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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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Week 6 in Review: Of Curses and Heartbreak

Just when you thought things were back to normal in Albany…everything happens.  And two out of six points and an injured goaltender later…

11/16 at Rochester: 3-1 W

The road trip began on Wednesday night in Rochester, as the Devils looked to extend a nearly year long shutout streak against the Amerks.  And judging by the first period, it looked like a real possibility.  Despite a 15-2 shot differential in the first twenty minutes of the contest, it took till nearly the end of the period for Albany to get on the board, thanks to Miles Wood’s first professional goal.  Joe Blandisi’s fourth goal of the season (and his third in 3 games) would double the lead for the visitors midway through the middle period.  But while on a power play with 24 seconds remaining in the second, the Amerks finally broke their scoreless drought after a full 3 hours, 21 minutes, and 45 seconds (but who’s counting?), cutting the lead in half on a Tyson Strachan tally.  Despite outshooting the Devils 10-7 in the third, the Amerks were unable to get the equalizer, and an empty netter by Rod Pelley late (his third straight game with a goal) would seal a third straight win.  Scott Wedgewood stopped 20 of 21 Amerk shots, while three Devils each had assists.  The game also marked the debuts of both Petr Straka (2 SOG) and Luke Gazdic (12 PIM).

Lines:

Miles Wood-Joe Blandisi-Ben Sexton

John Quenneville-Brian Gibbons-Petr Straka

Ben Thomson-Kevin Rooney-Jan Mandat

Luke Gazdic-Rod Pelley-Ryan Kujawinski

Defense:

Seth Helgeson/Vojtech Mozik

Andrew MacWilliam/Reece Scarlett

Karl Stollery/Josh Jacobs

Scott Wedgewood/Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Steve Santini, Blake Coleman, Max Novak, Brandon Baddock, Carter Camper, Brandon Gormley

Power Play: 0 for 6.  Penalty Kill: 4 for 5.  Penalty Minutes: 29.  Shots on Goal: 31.  Shots Allowed: 21.

3 Stars: 1. Joe Blandisi; 2. Miles Wood; 3. Tyson Strachan.

Highlight Reel:

11/18 at Binghamton: 6-2 L

It was off to the House of Horrors…I mean Binghamton…on Friday, as Albany paid the Senators a visit.  And if you believe in curses…well, the first period was beyond explanation.  Before most of the building was probably even settled into their seats, Buddy Robinson and Patrick Sieloff scored within the first 39 seconds of the contest for a 2-0 lead.  To add to the insult, Robinson would add his second two minutes later for a 3-0 lead, ending Mackenzie Blackwood’s night after 1 save on 4 chances.  But the home team wasn’t done just yet…Curtis Lazar would add a goal, and 4:56 in the Devils were staring at a 4 goal deficit.  Things would start to look up for the Devils in the second as they tried to get back into the contest.  Petr Straka’s first Devil goal would break up the shutout bid 7:19 into the middle stanza.  Brian Gibbons would pick up his 3rd goal on a power play with 3:43 left in the period to cut the Senators lead in half.  As if the night couldn’t get any worse for Albany…Scott Wedgewood, who was filling in quite well in a relief appearance, was forced to leave the game in the third due to an apparent hand/wrist injury, putting Blackwood back in the net.  And the Senators would put the game away late with two goals in the last 5:28 of the game to halt Albany’s win streak at 3.  Blackwood had a night he’d like to forget, only stopping 2 of 7 shots in 12:01, while Wedgewood stopped 15 of 16 in 47:37 of work before exiting.  Four Devils would add assists.

Lines:

Miles Wood-Joe Blandisi-Ben Sexton

John Quenneville-Brian Gibbons-Petr Straka

Luke Gazdic-Rod Pelley-Blake Coleman

Ben Thomson-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Defense:

Seth Helgeson/Vojtech Mozik

Andrew MacWilliam/Reece Scarlett

Karl Stollery/Brandon Gormley

Mackenzie Blackwood/Scott Wedgewood

Scratches: Steve Santini, Josh Jacobs, Brandon Baddock, Jan Mandat, Carter Camper, Ryan Kujawinski

Power Play: 1 for 6.  Penalty Kill: 7 for 8.  Penalty Minutes: 28.  Shots on Goal: 28.  Shots Allowed: 23.

