty Loney added one assist.  The Thunder would get their revenge in a big way on Friday with a 7-3 win, as Alex Wall had two assists and Patch Alber added a helper.  Then back in Glens Falls on Saturday, the Beast would shut out the Thunder 3-0 (and it was Adirondack’s Teddy Bear Toss night…awkward).

It’s a busy week leading up to Christmas for Adirondack, as they host Reading on Tuesday, then hit the road on Thursday to take on Elmira, and finally finish the week in Reading on Friday.

This Week’s Schedule:

One game on the docket before the Devils and the rest of the AHL go on break for the holiday…a home game on Wednesday against Binghamton, the third time in December the Senators will be paying a visit to the Capital Region.

 

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Week 9 in Review: The Struggle is Real

Apparently slumping is contagious within the Devil organization?

While New Jersey has had its issues during their last 10 games (3-4-2-1), it has trickled down to the farm, as the AHL version is also in a slump.  0-3 this week, and just 3 wins since Thanksgiving.  That 5-0 start seems like years ago now.

12/7 vs. Binghamton: 3-2 L

Three days after Albany broke a three game skid against Binghamton, the Senators returned on Wednesday night for the rematch, looking to break a seven game skid of their own.  Much like in November, Binghamton would get off to a quick start in the first period, as they took a 1-0 lead 5:09 in on a Max McCormick goal.  Casey Bailey would double the lead 8 minutes later on a power play goal.  Things would not improve for the Devils in the second, as a power play goal by Kyle Flanagan would put them in a 3-0 hole after 40 minutes.  After having to kill off a Blake Pietila boarding major to start the third period, the Devils would finally start showing some signs of life.  Rod Pelley would pick up his fifth goal to cut the Senators lead to 3-1.  Then with under 6 minutes remaining in regulation, the power finally came back on, as Brian Gibbons would pick up Albany’s first power play goal in 4 games to get to within 3-2.  Despite having a 6 on 4 opportunity late in the contest, the Devils were unable to get that tying goal late, and suffered just their third home loss of the season.  It was another trying night for Mackenzie Blackwood, as he stopped 18 of 21 shots.  Four Devils, including John Quenneville in his first game back from New Jersey, would each have an assist.

Lines:

Blake Pietila-Joe Blandisi-Ben Sexton

John Quenneville-Brian Gibbons-Petr Straka

Ben Thomson-Kevin Rooney-Jan Mandat

Luke Gazdic-Rod Pelley-Blake Coleman

Defense:

Seth Helgeson/Steve Santini

Andrew MacWilliam/Reece Scarlett

Josh Jacobs/Karl Stollery

Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby

Scratches: Max Novak, Carter Camper, Ryan Kujawinski, Scott Wedgewood, Brandon Gormley, Vojtech Mozik

Power Play: 1 for 4.  Penalty Kill: 3 for 5.  Penalty Minutes: 15.  Shots on Goal: 23.  Shots Allowed: 21.

3 Stars: 1. Casey Bailey; 2. Rod Pelley; 3. Kyle Flanagan.

Highlight Reel:

12/9 at Syracuse: 4-2 L

On a snowy Friday night, it was due west on the Thruway to Syracuse, where the Devils looked to avenge their last second loss to the Crunch from November.  Things got off to a good start for the visitors, as John Quenneville picked up his 8th goal of the year 8:08 into the game for a 1-0 advantage.  Tanner Richard would tie the game up late in the first.  Blake Coleman would help the Devils regain the lead in the second with his 6th goal of the season, and after two periods it looked like Albany had a good chance of taking this one, considering they were 9-0 on the season when leading after 40 minutes.  But…the Crunch had other plans.  In the third, with Vojtech Mozik in the box, Adam Erne would pick up a power play goal to tie the game up at 2.  Then with 5:24 remaining in regulation, a wrap around goal off the stick of Yanni Gourde would give the Crunch a 3-2 lead.  The Devils would pull Ken Appleby late in an attempt to tie it up, but Erik Condra would get an empty netter with 1:18 remaining to seal the comeback win for the Crunch.  Appleby would stop 28 of 31 shots in the loss, while Jan Mandat and Blake Pietila added assists.

Lines:

Note: Albany went with an 11 F/7 D lineup for the first time this year.

