Devils Lose at Rochester
ROCHESTER, NY -- In their first out-of-conference game of the season, the Albany Devils lost, 5-2, against the Rochester Americans Friday at Blue Cross Arena. Steve Zalewski and Raman Hrabarenka scored for the Devils (4-6-0-4), but the Americans (9-6-1-0) used a pair of shorthanded goals to propel them to their ninth victory.
Zalewski, who led the team in 2011-12 with 19 goals, netted his first goal of the season. He scored atop the goal crease at 14:44 of the second period. Mattias Tedenby and Tim Sestito earned the assists.
The goal came after the Amerks established a 2-0 first period advantage thanks to a pair of goals by Brian Flynn. The first came at 6:14 and the second, a power-play tally, was at 15:23. Rochester recaptured its two goal advantage at 19:36 of the second when defenseman T.J. Brennan scored on a 2-on-1 shorthanded break.
In the third, Brennan scored again shorthanded at 6:11. Albany responded when Hrabarenka fired a shot that was redirected behind Americans goaltender David Leggio at 7:57. Since the puck changed direction off a Rochester player, Hrabarenka was credited with his first professional goal. Jay Leach, who is now on a three-game point streak, and David Wohlberg registered the assists.
Flynn, who assisted on Brennan's second goal, completed his hat trick with an empty-netter at 18:50 of the third.
Jeff Frazee lost his first decision in regulation since Oct. 19. He made 26 saves. At the other end, Leggio made 33 stops.
Next up, Albany welcomes the Syracuse Crunch to Times Union Center Saturday for a 5 pm puck drop. Fans who can't make it to the arena can follow the action on ahllive.com.
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