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Albany Devils Weekly

January 3, 2013 - American Hockey League (AHL) Albany Devils

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THIS WEEK

Coming off two victories last week, the Albany Devils host the Springfield Falcons and the Binghamton Senators at Times Union Center this weekend. Saturday's contest against the Falcons is slated for 5 pm, while Sunday's outing versus Binghamton is scheduled for 4 pm. The Devils are third in the Northeast Division and tied for 12th in the Eastern Conference with an 11-11-1-6 record (29 pts.). The team is 4-6-0-4 at Times Union Center.

Saturday's game features the annual "Pucks & Paws Night." The Devils and the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society have partnered for the event and fans are encouraged to bring their dogs to the game. Tickets are $15 for individuals and $5 for their dogs, with the $5 being donated to the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society. The dogs and their owners will have special seating in the upper bowl of the arena. For images of last year's event, go to page four. To participate, fans can purchase tickets by contacting the Devils Executive Office at 518-433-8457.

For the third time this season, the Devils and Papa John's have teamed for a special offer for a home game. For this Sunday, fans can purchase a Papa John's Family 4 Pack for just $52 and received four tickets, four Devils hats, a voucher for one large pizza and a voucher for one cinnapie dessert. The offer is available by calling the Devils Executive Office at 518-433-8457 or online at thealbanydevils.com/store.

Since Dec. 1, Albany has gone 7-3-1-1, averaging 2.66 goals per game, while allowing 2.25 goals per game. During the span, the Devils are 2-1-0-1 at home and 5-2-1-0 on the road.

Springfield, which lost to the Devils 4-3 Thursday, is first in the Northeast Division and second in the Eastern Conference with a 17-8-2-3 mark (39 pts.). The Falcons are 10-3-1-0 on the road and 4-3-0-1 against divisional opponents. Binghamton, which defeated the Devils 3-2 Friday, is second in the East Division and fourth in the conference with a 19-7-1-2 record (41 pts.). The Senators are 8-4-0-2 on the road and 4-0-0-0 against the Northeast Division.

DEVILS NOTABLES

- Albany concluded its most successful month of the season, going 7-3-1-1 and earning 16-out-of-a-possible-24 points during December.

- The Devils penalty kill unit continues to climb the AHL ranks with an 87.5 percentage, allowing 18 goals on 144 attempts. Albany, which is 9-3-1-4 when holding opponents scoreless on the power play, has registered four shorthanded goals, which ranks tied for sixth.

Team Penalty Kill Record

1. 2012-13 87.5

2. 2008-09 82.2

3. 2009-10 81.6

4. 2006-07 80.6

5. 2011-12 80.0

- The team is 8-4-1-3 when scoring first, 6-4-0-1 when leading after the first and 8-0-0-1 when leading after two.

- Albany's 2.66 goals-against average is sixth in the AHL, allowing 77 goals in 29 games. Jeff Frazee is tied for sixth in the league with a 2.15 goals-against average and Keith Kinkaid is 15th with a 2.47 mark. Frazee is 3-5-3 with a .918 save percentage and Kinkaid is 8-7-3 with a .917 save percentage.

- During December, Keith Kinkaid posted a 7-2-0 record with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage.

- Bobby Butler has a team-leading 21 points and 14 goals, including five power-play tallies. In the last 13 games, he has registered 18 points with 12 goals and six assists. Last week, he posted six points with four goals and two assists in three games.

- Jacob Josefson had points in all three games last week, totaling four assists. He is second on the team with 20 points, including eight goals and 12 assists. Additionally, he leads the club with a plus-9 rating and two shorthanded goals.

- At Hershey Saturday, Tim Sestito netted his third goal of the season, giving him 11 points. For his career, he has posted 106 points with 49 goals and 57 assists in 106 outings.

- Steve Zalewski has a goal and two assists in the last four games. For the season, he has 12 points with three goals and nine assists.

- Last week, rookie Harri Pesonen registered two goals, including the game-winner at Hershey, and an assist. This year, he has 11 points with five goals and six assists.

