Albany Devils Fall Late in Shootout
WILKES-BARRE, PA - Despite Maxime Clermont's 29 saves in his season debut, the Albany Devils lost, 2-1, in a shootout against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena. Albany, which entered the game on a three-game winning streak, extended its point streak to four games.
Clermont, who New Jersey reassigned to Albany from Elmira (ECHL) Thursday, appeared in his first AHL game since Apr. 15, 2012 versus Syracuse. Against the Penguins, he made seven saves in the first, 12 in the second, seven in the third and three in overtime. During the shootout, he denied the first three WB/Scranton tries before surrendering the final three.
The Devils led 1-0 during the first three rounds until WB/Scranton's Jayson Megna tied the game in the fourth. His teammate Tom Kostopoulos scored in the fifth, but was matched by Joe Whitney to extend the session. The Penguins Adam Payerl netted the winner in the sixth round.
With 26 saves in regulation and overtime and four saves in the shootout, WB/Scranton's Jeff Zatkoff earned his 18th win.
The Penguins got on the board at 9:25 of the first when Trevor Smith scored on the power-play. The Devils responded with a Darcy Zajac goal from Jacob Josefson and Scott Parse at 15:46 of the second.
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