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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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Game 39: Albany at Binghamton

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

Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 3-2.

Media Kit

Standings:

Albany: 21-15-1-1, 44 points, .579, 2nd place in North Division

Binghamton: 15-18-2-1, 33 points, .458, tied for 5th in North Division

Senators Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Phil Varone, 22 points (8 G, 14 A); 2 tied with 16 points

Chris Driedger, 8-5-2, 2.72 GAA; Scott Greenham, 0-1-0, 7.15 GAA

Last Game, Senators: Binghamton defeated Bridgeport 3-2 in overtime at home on Friday.

Latest News/Notes:

The Senators have won 7 out of their last 10, including last night’s win against the Sound Tigers; they are in the middle of a 3 in 3 weekend, with a trip south to Hershey on Sunday afternoon to wrap it up; New Jersey sent forward Nick Lappin down to Albany on Friday, but he likely will not appear in a game until next week; John Quenneville (illness) is expected to return next week, along with Jan Mandat (leg).  No timetable available for Joe Blandisi, who had a setback in his recovery.

Surging B-Sens down Bridgeport in overtime (pressconnects.com)

Albany Devils can’t hold on against Springfield (Times Union)

Broadcast Info: AHL Live or US 96.9 FM

Social: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @SenatorsAHL

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Game 37: Albany at Springfield

Location: Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA.

Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: First meeting of 4.  Future matchups: January 13th & March 17th @ Albany; March 19th @ Springfield

Media Kit

Standings:

Albany: 20-15-0-1, 41 points, .569, 2nd place in North Division

Springfield: 14-13-4-2, 34 points, .515, 6th place in Atlantic Division

Thunderbirds Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Chase Balisy, 20 points (7 G, 13 A); Mackenzie Weegar, 14 points (8 G, 6 A); 3 players tied with 12 points

Reto Berra, 8-6-2, 2.23 GAA; Mike McKenna, 6-7-4, 3.11 GAA

Last Game, Thunderbirds: Springfield lost to Providence 4-1 at home on Saturday.

Latest News/Notes:

Springfield has won 2 of 3 since turning the calendar to 2017; four of their next five games are on home ice, with just Friday’s game in Albany the lone road trip; defenseman Mackenzie Weegar is the lone All Star representative; Karl Stollery and Blake Coleman were summoned to New Jersey on Tuesday as the parent Devils head to western Canada;  with just 11 forwards available, the team has brought in two PTOs: forward Tylor Spink from Toledo and Ty Loney from Adirondack.

Springfield Thunderbirds drop home contest to Providence Bruins (MassLive.com)

Weegar named to AHL All-Star Classic (Florida Panthers)

A-Devils Podcast: Kevin Rooney & World Junior Championships (Albany Devils)

Devils Recall Stollery, Coleman from AHL (All About the Jersey)

Broadcast Info: AHL Live or WHYN 560 AM

Social: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @thunderbirdsahl, @KatyLovesHockey

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Game 35: Albany at Utica

Location: Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY.

Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Tied at 2.

Media Kit

Standings:

Albany: 20-13-0-1, 41 points, .603, 2nd place in North Division

Utica: 10-15-5-1, 26 points, .419, 7th place in North Division

Comets Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Alexandre Grenier, 23 points (8 G, 15 A); Jordan Subban, 20 points (8 G, 12 A); Curtis Valk, 19 points (10 G, 9 A)

Thatcher Demko, 7-8-3, 3.00 GAA; Richard Bachman, 3-6-1, 3.24 GAA

Last Game, Comets: Utica lost 6-3 at home against Rochester on Saturday night.

Latest News/Notes:

The Comets are in a tailspin, going winless in their last 9 contests (o-4-4-1), their last win coming on December 7th against Toronto; goaltender Richard Bachman returned to the lineup last weekend after sitting out since November due to injury; this is the beginning of a 3 in 3 weekend for Utica, who will embark on a two game Pennsylvania swing: Hershey on Saturday, Lehigh Valley on Sunday; Seth Helgeson was recalled to New Jersey on Thursday, while Brandon Gormley officially returned to the roster after his Spengler Cup stint.  Jacob MacDonald, a defenseman from the Toledo Walleye, has been signed to a PTO; John Quenneville and Joe Blandisi were selected to represent the Devils in the AHL All Star Classic in Allentown later this month.

Comets’ Subban ‘excited’ for All Star opportunity (Utica Observer-Dispatch)

John Quenneville, Joe Blandisi among AHL All-Stars (Times Union)

Broadcast Info: AHL Live or KROCK 94.9 FM

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

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Game 32: Albany at Hartford

Location: XL Center, Hartford, CT.

Time: 5:00 PM.

Season Series: Albany leads 1-0.

Media Kit

Standings:

Albany: 17-13-0-1, 35 points, .565, 3rd place in North Division

Hartford: 11-16-3-1, 26 points, .419, 7th place in Atlantic Division

Wolfpack Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Nicklas Jensen, 23 points (13 G, 10 A); Ryan Graves, 17 points (4 G, 13 A); 3 tied with 16 points

Magnus Hellberg, 8-7-4, 3.15 GAA; Brandon Halverson, 3-4-0, 3.77 GAA

Last Game, Wolfpack: Hartford lost to Springfield 3-2 on the road on Friday night.

Latest News/Notes:

After a four game winning streak, the Wolfpack have dropped their last two games; Hartford is tied with Charlotte for worst points percentage in the AHL; the Wolfpack rank 30th in goals allowed per game (3.77), allowing 117 goals in just 31 games; in today’s Schedule Oddity, the Devils wrap up their visits to Hartford for the season today, but will not host the Wolfpack until April 1st; Albany improved to 12-1 on the season when leading after 2 periods; congrats to Brandon Gormley and the rest of Team Canada, who won the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland with a 5-2 win over HC Lugano.

Wolfpack Rallies, but Loses to Thunderbirds 3-2 (Hartford Courant)

Albany Devils get win behind Carter Camper (Times Union)

Broadcast Info: AHL Live

Social: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @WolfPackAHL

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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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Game 21: Albany at Utica

Location: Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY.

Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: Tied at 1.

Media Kit

Standings:

Albany: 12-7-0-1, 25 points, .625, 2nd place in North Division

Utica: 8-11-1-0, 17 points, .425, 6th place in North Division

Comets Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

2 tied with 14 points

Thatcher Demko, 5-4-1, 2.66 GAA; Michael Garteig, 0-1-0, 4.00 GAA; Richard Bachman, 3-6-0, 3.40 GAA

Last Game, Comets: Utica defeated Albany 2-1 on the road Friday night.

Latest News/Notes:

Friday’s win marked the first time in franchise history a Comets team defeated Albany in regulation; Utica has sold out 64 straight home games coming into the weekend slate; tonight marks the annual Pink the Rink Night at the Aud; Reid Boucher, who was placed on waivers Thursday night to make room for Taylor Hall’s return to the New Jersey lineup, was claimed by Nashville earlier today–if he had cleared, he would have been reassigned to Albany; last night’s loss broke a 5 game home winning streak for the Devils.

Demko, Virtanen help Comets top Devils (Utica Observer-Dispatch)

Beyond the Games: Ben Thomson (CBS 6 Upstate Sports Edge)

Broadcast Info: AHL Live or KROCK 94.9

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

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