Blake Coleman-Blake Pietila-Petr Straka

Ben Sexton-John Quenneville-Jan Mandat

Ben Thomson-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Luke Gazdic-Rod Pelley (right wings were rotated on at least two lines)

Defense:

Andrew MacWilliam/Reece Scarlett

Seth Helgeson/Steve Santini

Karl Stollery/Brandon Gormley

Vojtech Mozik

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Joe Blandisi, Josh Jacobs, Carter Camper, Ryan Kujawinski, Scott Wedgewood

Power Play: 0 for 5.  Penalty Kill: 3 for 4.  Penalty Minutes: 8.  Shots on Goal: 27.  Shots Allowed: 32.

3 Stars: 1. Yanni Gourde; 2. Adam Erne; 3. Jake Dotchin.

Highlight Reel:

12/10 vs. Providence: 3-1 L

To finish off the week, it was back to home ice to take on the Bruins, who came into the afternoon on a 10 game point streak.  The visitors would come to play in the first period, outshooting Albany 10-2 and taking a 1-0 lead late in the first period on a power play goal by Peter Cehlarik.  The Devils would show signs of life in the second, peppering Malcolm Subban with 17 shots and tying the game up thanks to Blake Pietila’s 8th goal of the season.  The special teams would fail Albany once again in the third, as former Union Dutchman Wayne Simpson would score on a power play to give Providence a 2-1 lead.  Jordan Szwarz would pick up an insurance goal with less than 7 minutes remaining, ensuring a third straight Albany loss.  Ken Appleby drew the start for the second straight day and stopped 23 of 26 shots.  Blake Coleman would pick up the lone assist.  As for the power play?  0 for 4 today, 1 for 13 for the week.

Lines:

Blake Coleman-Blake Pietila-Brian Gibbons

Jan Mandat-John Quenneville-Petr Straka

Ben Thomson-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Luke Gazdic-Rod Pelley-Ben Sexton

Defense:

Karl Stollery/Vojtech Mozik

Seth Helgeson/Steve Santini

Andrew MacWilliam/Brandon Gormley

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Josh Jacobs, Joe Blandisi, Carter Camper, Ryan Kujawinski, Reece Scarlett, Scott Wedgewood

Power Play: 0 for 4.  Penalty Kill: 1 for 3.  Penalty Minutes: 6.  Shots on Goal: 28.  Shots Allowed: 26.

3 Stars: 1. Malcolm Subban; 2. Wayne Simpson; 3. Blake Pietila.

Highlight Reel:

AHL Live has your highlights here.

My Player of the Week:

There was one player who came up offensively in all three games this week…and it’s been a nice stretch lately for Blake Coleman.  In his last 5 games, he has scored twice and assisted on two others.

Team Leaders:

Goals: John Quenneville/Blake Pietila (8)

Assists: Joe Blandisi (12)

Points: John Quenneville (19)

+/-: Vojtech Mozik (+9)

Penalty Minutes: Andrew MacWilliam (48)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (5)

GAA: Ken Appleby (2.01)

Save Percentage: Ken Appleby (.919)

Up North with the Thunder:

It was a good week for the other boys in red, as Adirondack picked up three out of four points in a two game set against Norfolk. Despite outshooting the Admirals 36-18, the Thunder dropped a 4-3 overtime decision on Tuesday.  Ty Loney picked up his 10th goal of the season and added a helper, while Alex Wall and Brian Ward each had one assist.  The Thunder would dominate in an 8-1 win on Saturday night, with Loney picking up another goal and three assists.  Adirondack hits the road to Canada for a pair against Brampton on Thursday and Friday, then return home on Saturday to finish an odd three game series against the Beast.

This Week’s Schedule:

After the annual Holiday Party with the Booster Club on Monday, the Devils hit the road for the next three.  Wednesday night they make their second visit in 11 days to Utica to face the Comets.  Then it’s off to Canada on Saturday and Sunday for a pair against the Marlies, with Saturday’s contest an early afternoon start at Air Canada Centre.

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Week 8 In Review: Because You’re Hot or You’re Cold

The season of extremes continues for the Devils.  After a hot week last week that saw them sweep all three games, it was back down during a busy 4 game week.  What had potential for 8 points turned into a 3 point week, thanks to a penalty box parade and a dried up offense due to call-ups to New Jersey.