3 Stars: 1. Buddy Robinson; 2. Chris Carlisle; 3. Matt O’Connor.

Highlight Reel:

Saturday: On Friday night, Ken Appleby was in net in Utah picking up a win for the Thunder.  Saturday, he was backing up in Syracuse, getting the recall after Wedgewood’s injury.

11/19 at Syracuse: 3-2 L

Without Wedgewood, it was off to Syracuse, as the Devils looked to rebound from the night before.  Mackenzie Blackwood got a chance to redeem himself after a disastrous start, and early on he proved that, stopping all 9 Crunch shots in the first twenty minutes.  In the second, the Devils found themselves in a 2-0 hole rather quickly, as Matt Taormina and Tanner Richard would score 1:32 apart early in the period.  But Albany would rally to tie in the second half of the period, thanks to power play goals from Brandon Gormley (his 1st as a Devil) and John Quenneville (his 5th).  The third period was rather quiet at first…no penalties called and both teams each had chances to take the lead.  But just as everyone figured things would be settled in overtime…Erik Condra would get a pass and score on Blackwood with just 1.9 seconds left on the clock, turning a at least 3 point week into a 1-2 week for the Devils.  Blackwood, despite the loss, rebounded very nicely from Friday evening, stopping 27 of 30 shots.  Four different Devils had one assist each.

Lines:

John Quenneville-Kevin Rooney-Petr Straka

Miles Wood-Joe Blandisi-Brian Gibbons

Ben Thomson-Blake Coleman-Max Novak

Luke Gazdic-Rod Pelley-Ben Sexton

Defense:

Andrew MacWilliam/Reece Scarlett

Seth Helgeson/Brandon Gormley

Karl Stollery/Josh Jacobs

Mackenzie Blackwood/Ken Appleby

Scratches: Steve Santini, Brandon Baddock, Jan Mandat, Carter Camper, Vojtech Mozik, Ryan Kujawinski, Scott Wedgewood

Power Play: 2 for 6.  Penalty Kill: 3 for 3.  Penalty Minutes: 6.  Shots on Goal: 31.  Shots Allowed: 30.

3 Stars: 1. Erik Condra; 2. Yanni Gourde; 3. Matt Taormina.

Highlight Reel:

My Player of the Week:

A few to choose from…but let’s go with the new guy.  For someone who had not even played till this week, Petr Straka settled into the lineup quite nicely, picking up a goal and an assist in his first 3 games.

Team Leaders:

Goals: John Quenneville (5)

Assists: Joe Blandisi (8)

Points: Joe Blandisi (12)

+/-: Vojtech Mozik (+8)

Penalty Minutes: Andrew MacWilliam (44)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (5)

GAA: Ken Appleby (1.85)

Save Percentage: Ken Appleby (.929)

Up North with the Thunder:

The Thunder wrapped up an extended trip out west with a 3 game series in Utah against Alexandre Carrier and the Grizzlies, taking two out of three.  On Monday, Adirondack dropped a 5-2 decision, with Brian Ward and Ty Loney each picking up a goal.  Friday night, the Thunder returned the favor with a 2-1 win, as Ken Appleby stopped 24 of 25 shots in picking up his fourth win before flying cross country to join the Devils in Syracuse.  Adirondack would finish off the three game set with a 3-2 win on Saturday night, as Loney would score again, and both Mathieu Brodeur and Alex Wall had two assists each. Adirondack finally returns home to Glens Falls this week, as they kick off a 7 game homestand with a two game set against Florida on Tuesday and Saturday.

This Week’s Schedule:

A sort of odd schedule this week for Albany, as they play a rare Tuesday night home game against Toronto (which originally was scheduled for Wednesday…thanks Siena College).  Friday night they hit the road for Hartford, then on Saturday afternoon against Rochester…the Rats are back.  The long awaited return of the River Rat jerseys is finally upon us!

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Game 15: Albany at Syracuse

Location: Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, NY.

Time: 7:00 PM.