- Eric Gelinas, who missed the first 15 games with an upper-body injury, has assists in back- to-back games.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thu., Dec. 27; Albany 4 at Springfield 3 (MassMutual Center)

Four different goal scorers helped the Devils to a 4-3 victory against the Springfield Falcons Thursday at Mass Mutual Center. The win ended a four game winless stretch for the Devils, who were outshot 31-29. Albany went 1-for-6 on the power play, while Springfield went 0-for-3.

Harri Pesonen, Stephen Gionta, Joe Whitney and Steve Zalewski each had goals and Adam Larsson registered a pair of assists. In goal, Keith Kinkaid made 28 saves on 31 shots.

For Springfield, Ryan Johansen, Matt Calvert and Cam Atkinson scored and Curtis McElhinney made 25 stops on 29 attempts.

Zalewski's goal, which came at 1:53 of the third on the power play, proved to be the game- winner. After his goal gave Albany a 4-1 lead, Springfield fought back during the last couple of minutes of regulation. Calvert scored with two minutes remaining and Atkinkson made the score 4-3 with 31 ticks on the clock.

1st Period-1, Albany, Pesonen 4 (Burlon, Josefson), 19:08.

2nd Period-2, Albany, Gionta 1 (McPherson), 11:00. 3, Springfield, Johansen 11 (Ruth, Erixon), 15:31. 4, Albany, Whitney 5 (Larsson, Zajac), 16:02.

3rd Period-5, Albany, Zalewski 3 (Butler, Larsson), 1:53 (PP). 6, Springfield, Calvert 9 (Atkinson, Erixon), 18:00. 7, Springfield, Atkinson 16 (Calvert, Johansen), 19:29.

Shots on Goal-Albany 11-11-7-29. Springfield 11-10-10-31.

Power Play Opportunities-Albany 1 / 6; Springfield 0 / 3.

Goalies-Albany, Kinkaid 8-7-3 (31 shots-28 saves). Springfield, McElhinney 15-5-2 (29 shots-25 saves).

Fri., Dec. 28; Binghamton 3 at Albany 2 (Times Union Center)

For only the third time in December the Devils failed to register a point, losing to the Binghamton Senators, 3-2, Friday at Times Union Center in front of 5,311 fans. Bobby Butler registered a pair of power-play goals.

Also finding their way on the scoresheet were Eric Gelinas, Jacob Josefson, Scott Parse and Steve Zalewski with assists. In goal, Jeff Frazee made 14 saves on 17 shots.

For Binghamton, Cole Schneider scored twice and Jakob Silfverberg registered the game- winning goal, which came at 17:25. Mike Hoffman sent a shot on goal and the rebound fell right to Silfverberg, whose shot managed to sneak under Frazee. 1st Period-1, Albany, Butler 12 (Gelinas, Josefson), 10:08 (PP).

2nd Period-2, Binghamton, Schneider 3 (Gryba, Da Costa), 19:59.

3rd Period-3, Binghamton, Schneider 4 (Stone), 1:29. 4, Albany, Butler 13 (Parse, Zalewski), 13:21 (PP). 5, Binghamton, Silfverberg 13 (Hoffman), 17:25.

Shots on Goal-Binghamton 2-12-3-17. Albany 13-12-12-37.

Power Play Opportunities-Binghamton 0 / 2; Albany 2 / 6.

Goalies-Binghamton, Lehner 12-4-1 (37 shots-35 saves). Albany, Frazee 3-5-3 (17 shots-14 saves).