11/29 at Bridgeport: 5-4 L (SO)

To start the week and end the month of November, the Devils returned to the same place where they started it…Bridgeport, for a rare Tuesday night matchup against the Sound Tigers.  After a scoreless first period, the teams combined for 5 goals in the second.  On an early power play, Ben Sexton would pick up his 4th goal of the season for a 1-0 Devil advantage.  Kevin Rooney would double the Albany lead with his 5th goal, but then the Sound Tigers would make a comeback.  Former Devil Steve Bernier would cut the the lead in half with a power play goal, his 8th of the season.  Barely two minutes later, Jesse Graham would tie the game up with a power play goal.  Finally, Ben Holmstrom’s first goal of the season would put the hosts ahead 3-2.  But the Devils were not about to go away quietly, taking the lead back early in the third.  In a span of 5:50, Max Novak (2nd) and John Quenneville (7th, also a PP) would put Albany back on top 4-3.  Bridgeport would re-tie the game 4 minutes later on Joshua Winquist’s 5th goal of the year.  The game would end up going into overtime, where both teams were undefeated (Albany 4-0, Bridgeport 5-0), so something had to give.  After 5 minutes proved fruitless, it was on to the shootout, where Brian Gibbons, Blake Pietila, and Quenneville were unable to connect against Sound Tigers goaltender Eamon McAdam.  Mackenzie Blackwood was able to stop Andrew Rowe and Bracken Kearns in the first two rounds, but could not stop Jon Landry in Round 3, giving Bridgeport the extra point.  It was a mixed night for Blackwood, as he stopped 25 of 29 shots.  Quenneville would add two assists, while Sexton, Rooney, and three others had one assist each.

Lines:

Joe Blandisi-Blake Pietila-Petr Straka

John Quenneville-Blake Coleman-Brian Gibbons

Ben Thomson-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Luke Gazdic-Rod Pelley-Ben Sexton

Defense:

Seth Helgeson/Vojtech Mozik

Andrew MacWilliam/Reece Scarlett

Brandon Gormley/Karl Stollery

Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby

Scratches: Steve Santini, Josh Jacobs, Jan Mandat, Carter Camper, Ryan Kujawinski, Scott Wedgewood

Power Play: 2 for 5.  Penalty Kill: 3 for 5.  Penalty Minutes: 15.  Shots on Goal: 28.  Shots Allowed: 30.

Three Stars: 1. Jon Landry; 2. Devon Toews; 3. John Quenneville.

Highlight Reel:

AHL Live has your highlights here.

12/2 vs. Utica: 2-1 L

The Devils kicked off the month of December with a home and home series against the Comets, starting off in the Capital Region on Friday night.  Albany managed to kill off a double minor and 5 on 3 situation early in the first period, but would find themselves down late.  Andrey Pedan and Jake Virtanen would score near identical goals on Ken Appleby 1:06 apart for a 2-0 Comet advantage after the first 20 minutes.  Albany would finally play a strong second period, only allowing five shots on goal and cutting the lead in half on a Rod Pelley goal, his fourth of the season.  The Devils defense stepped up in the third, only allowing four Utica shots, but were unable to pick up the tying goal on Comets rookie goaltender Thatcher Demko.  The win marked the first ever win in regulation for the Comets against the Devils (they won twice during the regular season in overtime, along with Game 3 of the division finals).  Appleby did not have much to face in stopping 15 of 17 shots, but wound up the hard luck loser.  Andrew MacWilliam and Jan Mandat had the lone helpers.

Lines:

Brian Gibbons-Joe Blandisi-Ben Sexton

Blake Coleman-Blake Pietila-Petr Straka

Ben Thomson-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Luke Gazdic-Rod Pelley-Jan Mandat

Defense:

Andrew MacWilliam/Reece Scarlett

Karl Stollery/Brandon Gormley

Seth Helgeson/Vojtech Mozik

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Steve Santini, Josh Jacobs, Carter Camper, Ryan Kujawinski, Scott Wedgewood

Power Play: 0 for 3.  Penalty Kill: 4 for 4.  Penalty Minutes: 10.  Shots on Goal: 25.  Shots Allowed: 17.

3 Stars: 1. Thatcher Demko; 2. Jake Virtanen; 3. Jan Mandat.

Highlight Reel:

12/3 at Utica: 3-1 L

It was off to Exit 31 of the Thruway on Saturday to finish off the home and home set.  Albany survived an extended period of being shorthanded late in the first period thanks to 3 straight calls in a 2:43 span (including a questionable double minor), but could not generate any offense against Thatcher Demko.  In the second, while on an extended power play of their own, a turnover near the bench ended up on the stick of Darren Archibald, who skated in alone on Mackenzie Blackwood and connected on a shorthanded goal for a 1-0 Comet lead.  Not to be outdone, Blake Coleman would pick up a shorthanded tally of his own (while Rod Pelley was serving another questionable double minor call) to tie the game at 1.  Penalties would in the end cost the Devils this one though…on two consecutive kills with less than 7 minutes to go in regulation, Carter Bancks would score twice in a 1:26 span to put Utica ahead 3-1.  A combination of that and Demko playing outstanding once again was too much for Albany to overcome, and they were swept by the Comets in the home and home set.  Blackwood stopped 29 of 32 shots in the loss.