Season Series: First meeting of 8.  Future matchups: December 9th @ Syracuse; January 18th, February 2nd & February 15th @ Albany; March 18th @ Syracuse; April 5th @ Albany; April 8th @ Syracuse

Media Kit

Standings:

Albany: 9-5-0-0, 14 points, .643, 2nd place in North Division

Syracuse: 7-4-0-1, 15 points, .625, 3rd place in North Division

Crunch Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Cory Conacher, 12 points (3 G, 9 A); Yanni Gourde, 9 points (4 G, 5 A); 2 tied with 8 points

Adam Wilcox, 5-3-0, 2.50 GAA; Kristers Gudlevskis, 2-1-1, 3.47 GAA

Last Game, Crunch: Syracuse lost to Hershey 5-1 in Pennsylvania on Friday night.

Latest News/Notes:

The Crunch have won 3 of 5 games during the month of November (3-1-0-1); Syracuse team captain Luke Witkowski is currently on recall to Tampa Bay; from the Devils alumni department, defenseman Matt Taormina has one goal and 5 assists in 6 appearances, while Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond has one assist in 5 games, along with 9 penalty minutes; with an assist Friday night, Joe Blandisi tied the recently called up Blake Pietila for the team scoring lead with 11 points.

Hershey Bears’ special teams bury Syracuse Crunch (syracuse.com)

CrunchCast (Raw Charge)

A-Devils Podcast: Quenneville is a bit old school (thealbanydevils.com)

Devils shell shocked by an early barrage (Times Union)

Broadcast Info: AHL Live or ESPN Radio Syracuse

Social: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @SyracuseCrunch, @syrhockey, @CrunchSyracuse

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Week 4 in Review: Misadventures in Tough Buildings

You know it wasn’t a good week when I have to plug in a favorite excuse of the Peter DeBoer days.  Two games, two goals, two losses.

11/2 @ Bridgeport: 4-2 L

What better way to start the month of November than to travel south to Bridgeport on a sunny Wednesday morning to take on the Sound Tigers, especially in front of roughly 7200 screaming kids for a school day field trip special?  (Sensing sarcasm?  You should.  I survived sitting through it.)  As usual, the Devils got off to a great start in the first period, outshooting their hosts 12-3 and taking a very quick lead.  Blake Coleman (2nd) and Ben Thomson (3rd) would pick up goals just :57 apart, and it was 2-0 Devils less than 3 minutes into the contest.  Second period, it was the Sound Tigers who got a wake up call.  Michael Dal Colle would cut the lead in half 5:06 into the second.  Later in the second, Seth Helgeson attempted to pass to another Devil…and that pass would end up on the stick of Carter Verhaeghe, and he would easily score to tie things up at 2.  It was a complete 180 from the first–the Devils could only muster three shots, while Bridgeport had 14.  It would be another unlucky bounce right by Scott Wedgewood’s net early in the third that would come back to bite Albany, as Ross Johnston would pick up the go ahead goal for a 3-2 Sound Tiger advantage.  Albany would manage a respectable 11 shots on goal in the final frame, but were unable to get anything past Bridgeport goaltender Christopher Gibson, who settled down nicely after the first few minutes of the contest.  Bracken Kearns would trickle a slow roller into the empty net late for an insurance marker.  Wedgewood would stop 23 of 26 in the loss, while Jan Mandat had the only assist…but assists were given to Joe Blandisi and Rod Pelley a few days later.  And unlike the last time the two teams met, it was just a little calmer this time around…only 46 penalty minutes combined.  But the Devil power play continued to struggle, as they went 0 for 7 with the man advantage.

Lines:

John Quenneville-Blake Pietila-Ben Sexton

Miles Wood-Joe Blandisi-Brian Gibbons

Blake Coleman-Kevin Rooney-Jan Mandat

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Max Novak

Defense Pairings:

Seth Helgeson/Josh Jacobs

Andrew MacWilliam/Reece Scarlett

Karl Stollery/Brandon Gormley

Scott Wedgewood/Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Steve Santini, Carter Camper, Ryan Kujawinski

Power Play: 0 for 7.  Penalty Kill: 4 for 4.  Penalty Minutes: 20.  Shots on Goal: 26.  Shots Allowed: 27.