Current Streaks

Bobby Butler - 4-game point streak (4g-2a)

Jacob Josefson - 3-game point streak (3a)

Eric Gelinas - 2-game point streak (2a)

Upcoming Milestones

Matt Anderson - 21 away from 200 career AHL points

Phil DeSimone - 17 away from 100 career AHL games

Jeff Frazee - 1 away from 10 career AHL shutouts

Eric Gelinas - 13 away from 100 career AHL games

Adam Henrique - 8 away from 100 career AHL games

Mike Hoeffel - 22 away from 100 career AHL games

Mike Sislo - 21 away from 100 career AHL games

Joe Whitney - 5 away from 100 career AHL games

Recent Milestones

Matt Anderson - 300th career AHL game; at NOR (Dec. 22)

Tim Sestito - 300 career AHL game; at NOR (Dec. 21)

Steve Zalewski - 200th career AHL point; vs. WBS (Dec. 12)

Tim Sestito - 100th career AHL point; at RCH (Nov. 23)

Jay Leach - 450th career AHL game; vs. NOR (Nov. 12)

Matt Anderson - 100th career AHL assist; vs. PRO (Apr. 14)

Incredible Moments. Instant Memories.

Sat., Dec. 29; Albany 3 at Hershey 2 (Giant Center)

The Devils wrapped up the calendar year with a 3-2 victory Saturday against the Hershey Bears at Giant Center. Playing three games in three nights, the Devils earned four-out-of-a- possible-six points. Netminder Keith Kinkaid made 34 saves in his eighth win of the season.

Bobby Butler and Harri Pesonen each registered a goal and an assist and Jacob Josefson posted a pair of helpers. The trio had a hand in the game-winning goal, which came at 11:58 of the third period. On a fast break, Josefson fired a shot from the slot and Butler sent a follow-up try off the right post. Pesonen arrived at the top of the crease at the same time as the puck, banging in his second goal during the team's three game stretch.

Tim Sestito also scored for the Devils, while John DiSalvatore and Zach Hamill scored for the Bears.

The Devils, who have only won one other time at Giant Center, were outshot, 36-29. Both teams went 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

1st Period-1, Hershey, DiSalvatore 10 (Mitchell, Potulny), 8:06.

2nd Period-2, Albany, Sestito 3 (Gelinas, Hoeffel), 12:18.

3rd Period-3, Albany, Butler 14 (Pesonen, Josefson), 2:53. 4, Hershey, Hamill 10 (Berry), 3:38. 5, Albany, Pesonen 5 (Butler, Josefson), 11:58.

Shots on Goal-Albany 12-8-9-29. Hershey 10-11-15-36.

Power Play Opportunities-Albany 0 / 3; Hershey 0 / 3.

Goalies-Albany, Kinkaid 8-7-3 (36 shots-34 saves). Hershey, Holtby 12-10-1 (29 shots-26 saves).

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS

Sat., Jan. 5 vs. Springfield Falcons (Times Union Center)

The Springfield Falcons, who are 5-4-1-0 in their last 10 games, are coming off a 4-3 loss against the Devils Thursday, a 4-2 setback against the Connecticut Whale Saturday and a 4-1 victory against the Norfolk Admirals Sunday.

Cam Atkinson, who is third in the AHL with 35 points, including 16 goals and 19 assists, leads the team, while Jonathan Audy-Marchessault is second with 28 points with eight goals and a team-best 20 assists. Nick Drazenovic is third with 25 points backed by nine goals and 16 assists.

Netminder Curtis McElhinney has played in 23 of the team's 30 games. He is 15-5-2 with a 2.16 goals-against average, a .931 save percentage and six shutouts. He is first in the league for wins and shutouts and fourth for save percentage.

Sun., Jan. 6 vs. Binghamton Senators (Times Union Center)

The Binghamton Senators, who own the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, are 6-3-0-1 in their last 10. They are coming off a 5-3 loss against Syracuse Wednesday, a 3-2 win at Albany Friday and a 2-1 win at Rochester Saturday. Most recently, they claimed a 4-2 win against St. John's Monday.

The Senators are led by Jakob Silfverberg, who has notched 26 points with 13 goals and 13 assists. Andre Benoit is second with 21 points, including nine goals and 12 assists and Mike Hoffman is third with 19 points with seven goals and 12 assists.

Binghamton has used the tandem of Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner between the pipes. Bishop is 6-3-1 with a 2.89 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage. Lehner is 12-4-1 with a 1.88 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage.

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