Lines:

Brian Gibbons-Joe Blandisi-Ben Sexton

Jan Mandat-Blake Pietila-Petr Straka

Ben Thomson-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Luke Gazdic-Rod Pelley-Blake Coleman

Defense:

Andrew MacWilliam/Reece Scarlett

Seth Helgeson/Josh Jacobs

Vojtech Mozik/Brandon Gormley

Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby

Scratches: Steve Santini, Karl Stollery, Carter Camper, Ryan Kujawinski, Scott Wedgewood

Power Play: 0 for 7.  Penalty Kill: 8 for 10.  Penalty Minutes: 20.  Shots on Goal: 29.  Shots Allowed: 32.

3 Stars: 1. Carter Bancks; 2. Thatcher Demko; 3. Darren Archibald.

Highlight Reel:

12/4 vs. Binghamton: 3-1 W

The marathon week finished back on home ice on Sunday afternoon, as the Devils looked to avenge a humiliating loss to the Senators from mid-November.  And it didn’t take long for the home team to get on the board, as Kevin Rooney picked up his 6th goal less than four minutes into the contest for a 1-0 lead.  Blake Pietila would double the lead late in the second with 2:36 remaining in the second period, his 7th of the season.  Binghamton would break up Ken Appleby’s shutout bid with 7:29 to go in the third on a Phil Varone goal.  The Devils regained their two goal lead on a questionable goal call…during a scrum in front of Binghamton goaltender Matt O’Connor, the puck just managed to slide over the goal line.  Although it appeared that the entire puck did not make it across, the referee called it a good goal, awarded to Joe Blandisi.  Albany survived a 12-3 shot differential and a late 6 on 4 to break their two game losing streak, ending a difficult week on a positive note.  Appleby picked up his 4th win and stopped 24 of 25 shots.  Blandisi and three other Devils added assists.

Lines:

Brian Gibbons-Kevin Rooney-Petr Straka

Joe Blandisi-Blake Pietila-Ben Sexton

Ben Thomson-Blake Coleman-Jan Mandat

Luke Gazdic-Rod Pelley-Max Novak

Defense:

Seth Helgeson/Steve Santini

Karl Stollery/Vojtech Mozik

Brandon Gormley/Josh Jacobs

Ken Appleby/Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Andrew MacWilliam, Carter Camper, Ryan Kujawinski, Reece Scarlett, Scott Wedgewood

Power Play: 0 for 7.  Penalty Kill: 4 for 4.  Penalty Minutes: 8.  Shots on Goal: 29.  Shots Allowed: 25.

3 Stars: 1. Blake Pietila; 2. Kevin Rooney; 3. Phil Varone.

Highlight Reel:

My Player of the Week:

Keep an eye on Kevin Rooney, who outside of Joe Blandisi had a very good week with two goals and an assist.  He has mostly been a third line center, but his strong play of late has seen him jump up to first line with the Devils struggling to create offense in recent days.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Blake Pietila (7)

Assists: Joe Blandisi (11)

Points: Joe Blandisi (17)

+/-: Vojtech Mozik (+10)

Penalty Minutes: Andrew MacWilliam (46)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (5)

GAA: Ken Appleby (1.59)

Save Percentage: Ken Appleby (.930)

Up North with the Thunder:

A solid week for Adirondack on home ice as they went 2-1.  On Tuesday, they picked up a 4-2 win over Manchester, as Ty Loney picked up his 9th goal and Mathieu Brodeur added two assists.  Friday night they started a 2 game set against Colorado with a 5-1 win.  Brian Ward picked up his 11th goal of the season, Brodeur added two more helpers (before being summoned to Syracuse on a PTO for Saturday), and Brandon Baddock picked up his first professional point with an assist in the third.  Colorado would earn a split of the two game series with a 6-2 win.  Alex Wall and Greg Wolfe would each have assists in the loss.  The Thunder wrap up the homestand this week with a 2 game set against Norfolk on Tuesday and Saturday.

This Week’s Schedule:

A little bit of an easier schedule this week.  Wednesday night, Binghamton returns to the Capital District for a rematch.  Friday the Devils return to Syracuse to take on the Crunch.  Then it’s back on home ice Saturday afternoon to take on Providence.

 

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