3 Stars: 3. Michael Dal Colle; 2. Carter Verhaeghe; 1. Ross Johnston.

Highlight Reel:

11/5 @ Hershey: 4-0 L

After a rare Friday evening off, it was back to work on Saturday night, as the Devils made their lone trip to Chocolatetown to take on a Bears squad that had won their last four straight, and had yet to lose on home ice.  The first 10 minutes of the game looked promising for the Devils, but in a 3:06 span everything would go wrong.  First, Christian Thomas would snag a power play goal off a bounce from his own shot for a 1-0 lead.  Just under two minutes after that, Brad Malone would break away and score to double the advantage.  Then to finish it off, Stanislav Galiev would score for a 3-0 lead, chasing starter Mackenzie Blackwood from the net after only stopping 3 of 6 shots in 14:46 played.  Scott Wedgewood would come in and keep the Bears at bay for the remainder of the first.  In the second, the teams would combine for just 11 shots on goal…but rookie Colby Williams would pick up his second goal in as many days late in the middle frame for a 4-0 Bear advantage.  Albany would outshoot Hershey 12-11 in the third, but were unable to create any offense against rookie goaltender Vitek Vanecek and the Bears defense.  Despite a 27-25 shot advantage, Albany would end up getting shutout for the second time in 10 games.  Wedgewood played well in relief of Blackwood, stopping 18 of 19 shots in just over 45 minutes.  Steve Santini and Ryan Kujawinski both made their return to the lineup.

Lines:

John Quenneville-Blake Pietila-Ben Sexton

Brian Gibbons-Blake Coleman-Joe Blandisi

Miles Wood-Kevin Rooney-Max Novak

Ben Thomson-Rod Pelley-Ryan Kujawinski

Defense Pairings:

Andrew MacWilliam/Reece Scarlett

Seth Helgeson/Josh Jacobs

Steve Santini/Brandon Gormley

Mackenzie Blackwood/Scott Wedgewood

Scratches: Karl Stollery, Brandon Baddock, Jan Mandat, Carter Camper, Alex Wall

Power Play: 0 for 2.  Penalty Kill: 5 for 6.  Penalty Minutes: 16.  Shots on Goal: 27.  Shots Allowed: 25.

3 Stars: 3. Colby Williams; 2. Christian Thomas; 1. Vitek Vanecek.

Highlight Reel:

My Player of the Week:

If you scored a goal this week, you get the nod.  But seriously…did anyone expect Ben Thomson to be among the team leaders in goals (he is currently tied for second with Blake Pietila with 3) from the fourth line?

Team Leaders:

Goals: John Quenneville (4)

Assists: Rod Pelley (4)

Points: John Quenneville/Blake Pietila (6)

+/-: Karl Stollery (+5)

Penalty Minutes: Joe Blandisi (32)

Wins: Scott Wedgewood (3)

GAA: Scott Wedgewood (2.35)

Save Percentage: Scott Wedgewood (.916)

Up North with the Thunder:

Adirondack would split a pair of games with Manchester this week.  On Tuesday, the Thunder suffered a 3-2 home loss to the Monarchs.  Brian Ward would score his fifth of the season late in the third period, while Greg Wolfe would add one helper.  Adirondack kicked off a season long 8 game road trip Saturday in Manchester with a 5-3 win.  Five different players would score, including Ty Loney and Mathieu Brodeur.  Ken Appleby picked up his second win, stopping 30 of 33 shots.  Since his return to the Thunder, he is 2-0-0-1 with a 1.30 GAA and a .930 save percentage. Adirondack will take on the Monarchs one more time on Sunday afternoon, then they head west to start a 3 game series with Idaho on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

This Week’s Schedule:

The Devils return home for a pair of weekend games.  Friday night, they wrap up their brief season series with Hershey.  Saturday St. John’s makes their second visit of the season to the Capital Region.

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Game 9: Albany at Bridgeport

Location: Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT.

Time: 11:00 AM.

Season Series:  First meeting of 6.  Future matchups: November 29th @ Bridgeport; January 1st & February 18th @ Albany; March 11th @ Bridgeport; March 22nd @ Albany

Media Kit

Standings:

Albany: 6-2-0-0, 12 points, .750, 2nd place in North Division

Bridgeport: 4-3-0-0, 8 points, .571, tied for 3rd place in Atlantic Division

Sound Tigers Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

Bracken Kearns, 8 points (4 G, 4 A); Josh Ho-Sang, 6 points (1 G, 5 A); 2 tied with 4 points

Christopher Gibson, 4-0-0, 2.00 GAA; Stephon Williams, 0-3-0, 2.38 GAA

Last Game, Sound Tigers: Bridgeport was shutout by Springfield 2-0 at home on Sunday afternoon.

Latest News/Notes:

Bridgeport is finishing up a 3 game homestand with the first of two Cool Fun 101 school programs this season; two members of the old CBGB line from New Jersey’s 2012 playoff run are on the roster–Steve Bernier has two points in 2 games since being signed then sent down by the Islanders on October 25th, while former Albany captain Stephen Gionta has yet to make an appearance due to injury; also on the roster but has yet to appear is former Devil Eric Boulton; Vojtech Mozik was recalled to New Jersey on Tuesday, joining the parent Devils on a three game road swing through Florida and Carolina;  Steve Santini is expected to return to the lineup after missing both home games last weekend.

Albany Devils October Review (The Hockey Writers)

A-Devils player gets his day with Lord Stanley (Times Union)

Boulton makes 29: Tuesday notes (Soundin’ Off)

The Sound Tigers Report: Week 3 (soundtigers.com)

Broadcast Info: AHL Live for both

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

 

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Game 1: Albany at Providence

Location: Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island.

Time: 7:05 PM.

Season Series: First meeting of 8.  Future matchups: October 23rd @ Providence; December 10th, December 26th, & February 7th @ Albany; March 3rd @ Providence; March 25th @ Albany; March 31st @ Providence.

Media Kit

Standings:

Albany: 0-0-0, 0 points

Providence: 0-0-0, 0 points

Bruins Leading Scorers/Goaltending:

First game.

Last Game, Bruins: A 5-4 double overtime loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on April 23rd, completing a first round sweep in the Calder Cup playoffs.

Latest News/Notes:

The Bruins lost six of their top 10 scorers from last season, including Seth Griffith (claimed on waivers by Toronto), Alexander Khokhlachev (Europe), Austin Czarnik (Boston), and Frank Vatrano (out till December due to injury); the game marks the head coaching debut of former River Rats captain Kevin Dean, after spending the last five years as an assistant; former A-Devil captain Jay Leach begins his first season as an assistant coach after spending last season on Wilkes-Barre’s bench.

Albany Devils: Five questions for 2016-17 (Times Union)

Albany Devils try to match last year’s success (Times Union)

P-Bruins Season Preview: Where will the goals come from? (Providence Journal)

Broadcast Info: AHL Live for both teams

Social: @trace_1114, @AlbanyDevils, @AHLBruins

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Week 26 Recap: No April Fooling this Playoff Team

First step of the journey is now complete.  After a 3-1 week that saw a few more franchise records broken, what’s left for the Devils to accomplish as the regular season winds down?

Tuesday: Not long after the pregamer went out, a second ATO signing was announced.  Kevin Rooney, a teammate of Trevor Mingoia at Providence, is another forward who just completed his senior campaign with the Friars.  He appeared in all 38 games, posting 6 goals and 4 assists.

3/29 vs. Hartford: 3-0 W

The week started with another rare Tuesday night matchup, as all the Devils needed was to get to overtime at the least against the Wolfpack and their playoff spot would be booked.  Turns out, they didn’t need the extra time to do so.  Max Novak would get things started less than 5 minutes into the game, picking up his third goal of the season for a 1-0 lead.  Brian O’Neill would pick up his 10th goal during the second to double the lead.  Then Paul Thompson would finish things off halfway through the third with his 13th goal for the 3-0 advantage.  That was all Yann Danis would need, as he stopped all 24 shots in picking up his seventh shutout of the season, third against Hartford.  It’s the second time in three seasons and third time in franchise history that a Devil team has punched a postseason ticket.  Reece Scarlett would add two assists, while Novak and Jim O’Brien had one helper each.  Also of note: it took just a hair over two hours to complete, as both teams combined for just 5 minor penalties, none in the third period.

The Lineup:

Matt Lorito-Brian O’Neill-Max Novak

Ben Johnson-Jim O’Brien-Paul Thompson

Graham Black-Kevin Rooney-Trevor Mingoia

Pierre-Luc Leblond-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Marc Andre Gragnani/Reece Scarlett

Paul Geiger/Corbin McPherson

Brandon Burlon/Raman Hrabarenka

Yann Danis/Ken Appleby

Out: Dan Kelly, Blake Coleman, Chris McKelvie, Ryan Kujawinski, Nick Lappin, Joe Faust, Justin Crandall, Alex Carrier

Power Play: 0 for 3.  Penalty Kill: 2 for 2.  Penalty Minutes: 4.  Shots on Goal: 34.  Shots Allowed: 24.

Highlights:

Wednesday: New Jersey is finally getting healthy as they near the end of the regular season.  With Cory Schneider ready to return to the crease, Scott Wedgewood was sent back to Albany after quite a successful 4 game debut stint.  He finished 2-1-1 with a 1.24 GAA and one shutout.

Thursday: With Wedgewood returning to the fold, Ken Appleby was reassigned to Adirondack.  Also, Justin Crandall was released from his PTO and returned to Reading.

4/1 at Binghamton: 2-1 W (OT)

The Devils kicked off the month of April with a trip west to Binghamton to take on the Senators, who were hanging on to the very last thread to stay in the playoff hunt.  Unfortunately for them, the latest team to get into the postseason was not going to help their cause.  Brian O’Neill would get things started early in the first, picking up his 11th goal of the season for a 1-0 lead.  But, it only took about 90 seconds and a power play for the Senators to tie things up, as a Max McCormick shot just got past Scott Wedgewood, who was making his first appearance in net since returning from New Jersey.  After that, he and Senators goaltender Chris Driedger would settle in for a goaltending duel that would extend to the end of regulation.  But just 22 seconds into overtime, as Driedger tried to clear the puck, Marc Andre Gragnani picked it up, passed it to Paul Thompson, who then passed it to Jim O’Brien, and he would score the game winner, his 18th goal of the season.  The win marked a franchise record for a season with 41, passing the playoff team of 2013-14.  Wedgewood turned aside 25 of 26 shots in his 10th win of the season.  Brandon Burlon would pick up an assist on O’Neill’s goal.

The Lineup:

Brian O’Neill-Matt Lorito-Max Novak

Ben Johnson-Jim O’Brien-Paul Thompson

Trevor Mingoia-Kevin Rooney-Ben Thomson

Pierre-Luc Leblond-Graham Black-Alex Carrier

Marc Andre Gragnani/Reece Scarlett

Paul Geiger/Corbin McPherson

Brandon Burlon/Raman Hrabarenka

Scott Wedgewood/Yann Danis

Out: Dan Kelly, Rod Pelley, Blake Coleman, Chris McKelvie, Ryan Kujawinski, Nick Lappin, Joe Faust

Power Play: 0 for 3.  Penalty Kill: 3 for 4.  Penalty Minutes: 15.  Shots on Goal: 33.  Shots Allowed: 26.

Highlights:

4/2 vs. Springfield: 5-4 L

A quick turnaround back on home ice Saturday afternoon, as the Devils played host to the Falcons.  And it was the visitors who got things started rather quickly, as a Tyler Gaudet goal just 2:27 into the contest gave Springfield a 1-0 advantage.  Then Ben Johnson would singlehandedly take over the next two periods, scoring the next three goals (two of them power play goals, breaking a 1 for 18 dry spell over their last 7 games) to give the Devils a 3-1 lead after two periods.  In the third…the wheels came completely off the wagon, as in a span of 13:40 the Falcons would put a 4 spot on Yann Danis…Michael Bunting (on a power play), Jordan Szwarz, Domenic Monardo, and Matia Marcantuoni would all score to put Springfield ahead 5-3.  Matt Lorito would try to start a late Devil rally with a power play goal, his 17th, with 2:32 to go, and despite a late Devil attack on the Falcons net, they could not get that tying goal in.  The loss marked the first time all season the Devils blew a second period lead (they were 19-0 coming into today).  Danis would stop 16 of 21 shots.  Paul Thompson and Marc Andre Gragnani each had two assists, while 4 others had one assist each.

The Lineup:

Matt Lorito-Brian O’Neill-Max Novak

Ben Johnson-Jim O’Brien-Paul Thompson

Trevor Mingoia-Kevin Rooney-Ben Thomson

Pierre-Luc Leblond-Graham Black-Ryan Kujawinski

Marc Andre Gragnani/Reece Scarlett

Paul Geiger/Corbin McPherson

Brandon Burlon/Raman Hrabarenka

Yann Danis/Scott Wedgewood

Out: Dan Kelly, Rod Pelley, Blake Coleman, Chris McKelvie, Nick Lappin, Joe Faust, Alex Carrier

Power Play: 3 for 4.  Penalty Kill: 4 for 5.  Penalty Minutes: 10.  Shots on Goal: 40.  Shots Allowed: 21.

Highlights:

4/3 vs. Binghamton: 3-0 W

One last home game to close out a busy week, as the Senators came calling for the second time in 3 days.  Scott Wedgewood and Chris Driedger picked up where they left off in their goaltending duel, with the Devils having a clear advantage in shots (18-5 in the first, 13-5 in the second).  It took until late in the second period for someone to finally get a goal…and it was off the stick of Paul Geiger, who picked up his first pro goal for a 1-0 Devil lead. Things were going along fine until a scary moment in the third…a puck hit Wedgewood right in the mask, opening up a cut on the right side of his face.  He left with the trainer to get stitched up, and Yann Danis stepped in.  Not long after that, another first goal of the season for a Devil…Marc Andre Gragnani finally broke a season long goalless drought to provide the hosts an insurance goal.  Graham Black would seal the win late with an empty netter, his sixth of the season.  With the win, two more franchise records were set: points in a season (94) and shutouts in one season (10).  Wedgewood picked up his 10th win, only stopping 15 shots before exiting, while Danis only had to face 4 shots.  Four Devils had assists, including the first pro point for Kevin Rooney.

The Lineup:

Matt Lorito-Brian O’Neill-Max Novak

Ben Johnson-Jim O’Brien-Paul Thompson

Ryan Kujawinski-Kevin Rooney-Graham Black

Pierre-Luc Leblond-Rod Pelley-Ben Thomson

Marc Andre Gragnani/Reece Scarlett

Paul Geiger/Corbin McPherson

Brandon Burlon/Raman Hrabarenka

Scott Wedgewood/Yann Danis

Out: Dan Kelly, Blake Coleman, Chris McKelvie, Nick Lappin, Joe Faust, Trevor Mingoia, Alex Carrier

Power Play: 0 for 4.  Penalty Kill: 4 for 4.  Penalty Minutes: 21.  Shots on Goal: 42. Shots Allowed: 19.

Highlights:

My Player of the Week:

2-0, only one goal given up in those two starts and having the scar to prove it?  A nice return to the lineup for Scott Wedgewood after returning from a whirlwind week in New Jersey.

Team Leaders:

Goals: Jim O’Brien (18)

Assists: Matt Lorito (35)

Points: Matt Lorito (52)

+/-: Matt Lorito (+15)

Penalty Minutes: Pierre-Luc Leblond (115)

Wins: Yann Danis (27)

GAA: Scott Wedgewood (1.56)

Save Percentage: Scott Wedgewood (.933)

The Vault:

In an effort to help everyone learn about the New Guys that have come in…a bonus two videos this week!  First I offer a highlight reel from last season for Kevin Rooney:

And I couldn’t leave out his college teammate Trevor Mingoia:

Up North with the Thunder:

A 2-1 weekend mark has Adirondack on the verge of clinching a playoff spot in the Kelly Cup playoffs, as the regular season winds down.  Friday night in a 5-1 win over Norfolk Greg Wolfe picked up a hat trick and Ken Appleby stopped 22 of 23 shots.  Appleby turned in another strong performance in a 3-1 win over Brampton on Saturday, stopping 27 of 28 shots, while Gunnar Hughes picked up one assist.  Brampton would return the favor on Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 win, Wolfe the only Thunder scorer.  Adirondack finishes off the regular season this week, hosting Elmira on Tuesday before a home and home series with Manchester on Friday and Saturday, their magic number to clinch a spot at 4.

This Week’s Schedule:

One last 3 in 3 weekend for the regular season, and it starts on the road.  Friday night the Devils head west on Interstate 90 to Syracuse to finish off their season series against the Crunch.  Then on Saturday, they head south on Interstate 81 for their second trip to Binghamton in 8 days.  Finally on Sunday, it’s back on home ice and a showdown with the first place Marlies.

Also this week: the annual end of season awards post.  I hope to have that up either Tuesday night after the STH party or during the day on Wednesday.

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